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    Daniel LaRusso 
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    Amanda LaRusso 
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"You can't put a band-aid on an open head wound."
Played by: Courtney Henggeler

"You know, as much as I would love to watch you and your childhood karate rival duke it out, I kinda don't wanna get any blood on the patio..."

Daniel's wife, business partner and mother of his children. She vainly tries to be a voice of reason once the feud between Daniel and Johnny reignites.


  • Adult Fear: The aftermath of the fight at the school where her daughter ends up in the hospital shows a healthy amount of this.
  • Benevolent Boss: Considering how she is willing to stick up for Robby and how she makes Louie apologize to Robby for hazing him, and acts with professionalism and courtesy towards the Dealership staff. As long as you are not Louie, she has proven to be a pleasant boss to work for.
  • Bitch Slap: She slaps Kreese across the face when she confronts him at his dojo following the fight between Samantha and Hawk's groups in an amusement center.
  • Both Sides Have a Point: Downplayed example between Daniel and Amanda when it comes to raising their children. Daniel's side does have a merit in the type of friends Sam is making and her trying to become popular. But at the same time, Amanda is correct in her point that embarrassing her in front of other people would do little to help this, not to mention invading Sam's privacy. However, eventually, Daniel usually seems to be the one who is right after Sam saw what her friends and Kyler truly were and discard them. As for Anthony, it's simply Daniel being correct about his spoiled attitude and choosing video games over karate, while Amanda pointing out he can't just force him to become better. And even though Anthony remained a flat character, his frustrating behavior makes the audience want to side with Daniel.
  • Deadpan Snarker: It would be easier to list those times she averts this trope. She can't help but cut loose with the sarcasm when her husband does something particularly ill-advised, though the majority of the time her snarkiness is nothing but good-natured.
  • Hands-Off Parenting: Downplayed. She will put her foot down when it comes to overt wrongdoing, but Amanda seems a little more preoccupied with being a "cool" parent than Daniel is, instantly taking Sam's side against him without considering that his (not-unfounded) concerns about her friends might have some merit. She's also even more permissive than he is when it comes to Anthony's selfish and bratty behavior.
  • Happily Married: She and Daniel are clearly happy with one another, although occasionally will have a few rocky arguments, especially in regards to Daniel's beef with Cobra Kai.
  • Hollywood Restraining Order: Kreese files a frivolous restraining order against Amanda after she confronts him at Cobra Kai's dojo for his students having assaulted her husband's students plus Miguel and for having damaged her house.
  • Hypocrite: Doesn't want Daniel invading Sam's privacy in Season 1. Knows Sam's computer password in Season 2. She even lampshades it.
    Amanda: Now is not the time.
  • Mama Bear: Also downplayed, but both her defense of Robby at the beach club and her Tranquil Fury when Sam gets hurt show a woman who is fiercely protective of her kids.
  • Odd Friendship: She seems to get along with Johnny pretty well. Whenever they hang out she (with the help of another woman) tend to ease the tension between him and her husband. In the third season she even hugs Johnny after a night of fun with him Daniel and Ali.
  • Only Sane Woman: The only member of the family who doesn't let the feud get into her head and can see how childish and incredibly stupid it actually is. After the brawl in Season Two, she's the one who points out to Daniel that he and Miyagi-Do are just as responsible for it as Cobra Kai and he needs to shut down the dojo now.
    • Ironically, it's this trope that makes her actually come around to Daniel's view in Season 3. The moment she realises how batshit crazy Kreese is, that he's a legitimate threat to the well-being of the kids, and that someone has to stand up to him, she begins backing Daniel's efforts to keep the dojo going.
  • Reasonable Authority Figure: Can actually see Louie for what he is, is highly supportive of Robby at work and in general, and is a highly competent boss at work.
  • Selective Obliviousness: Her desire for Sam to be socially accepted at school so she won't be bullied blinds her to the fact her friends are the bullies. She wises up once she actually learns about the things they've done such as doing a hit-and-run on Johnny's car.
  • Stage Mom: Her main negative quality is the disproportionate importance she places in Sam's social status, and how it blinds her to how awful people Sam's new rich friends are.
  • Took a Level in Badass: Slaps Kreese across the face in Season 3 despite not being a martial artist and knowing he's a dangerous sociopath. She also gets to neatly subvert one of his Call-Back Lines from the first movie.
    Kreese: But I like that! I like that.
    Amanda: I don't give a shit what you like.
  • Unwitting Instigator of Doom:
    • One cannot stop wondering whether it was the whole "Sam must hang out with popular kids" thing that she so obviously instills in her daughter that caused the Sam-Aisha relationship to break down.
    • A lot of the problems that occur in "Different But Same" could have been avoided had she let Sam tell Miguel she was grounded and not allowed to use her phone.
  • Wet Blanket Wife: Amanda has all the traditional trappings of the stereotypical "nagging wife" to Daniel, initially appearing as the more materialistic, not getting along with his working-class mom, and lacking Daniel's passion for Karate, focusing more on their business. But then when Daniel does express interest in becoming an instructor she is completely on board, only voicing concerns when he rather blatantly starts blowing off his day job. She only firmly brings the hammer down after the school brawl, but even after that she's still loving and supportive of her husband. The subversion becomes clear after she meets Kreese and, realizing the man is putting her daughter and the other kids in danger, joins Daniel in his efforts to defeat him.
  • Women Are Wiser: Once again, another downplayed example. She does have her moments of unintentionally making things worse and her hands-off parenting style wasn't always effective, but Amanda is the one who always calls Daniel out for his petty attempts to make things harder for Johnny and putting his personal and professional life at stake to lead his dojo. In fact, she was always the one who reminded him that he was supposed to bring balance in his life when Daniel did baffling deeds.

    Samantha LaRusso 
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"Everyone's got a sob story. Doesn't give you the right to be a bully."
Played by: Mary Mouser

"You don't have to worry about me, dad. I can handle myself. I'm a LaRusso."

Daniel's daughter. Sam is dealing with the drama of high school and her new clique, eventually finding out how quickly people can turn when her new boyfriend starts a smear campaign against her.


  • Action Girl: She was trained by Daniel at a young age, so despite being a few years out of practice, she quickly and efficiently handles a handsy Kyler. In Season 2 she begins training again along side Robby as Daniel's top students.
  • Alcohol-Induced Idiocy: Engages in a drinking contest with Tory, which she wins... but gets inebriated enough to kiss Miguel where Tory can see and be in no condition to return home, causing Robby to take her to crash at Johnny's place. The latter act reignites Johnny and Daniel's feud due to the misunderstanding in the morning, and the former kicks off the -brawl that results in numerous injuries, including Miguel's near death.
  • All Girls Want Bad Boys: Subverted. She was initially attracted to Kyler the local jerkass, but witnessing Kyler's true personality, she breaks up with him. She breaks up with Miguel when his own growing jerkass personality goes too far... only to again display attraction to him in Season 2 when he Takes A Level In Kindness.
  • Back in the Saddle: After a whole season of refusing to take up karate again and showing only occasional glimpses of her badassery, in one of the last scenes of the first season finale she goes back to the house's dojo and starts practicing again. She joins Robby as a fellow student of the Miyagi-Do Karate dojo starting from the second season.
  • Beauty Is Never Tarnished: Subverted by Season 3. In the first two seasons, Mary Mouser is made up and styled attractively. In Season 3 Sam has a scar on her arm from fighting Tory, and her general appearance isn't nearly as immaculate as before. She frequently looks "off" — which makes complete sense in- or out-of-series, given all the inner turmoil and trauma she's dealing with.
  • Berserk Button: She can't fight now, she's still recovering from — wait, did you just wreck that portrait of Miyagi in her home dojo? Get ready for a beatdown!
  • Brooding Boy, Gentle Girl: Gentle girl to both insecure Miguel and troubled Robby at times, although she really prefers it when they act like Nice Guys in return.
  • Bystander Syndrome: Several times in Season 1. She doesn't call out Yasmine for her bullying until it's turned towards her, she doesn't stand up for Aisha when Yasmine sends the cruel meme of her to everyone, and she doesn't try to help Miguel when Kyler and his friends are attacking him, even though she knows karate. The only time she averts this is when Miguel tries to start a fight with Robby, which makes him accidentally hit her. Justified and discussed in season 3, when she suffers a panic attack when Tory shows up at the Golf N'Stuff fight and she's unable to protect her friends from getting beaten up or Demetri having his arm broken, ending up in tears. She spends the next few episodes feeling guilty and further traumatized about it.
  • Can't Get Away with Nuthin': She kisses Miguel once in Season 2, while she's completely drunk. It sets off a devastating free-for-all at school, and Miguel ends up hospitalized and having to recover from a spinal injury.
  • Cassandra Truth: She criticises both Aisha and Miguel for their new choice of friend/date when they first start hanging around with Tory, while they both dismiss her criticisms as being based on simple jealousy. While they may have had a point about Sam rushing to judgement of somebody she doesn't know, Sam is ultimately proven correct that Tory isn't a very nice person.
  • Closet Geek: Before Season 1, Sam was best friends with the very nerdy Aisha and they used to go to science camp and dress up as chemical formulas for Halloween together. Sam ends up setting aside a lot of her old nerdy interests in the hopes of being accepted by the popular kids in high school.
  • Daddy's Girl: Daniel and Sam seem to be a lot closer than Daniel and Anthony, teaching the former karate while the latter's always got his face buried in video games.
  • Dude Magnet: No fewer then three guys vie for her attention in Season 1.
  • Expository Hairstyle Change: Constantly wears her hair loose in Season 1, when she's avoiding karate. Constantly wears it pulled back in Season 2, when she's taken it up once again. The only exception is the final fight, when she really could have used it. In Season 3 she tends to wear it half back, showing her ambivalence.
  • Fair Weather Friend: Initially. She didn't stick up for Aisha when Yasmine referred to "one size fits all" as "false advertising." Then, after Aisha became one of the Cobra Kai power players and Yasmine lost her stock at her own birthday party, Sam went with her. Downplayed in that it was a realization; Aisha was eliminated in the quarters at the All Valley Tournament, indicating that Sam looked past that loss and reached out to her instead of vice versa.
  • Fatal Flaw: Her refusal to own up to her mistakes. Her friendship with Aisha was ruined after she prioritized popularity over her true friends then blamed Aisha for her choice in friends even though it was Sam who falsely accused Tory of stealing. When Tory confronted her about kissing Miguel, she doesn't apologize or try to explain herself, which made Tory even more furious. Then during the fight when she briefly gets the upper hand on Tory, she tells her to knock it off rather than using the opportunity to apologize, once again fueling her rage.
  • Freudian Excuse Is No Excuse: In Season 2, this is her default response to Tory's accounts of her Dark and Troubled Past.
  • Generation Xerox:
    • Much like how Miguel and Robby mirror Johnny and Daniel, Sam herself is like Ali, though with several key differences.
    • She also share a few similarities to Julie Pierce from The Next Karate Kid such as becoming a target for bullying after rejecting a jerk's advances and having to rely on her karate training to fend him off at one point.
    • Also mirrors her father's high school past in Season 2, to an extent. She experiences violence and retribution from a jealous romantic rival. Inverting the dynamic, however, Sam is the more privileged rival and recently broke up with the person at the centre of the love triangle.
    • Like her mom she can be very focused on being a social climber. She ditched Aisha for the more popular Alpha Bitch Yasmine and only came back to Aisha when the latter lost her high standing and Aisha gained more standing. Also while she didn't approve of Kyler's bullying, she only broke up with him after Kyler tried to force himself on her as opposed to Miguel whom she broke up with for trying to get violent with Robby. note 
  • Heroic Second Wind: After spending nearly all of Season 3 too scared and traumatized to fight Tory again, seeing her break the picture of Mr. Miyagi helps remind her what she's fighting for and breaks out a bo staff for round two.
  • Horrible Judge of Character: She should have seen Yasmine and Kyler's flaws a mile away. Luckily, she learns and quickly notices when Miguel starts to change.
  • It's All About Me: Played with. She frequently gets concerned over situations that involve her and finds little or no issues with bullying happening right in front of her when it would be bad for her social status to speak up. Her actions also make it clear that she'd rather have her boyfriend join a different dojo to make it easier to make her relationship with him acceptable. On the other hand it does show she feels for people, even if she doesn't act on it. When Robby's mother comes back to announce she'll be going to rehab, Sam does ask him if he's even up for a party considering the situation. However, she then proceeds to get drunk and put him in a role where he has to take care of her, even asking him to hide her so she can avoid trouble. All in all, she is a teenager who's can be very selfish and impulsive at times, but she can show moments where she does seem to try.
  • It's All My Fault: The flip side of the above. She can be very quick to blame herself or take way more blame than necessary.
  • Kick Chick: She prefers kicks over punches whenever she fights.
  • Male Might, Female Finesse: When paired with Robby. He's the more solid, powerful fighter; she's the quicker, more agile one.
  • Masculine Girl, Feminine Boy: The masculine girl to Demetri's feminine boy. Mainly since Sam is a more trained and skilled fighter than Demetri is, more aggressive than him and is often the one to look after him.
  • Mistaken for Cheating: Due to her less-than-straightforward tendencies, Sam has problems with this.
    • She and Robby arrive at the canyon party at the wrong time, as an intoxicated Miguel incorrectly deduces that Sam is dumping him for Robby, and takes a shot at Robby... only to miss and accidentally hit Sam instead. More understandable when you notice that Sam and Robby are holding hands when Miguel notices themnote , and Sam was hiding Miguel from her parents, making him think she was ashamed of him. Still not an excuse for violence, but really, what else was he supposed to think? She then starts dating Robby.
    • After getting out of juvie in Season 3, Robby sees her with Miguel and immediately assumes they've gotten back together. Which they hadn't, at that point, but Robby doesn't want to hear it. She then starts dating Miguel again.
  • My God, What Have I Done?: Sam has a few major moments of It's All My Fault.
    • She's horrified by Miguel's injury and hospitalization after the school brawl in the Season 2 finale, and guiltily blames herself for kissing him, provoking Tory's wrath, and setting the whole thing off.
    • Later in Season 3 she can't stop blaming herself for being panicked and paralyzed while Demetri had his arm broken by Hawk.
  • Nice Girl: Unlike her brother, she's a very kind, compassionate and polite person even though she grew up in a well-off family.
  • Nice Job Breaking It, Hero!: Hoo boy. Her actions and inactions led to a lot of the problems throughout the series. See list here.
  • Nice Shoes: As a result of the Teens Are Short trope, Sam frequently wears fashionable boots to make her somewhat taller.
  • Oblivious to Love: Robby quickly develops a crush on her but Sam doesn't initially notice. Subverted when she tries to kiss him, then they do start dating.
  • Pint-Sized Powerhouse: A rather small teenage girl, even smaller than the other action girls Aisha and Tory. She can go toe-to-toe with the best students of either side.
  • Pop-Cultured Badass: Not to the same extent as Demetri, but she makes references to Keyser Soze and the Force and seems to be generally well-versed in movie trivia.
  • Privileged Rival: How Tory sees her, since she and Tory get off on the wrong foot, quickly build up enmity, and both date/dated Miguel.
  • Really Gets Around: Sam has been a bullying target of this since breaking up with Kyler. She also received a nasty comment from Hawk lampshading this and mentioning that she sleeps with all her boyfriends, which may or may not be what other people believe too. A worried Daniel finally invokes this in Season 3, concerned that she's been with Kyler, then Miguel, then Robby, then back to Miguel.
  • She's Back: Not even spending most of Season 3 with PTSD will let her tolerate Mr. Miyagi's picture being damaged.
  • Simple Staff: In the third season, this is what she and her father use in training. Also used when she and Tory face off again.
  • Single Woman Seeks Good Man: After dealing with Kyler, Sam learns to be more selective with whom she dates and seeks guys who are actually nice and respectful of her. The problem is Miguel and Robby keep taking turns being the "good man"...
  • Still Got It: As proven when she fends off Kyler's advances; in turn, she is inspired to ask if Miyagi-Do has "room for one more" student.
  • Stone Wall: On more than one level, she is Demetri's Distaff Counterpart: almost entirely defense-oriented and thus unlikely to get annoyed by multiple shots. That also makes her the flip side to Tory, whom she faced (and ultimately disposed of) in the school brawl.
  • Sympathetic Adulterer: Played with as of the end of Season 3. After Samantha breaks up with Miguel, she begins dating Robby. In Episode 9 of Season 2, after finding out Miguel had returned one of Miyagi's heirlooms (and consuming copious amounts of alcohol), she kisses him. It's actually not played particularly sympathetically, as Miguel tells her it's wrong and Sam then feels guilty and eventually horrified after the school brawl. However, their feelings do eventually reignite and they get back together in Season 3... with a hurt Robby having shown up just slightly before and having called both of them out for seemingly cheating.
  • Teens Are Short: She is half a foot shorter than both the actors playing her parents.
  • Tomboyish Name: Almost always referred to as "Sam" and not Samantha. It has yet to be played as a true Gender-Blender Name with any Mistaken Identity consequences.
  • Took a Level in Badass: As evidenced by her Final Battle with Tory.
  • The Unapologetic:
    • Despite apparently learning that Tory didn't steal her mom's wallet, Sam never apologizes to Tory which does nothing to stop their rivalry.
    • Played more subtly with Miguel; Sam says she's sorry because she didn't know he returned the Medal of Honor, however, she never accuses him of doing so, so she is essentially apologizing for nothing.
    • After she kisses Miguel, she drunkenly apologizes to Robby, but he doesn't know what she's talking about and she doesn't get the chance to clarify before brawl at the school.
  • Unresolved Sexual Tension: With Miguel. In Season 2, they still have feelings for each other despite dating Tory and Robby, respectively. They seemingly resolve it and get back together in Season 3.
  • Unwitting Instigator of Doom: The events of her involvement that led to the warring dojos. At the end of Season 2, she is in the hospital and blames herself for all the events that unfolded.
  • Uptown Girl: To both Miguel from Reseda and juvenile delinquent Robby. She's pointed out to Miguel as one of the "rich girls" on his first day at West Valley. Robby later hesitates about starting a relationship with her because he doesn't want to seem disrespectful of her family after they took him in.
  • Victory by Endurance: Of the "Dodge Tank" variety. Sam isn't quite able to generate the power necessary to end fights with decisive blows, so she generally dodges and parries her opponent's strikes, letting them wear themselves down trying to hit her.
  • Waif-Fu: She's quite small by comparison with Aisha or Tory, but she's arguably the most experienced of the three in karate (she started training with her dad when she was very little, though she hasn't kept in practice for years). Her fighting style works with her short stature and small frame to utilize quickness, agility, and redirecting and controlling her opponent's movements.
  • Weak, but Skilled: Compared to Tory. Sam is smaller, possibly weaker, and less boisterous, as well as less willing to resort to dirty tactics in a fight. Yet she managed to outmaneuvre a lot of Tory's attacks and appears to be the more skilled fighter of the two. While she seems to suffer the worst of the scuffle in the aftermath, being hospitalised while Tory was still training with Kreese, she still won the fight in the moment, managing to reverse an attempted strike with spiked knuckles and kick her opponent down the stairs.
  • What the Hell, Hero?: After Robby accidentally kicks Miguel off the second floor, Samantha is the first to call him out on this .

    Anthony LaRusso 
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Played by: Griffin Santopietro

Daniel's son. He is a spoiled pre-teen who only thinks of video games.


  • Annoying Younger Sibling: He delights in bothering Sam and adding fuel to the flames whenever she's in trouble.
  • The Artifact: The reason why he is Out of Focus in Seasons 2 and 3. The point of his character in Season 1 is to be a Spoiled Brat and show how different Daniel's life as a wealthy business owner is from his working class upbringing in the original trilogy. With Daniel's role in the story increasingly focused on him reviving Miyagi-do to teach the modern high schoolers rather than his life of luxury, Anthony doesn't serve much purpose.
  • Demoted to Extra: In Season 2, he only appears in two episodes and has very few lines. It's explained that he went away to summer camp.
  • Flat Character: He pretty much exists only to be an obnoxious Jerkass to everyone around him.
  • Formerly Fat: Desite being a Big Eater Lazy Bum, in his only appearance on Season 3, he appears to have lost a LOT of weight.
  • Hidden Depths: Subverted. He becomes very impressed and fascinated while watching the All-Valley Tournament and gets disappointed when Sam wants to leave early, a sign that he might eventually start taking an interest in karate himself. Next he's seen, however, he's glued to his Nintendo Switch.
  • Jabba Table Manners: When he's not busy being a spoiled, rotten excuse of a son, or playing video games that is. He often stuffs his face such as drinking melted butter off of the ramekin.
  • Lazy Bum: Prefers playing karate video games (e.g. Tekken) to actually learning the art from his dad. It's later shown he'd be open to learning karate if Daniel weren't so insistent on the Wax On, Wax Off method of teaching. Though this may not always be the case, because he lost a subtle amount of weight in Season 2, likely from the summer camp activities. In Season 3, his only scene showed that he had gotten even thinner, courtesy of his actor.
  • My Dad Can Beat Up Your Dad: He frequently boasts about Daniel's karate skills to the people he comes across and thinks he can beat up anyone.
  • Put on a Bus: Aside from a single scene at the start and end of Season 2, Anthony spends most of the season away at camp. His only appearance in Season 3 is being with Amanda while she chastises Samantha for continuing on karate, with Anthony speaking like a disappointed father to Samantha to rub it in.
  • Satellite Character: He doesn't really play a significant part in anything. He's just kind of there to annoy everyone.
  • Spoiled Brat: He is a rude little shit obsessed with video-games. Even Daniel is aware of it as he voices his wish to toss Anthony into the pool after the kid rudely demands a soda.
    Anthony: Dad, where the hell's my drink? Hurry up!
    Daniel: [cheerfully] You know what? I'm gonna throw him in the goddamn pool!

    Lucille LaRusso 
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Played by: Randee Heller (1984-89, 2018-Present)

Daniel's mother. She has a difficult relationship with Amanda.


  • Obnoxious In-Laws: Every time she visits she can’t help but criticize anything Amanda does as a wife and mother.
  • Struggling Single Mother: After Daniel's dad passed away, she had to raise him alone and she had to work really hard to manage it.
  • Thicker Than Water: She’s a firm believer that family should take care of each other, which is why she is so insistent that Daniel employ his cousin Louie despite being a terrible employee and an asshole.
  • Took a Level in Jerkass: In the film trilogy, she was a bit overprotective of Daniel, but also very kind to others. Here, she unfairly criticizes everything Amanda does while cooking and hosting and coldly dismisses any of her completely justified complaints about Louie's terrible work behavior. The two of them are getting along much better by the time Daniel returns home with Robby, which Sam claims credit for, but she remains coy about what she said or did to turn it around.

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    Robby Keene 
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"I can't be my worst enemy, but you can be!"
Played by: Tanner Buchanan

"Look, I know I'm supposed to forgive you, or whatever, but right now, it's a little tough."

Johnny's estranged son, Robby initially seeks employment under Daniel as a form of revenge towards his father out of jealousy for Johnny and Miguel's burgeoning paternal friendship. However, Good Feels Good is in effect, and Robby ends up ironically becoming Daniel's student in Miyagi-do karate.


  • The Ace:
    • This kid is ridiculously good at anything he does, be it skateboarding, working at the car dealership, karate, or petty crime. A photo of his younger self on Johnny's refrigerator showed that Robby was a soccer champ as well.
    • In Season 2, this evolves into Broken Ace, as the dramas and pressures of the feud between Miyagi-Do and Cobra Kai combine with his personal rivalry with Miguel both as a fighter and as Sam’s Love Interest overwhelm him, and he severely injured Miguel after receiving mercy at his hands.
  • Antagonistic Offspring: Initially. He has a lot of aggression and anger towards his dad, but fortunately, Daniel manages to impart enough forgiveness onto him that he can accept his father's apology after Miguel beats him with dirty fighting in the tournament. Unfortunately, Season 2 shows that forgiving everything isn't as easy as all that, and Robby's continuing anger towards Johnny and Cobra-Kai has disastrous consequences by season's end. Reaches its peak in Season 3 where Robby sides with Kreese and openly declares Johnny "his worst enemy".
  • Attack! Attack! Attack!: Despite being under Daniel's tutelage he is by far way more aggressive than most of the students, wanting to actually prove to everyone that they can fight rather than just allowing everyone to view them as posers. It's this line of thinking that, ironically enough, makes him perfect Cobra Kai material.
  • The Atoner: After genuinely forming a bond with Daniel and training in Miyagi-Do Karate, Robby attempts to do better with his life, admitting to his delinquent past to the LaRussos and even making an effort to mend things with his father. Sadly, him kicking Miguel off the balcony leads to a string of misfortune and broken relationships that leaves him wide open to Kreese's manipulations, turning him from moving towards a better future to embracing his personal grudges and resentment even worse.
  • Became Their Own Antithesis: During his fight with Miguel at the All Valley finals at the end of Season 1, he offered Miguel a hand to get back up, but a jealous Miguel took the opportunity to aggravate Robby's shoulder injury even further. Their roles become reversed in the school-wide brawl at the end of Season 2, where Miguel, having managed to get Robby into a submission, releases him and apologizes. Robby, enraged and envious of Sam's lingering feelings for Miguel, seizes the chance to deliver a hard kick at Miguel. Unfortunately, Robby's moment of weakness resulted in far greater consequences... And by the end of Season 3, Robby is fully aligned with Kreese's Cobra Kai.
  • Becoming the Mask: Robby only seeks to work for Daniel simply to spite his dad, but eventually grew to enjoy working under him.
  • Blinded by Rage: Furious at being outfought by Miguel and then being released by him in an act of mercy, Robby seizes this brief moment of vulnerability and attacks Miguel again. By the time he came to his senses, it was too late...
  • Brooding Boy, Gentle Girl: The troubled "Brooding Boy" to Sam's "Gentle Girl" when they become a couple in Season 2.
  • Byronic Hero: An attractive, intelligent, charismatic, moody and conflicted teenage delinquent with Parental Abandonment issues, whose willingness to spite his own father leads to dramatic events. Becomes apparent during Season 3, as he turns over to Kreese's side feeling he has been betrayed by Johnny, Daniel and Sam.
  • Cant Get Away With Nothing: During the tournament, Hawk ends up dislocating his shoulder with a cheapshot and then Miguel continues to attack his shoulder to win the Tournament. While Robby understandably has bad blood, he still tries to Turn the Other Cheek. He finally reaches his breaking point during the brawl in Season 2 where in a Moment of Weakness, he inadvertantly kicks Miguel off the second floor of the school. The one moment Robby lashes out in anger potentially has the largest consequences in the series.
  • Crazy Jealous Guy: Displays this reaction to finding out that Sam kissed Miguel during the school-wide brawl at the end of Season 2, ironically repeating Miguel's arc from Season 1.
  • Dangerous Forbidden Technique: Pulls off a one-hand-stand double leg kick in the final match against Miguel. The move was foreshadowed by Daniel talking it up as a difficult one that he didn't think he could pull off anymore, and we saw Robby practice the basic in a skate park.
  • Darth Vader Clone: Surprisingly so. Robby is a gifted young man with a lot of hidden potential who didn't have the best background growing up. He became The Apprentice to a flawed but wise mentor who only had his best interest at heart. His mentor taught him how to fight, but more importantly tried to help him find balance in his life. Unfortunately, he began to fall from grace when he caused A Tragedy of Impulsiveness, resulting in someone falling off a balcony. It only gets worse when he believes his mentor has betrayed him, and Robby becomes a Crazy Jealous Guy when he believes the woman he loves is leaving him for another man. This ultimately result in him siding with an evil old man who agreed to take Robby under his tutelage. Robby even try to convince a family member to join the antagonist faction. As you can see, the similarities between Robby and Anakin Skywalker have not gone unnoticed. The theme of his fight with Johnny at the end of Season 3 is even called “Duel of the Snakes” to make the parallels that much more obvious.
  • Delinquents: How Robby spends the first half of the season. He is introduced by getting into trouble by being caught with Molly at school, steals a customer's laptop from an electronics store, hangs out with hardened criminals, and skips school for a month by lying about a trip to Colorado. He begins to turn around after working for Daniel LaRusso.
  • The Determinator: Just like Miguel, when he sets his mind to a goal, he won't quit until it's accomplished. Best shown during the tournament when, after injuring his shoulder, he chooses to fight with one arm rather than forfeit.
  • Don't You Dare Pity Me!: When Miguel showed him mercy during the school-wide brawl at the end of Season 2, it was the last straw for Robby that drove him to attack Miguel instead, causing his crippling injury. No doubt recalling when Miguel had spat on his mercy during their tournament match at the end of Season 1 and already furious at Miguel outfighting him, Miguel offering Robby mercy felt like mockery. Of course, this wasn't Miguel's intention and he really was showing remorse for his actions, but clearly Robby can't see this as anything but an insult. In Robby's mind, Cobra Kai is Villainous by Default, so he couldn't even consider the possibility that Miguel was being genuine.
  • Embarrassing Middle Name: His mother gave him the middle name "Swayze" due to her own obsession with Patrick Swayze.
  • Establishing Character Moment: His first moment in the show establishes his strained relationship with his father when he gets a call to Johnny for selling drugs, and tells him that he's a pathetic loser over the phone without a single care that the principal is right there. The next goes further when he expertly cons a man out of his laptop with his criminal friends, but when one suggests scamming all three potential buyers, Robby shows concern for the other two; a hint at his hidden talent and a small bit of honor.
  • Expository Hairstyle Change: A couple of times.
  • Face–Heel Turn: During his time in prison, Kreese visits Robby to bring him to his side. While unsuccessful at first, his advice to "strike first" kickstarts Robby into becoming more ruthless and rebellious by the time he is set free, refusing to get help from both Daniel and Johnny and seeing Sam and Miguel with contempt after accidentally stumbling upon them together. It all leads to Robby deciding to join up with Kreese and become a student of Kreese's Cobra Kai, a fact that both Johnny and Daniel are not happy about. He is currently shaping up to be Kreese's star student in the near-future.
  • Fatal Flaw: His adherence to Revenge Before Reason. Any time Johnny tries to offer him sound advice or confidence, Robby angrily rejects it even though in his current situation it would be better than nothing. His inability to let go of Miguel injuring his shoulder even after Miguel returned the Medal of Honor and showed mercy, he gets expelled and arrested by kicking him off the second floor. When Daniel has Robby arrested, he cuts Daniel out of his life despite being his best support network up until that point and only having him arrested to get him a lighter sentence. His desire to spite anyone he feels has wronged him has led him to Kreese, despite Daniel having warned him of Kreese and seeing the type of monsters he creates.
  • Foil: He's very much like his father, Johnny, was at his age, as a troubled delinquent with a poor relationship with his (in Johnny's case step) father who finds his life's purpose in karate and a new father figure in his sensei. He's essentially who Johnny could have been if he had been trained by Mr. Miyagi instead of joining Cobra Kai.
  • Free-Range Children: Because he's pretty much estranged from Johnny and his mother spends more time partying and picking up men, Robby is left to his own devices, which is why he keeps landing in trouble.
  • Genius Bruiser:
    • Before taking up karate, Robby was shown to be quite shrewd and experienced in his delinquent ventures.
    • When he applied to work for Larusso Auto, Amanda was rather impressed by Robby's high school transcript (despite having dropped out), remarking that he could have easily started college. Whether this transcript was really legit or not is never confirmed, but even if it wasn't, it would just be another example of Robby's craftiness (especially if he forged that transcript himself).
  • Gone Horribly Right: Well, he initially became Daniel's student to enrage his dad and succeeds in Episode 9, but at the cost of both angering the mentor he has come to care about and blowing any hope of a reconciliation between Daniel and Johnny.
  • Good Feels Good: He finds that Daniel is a Benevolent Boss and responds very well to his lessons and encouragement, leading to him turning on his criminal colleagues and eventually becoming the newest student of Miyagi-Do karate.
  • Green-Eyed Monster: Seeing Johnny and Miguel's relationship is what drives him to take a job at Daniel's auto dealership to spite his father. He eventually gets over it thanks to Daniel's teachings. Surfaces again in Season 2 as he begins to fall for Sam and reacts increasingly badly to Miguel's attempts to reconcile with her, culminating in his inadvertantly seriously injuring Miguel after losing his temper with his rival's attempts to show mercy.
  • Hates Their Parent: He resents Johnny for neglecting his duties as a father during much of his childhood. As the story progresses, however, the two gradually make amends with each other, with Shannon herself encouraging her son to reach out to his father. His contempt towards his father resurfaces in Season 3, and none of Johnny's attempts to reconcile with him work, to the point that Robby eventually turns to Kreese and Cobra Kai.
  • Hidden Depths: After initially seeming like a chip off the old block and like an archetypal "bad kid," we see Robby is quite capable of being charming, clever, and that he's far from stupid when he cons a man into handing over his computer and password while masquerading as a computer store worker. He is also a capable hard worker when he actually applies himself, shown how Robby quickly became a model employee when he started working at the dealership. Amanda's comments about his high school transcript also suggest that, even though he frequently ditched class before dropping out entirely, the grades he got were actually pretty good (or he's clever and skillful enough to forge a really good high school transcript, which is just as impressive in it's own way).
  • Hidden Heart of Gold: Robby has shown on many occasions to have some sense of decency and integrity underneath his troubled persona, such looking conflicted when Trey and Cruz mention their intent on blowing off an associate after Robby stole a laptop from a repair shop and when he attempted to console a fellow inmate that was being bullied by Shawn while in juvenile detention.
  • I Know Madden Kombat: He incorporates his skateboarding skills to perform one-handed double-leg kick (the most difficult technique of Miyagi-do) against Miguel in the All Valley finals.
  • Jerkass to One: Thanks to Daniel's influence, Robby improves from a self-centered punk to a kinder, altrusitic individual. Unfortunately, Season 2 shows that Daniel's preachings on Johnny and Cobra Kai has caused Robby to believe that anything is fair game when it comes to taking them down. Thus, he acts unnecessarily harsh towards his dad and the students culminating in him attacking Miguel with his guard down that leads to the latter suffering life-threatening injuries.
  • Karma Houdini: While he does eventually become a good person thanks to Daniel's influence, the fact remains he never suffers any kind of punishment for the crimes he committed before being hired by the LaRussos.
  • Karma Houdini Warranty: He's shown to be in prison in the first half Season 3 after seriously injuring Miguel.
  • Mr. Fanservice: Noted to be In-Universe by Aisha, who simply refers to him as "abs". He has inherited his father's good looks and atheletic physique.
  • My God, What Have I Done?: At the end of Season 2, he accidentally causes Miguel to fall off the second floor of their school during a fight. He is horrified by what he's done and runs off. However it's subverted in Season 3 as when he gets out of juvie and catches Sam and Miguel hanging out together, any guilt he may have still felt goes away and he tries attacking Miguel again.
  • Never My Fault: Possesses this attitude during the first half of Season 1 when confronted about his choices by Johnny. He blames all of his bad decisions on him.
  • Not So Different: Season 2's Became Their Own Antithesis plot-line for him slowly draws several parallels and similarities between Robby and Miguel, to the point where it can almost feel like Robby is going through Miguel's Season 1 story-arc, all the way down to having a Crazy Jealous Guy streak appear when Sam and Miguel kiss at a party, seemingly having his rival demonstrate more skill in their season-ending confrontation, and then taking advantage of his rival's better nature to defeat and injure him, shaming his master. Unfortunately for Robby, his injury of Miguel is considerably worse than Miguel's injury of him...
  • Odd Friendship: He and Demetri really don't have anything in common, but Robby is happy to hang out with him outside of Miyagi-do lessons and defend him from getting attacked by Cobra Kai nonetheless.
  • Playing Sick: Robby supposedly suffered a sprained ankle in the middle of training. Amanda sends a grounded Sam to drive him back home and return immediately; as they get outside, Robby reveals he faked the injury so he could bring Sam out of the house. A rather clever twist on this trope; faking an injury to help another, rather then themselves, get out of trouble or labor. But, in a way, he was trying to help himself by getting alone time with Sam, showing disappointment when she mentions she has a boyfriend.
  • Revenge Before Reason: Miguel pins a downed Robby during the school brawl and prepares to finish him off, but relents after he recalls Johnny's lecture about mercy and honor. Robby, however, attacks Miguel unprovoked, and inadvertently sends him falling from the second floor of school grounds, leaving him with permanent life-threatening injuries.
  • The Rival: To Miguel. Robby initially resents him for the time and tutelage Johnny gives him but eventually gets over it. Ironically, by this point Miguel has developed a hatred of him because he (incorrectly) believes Robby stole Sam from him and Robby is now his mentor's biggest rival's student.
  • Rival Turned Evil: Although he and Miguel have been The Rival to each other since Season 1, both characters remained sympathetic until Robby became Kreese's Dragon at the end of Season 3.
  • Self-Fulfilling Prophecy: He lies to Sam about Miguel returning Mr. Miyagi's Medal of Honor because he's worried about the possibility of his romantic rival "scoring points" with her. However, when Sam later finds out not only that Miguel returned the medal but that Robby also lied about it, this does much more to drive her back to Miguel than if Robby had just been honest from the beginning.
  • Significant Wardrobe Shift: When first introduced, Robby dressed much like a typical punk or teenage rebel but after coming under Daniel's wing he started dressing more casually. After his time in juvie and falling in with Cobra Kai, Robby readopts his original delinquent visage.
  • Token Good Teammate: Or perhaps closer to Token Neutral Teammate. When he finally turns to Cobra Kai, almost all of Johnny's original students had left or were expelled, leaving only Kreese's handpicked thugs. However, Robby is neither sadistic like Kyler nor as vengeful as Tory, and mainly joined because Kreese was the only person (that was neither his dad nor Daniel) to offer him refuge after he got out of juvie. Robby had intended to only bunk for a night before he was convinced by Tory to stay but was nonetheless absent from Cobra Kai's invasion of the LaRusso household.
  • Took a Level in Jerkass: Happens in Season 3 as soon as Kreese visits him in juvie.
  • Took a Level in Kindness: Almost in exact parallel to Miguel slowly succumbing to the flaws of Cobra Kai philosophy, Robby starts to turn to the positive aspects of Miyagi-Do karate.
  • The Teetotaler: He doesn’t drink. It’s hinted at during party scenes but confirmed in Season 3. Probably because both of his parents are alcoholics. It’s the one way he hasn’t made the same mistakes they have.
  • A Tragedy of Impulsiveness: Robby lashing out against Miguel in the school brawl leads to him landing Miguel in the hospital and himself in prison.
  • Unstoppable Rage: Driven by pure anger and jealousy Robby loses his mind in his fight with Miguel in a berserker fury. Literally to the point of nearly killing his rival by kicking him onto a rail.
  • Unwitting Instigator of Doom:
    • In spades in Episode 9 of Season 1. He unintentionally played a big part in Miguel's and Sam's breakup by sneaking Sam to the Canyon Party. He get her to the party at the worst possible time, while Miguel is heavily intoxicated after Drowning My Sorrows from falsely assuming that Sam is leaving him for Robby. Additionally, Sam's explanation of her being grounded for the day now looks like a lie to Miguel, as she is now at a party she shouldn't be at. Although coming with Robby didn't help either. This ultimately resulted in the incident that lead to the break up. Later in episode, Robby accidentally ruins Daniel's and Johnny's chance to put their bitter rivalry to rest and start a newfound Bromance when the two find out that Robby is Daniel's student and Johnny's son. The two men assume that the other was using Robby to pull a sick prank on one another leading to them reigniting their hatred for each other.
    • In the Season 2 finale, in trying to break up the fight between Tory and Sam, Miguel sees him pinning Tory against the lockers. Miguel, thinking he's attacking his girlfriend, attacks Robby which sets off the school brawl between Cobra Kai and Miyagi-do. Before that point, the fighting was contained to just Tory and Sam, which could have been quelled much easier.

    Louie LaRusso Jr. 
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Played by: Bret Ernst

Daniel's cousin and ex-employee at the car dealership.


  • Bullying a Dragon: Destroying the car of a former karate champ turned sensei wasn't his smartest idea. Predictably, he and his biker friends get their asses handed to them.
  • The Bus Came Back: He's absent for all of Season 2 after getting fired, but the LaRussos rehire him in Season 3.
  • Came Back Strong: He's a much better employee in Season 3 than he was before, even beating Anoush at his strength - sales.
  • Didn't Think This Through: Louie hardly ever thinks his schemes/pranks through, so they all have glaring flaws.
  • Dirty Coward: In Episode 8, Johnny beats up his biker friends for destroying his car and demands that the scared Louie give him Daniel's address. At first, Louie tries to take responsibility for his actions, but after one biker sets fire to Johnny's car and a now angrier Johnny repeats the question, Louie tells Johnny where his cousin lives.
  • Dumbass No More: When he's rehired in Season 3, he proves himself to be a significantly more competent employee, having picked up inventory management skills in his previous job.
  • Everyone Has Standards: He wanted to destroy Johnny's car to send a message to not mess with Daniel anymore, but draws the line at setting the car on fire and potentially endangering the neighborhood. He also thought the vandalized billboard was hilarious when he thought it was a random prankster. When he found out it was an attack directed at Daniel, he was furious.
  • The Friend Nobody Likes: The only reason anyone tolerates him is because he is Daniel’s cousin, and even then...
  • Hidden Depths: Louie is good at one thing: inventory. It's how he notices that one of their trade-ins, a '93 Dodge Caravan, was stolen off the lot by Robby.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Finally becomes this in Season 3 when his family has become desperate enough to hire him again, and starts taking his job more seriously which shows that despite his obnoxious and immature antics, he still cares for his family.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Jerk: He initially seems like a guy who cares about his family and could be likable if he just stopped being immature and lazy. But every time it seems like he is going to redeem himself, it never follows through and he ultimately betrays Daniel's trust to save his own skin. While it took him until Season 3, he does finally grow out of it.
  • Nepotism: He's pretty clearly an employee at LaRusso Auto Group because of his family ties to Daniel rather than merit. Daniel finally fires him when Louie crosses the line by vandalizing Johnny's car.
  • Poisonous Friend: Subverted. He tries to be this for Daniel, doing things that are meant to benefit his cousin but that Daniel would never do himself because of his morals. However, Louie's ham-fisted attempts at doing this usually lands Daniel in even more trouble than at the start.
  • The Slacker: He’s a lazy bum who often misses work, so Amanda has to pick up the slack herself.
  • Stout Strength: He's tall and large, and has no trouble holding a scared Anoush in a Bridal Carry - or run with Anoush still there when he gets scared himself.
  • Thicker Than Water: The only reason Daniel employs him is because he is family and Daniel’s mother insistsence, despite all the abundant shortcomings of the guy. It's also his only redeeming quality which prevents him from being a complete Hate Sink, he cares about his cousin. However, Louie's loyalty isn't complete as he does things behind Daniel's back which Daniel wouldn't approve of and spat out his address when Johnny has him cornered. That said, Louie was one of the first to help out Sam after she got injured at the school brawl, which played a huge factor in him getting rehired by Daniel.
  • Those Two Guys: He is almost always seen in the company of Anoush.
  • Took a Level in Kindness: Downplayed. After getting rehired, he does appear to have cleaned up his act a bit and legitimately tries to help his family stay in business. That said, he is still prone to delving back into his oafish antics.
  • Troll: After getting in trouble for pranking Robby, he pranks Robby a second time. Downplayed, in that the second prank was substantially less stupid-dangerous than the first, and Daniel (and Robby, once he gets past anger and embarassment at being fooled a second time) think its Actually Pretty Funny.note 

    Anoush Norouzi 
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Played by: Dan Ahdoot

"Look, I know you and Daniel have beef. He kicked your ass in high school, you've been stewing, but I got enough crap to deal with without getting involved in your little karate soap opera, so..."

Daniel's employee at the car dealership.


  • Beleaguered Assistant: In Season 3, Tom Cole - his new boss - can't even remember his name.
  • Casanova Wannabe: He talks constantly about all the women he dates, who by his own description have a ton of issues and low self-esteem.
  • Hidden Depths:
    • The guy's a bit of a sleazebag, but he does give Daniel some sound advice when it comes to him having to deal with Samantha and her dating life.
    • Despite working for Tom Cole at the start of Season 3, he still held loyalty to the LaRussos which stirred him to disclose to them about Tom's upcoming contract with Doyona and eventually decides to work for them again because he recognized that the LaRussos had always treated him better and were good people, despite the stigma they were receiving as a result of the school fight.
  • Mistreatment-Induced Betrayal:
    • Winds up quitting and taking a job with one of the dealership's rivals after Daniel's focus on Miyagi-Do forces him to pick up the slack, being hit with a lot of extra responsibility with no promotion or extra pay accompanying it. The business lunch he was supposed to have with Daniel and Amanda, which Daniel blew off for more time training his students, is the last straw.
    • Again in Season 3, he goes back to working for the LaRussos because they had treated him better and were never intentionally negligent. Also, Tom Cole never remembered Anoush's name and never seemed to care to.
  • Only Sane Man: In Season 2, he's joined Amanda in recognizing how ridiculous Daniel and Johnny's feud is and just wants to focus on the business at the car dealership instead of getting involved.
  • Those Two Guys: He is almost always seen in the company of Louie. However he doesn't seem to like him all that much.

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    Miyagi-Do Karate 
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"Inner peace. Focus. Balance. These are just some of the skills that you will master when you join Miyagi-Do Karate."
Daniel LaRusso

  • Big, Thin, Short Trio: Chris, Demetri, and Nathaniel.
  • Doing It for the Art: Subverted. The dojo's commercial has Daniel flat-out say all lessons are free, but this isn't fully out of altruism. Daniel knows that Johnny can't afford to do the same, so giving free lessons will lure students away from Cobra Kai. It's one of his methods to destroy Cobra Kai.
  • Five-Man Band: Miyagi-Do's core members can be seen as this, with Daniel as The Leader, Demetri as The Lancer, Nathaniel as The Smart Guy, Chris as The Big Guy and Sam as The Chick.
  • Foil: Miyagi-Do's Big, Thin, Short Trio become this to Cobra Kai's Mitch, Hawk, and Bert, respectively.
    • Mitch and Chris are the stockier students of their respective dojos. Mitch, however, immediately fell right in with Cobra Kai while the sensitive Chris had trouble adjusting to the dojo's hyper-aggro way of thinking and eventually decided it wasn't for him. Mitch generally remained a Flat Character throughout Season 2 whereas Chris arguably becomes the most developed Miyagi-Do student who remains a secondary character overall.
    • Demetri and Eli were both social outcasts that found self-confidence thanks to karate. Eli's transformation into Hawk saw him abandon his old "pussy" ways entirely in contrast to Demetri who continued to revel in his nerdy interests. Their fighting methods are also a sharp contrast to one another; Hawk being an all-out offensive steamroller while Demetri is almost a purely defensive combatant.
    • Nathaniel and Bert are the smallest members of their respective dojos, but are the inverse of each other in several other ways. Bert is not particularly vocal nor as overtly aggressive as his dojo encourages, and is Cobra Kai's Token Good Teammate along with Aisha. Nathaniel retains Cobra Kai's combative nature and pugnaciousness even after defecting to Miyagi-Do, which in practice makes him the dojo's Token Evil Teammate. Also, Nathaniel is the more overtly nerdy of the two and is never seen to express a romantic/sexual interest in anyone, while Bert is something of a secret pervert.
  • He Who Fights Monsters: When Sam takes over command of the dojo in Daniel's absence in Season 3, they take a much more aggressive attitude in their rivalry with Cobra Kai, to the point of essentially acting like Cobra Kai themselves, "striking first" by starting fights with Cobra Kai during a soccer game at school and in the laser tag arena at Golf 'n' Stuff (albeit after Cobra Kai had been harassing and provoking them). Daniel, having learned his lesson from the previous season, manages to set them straight when he returns from Okinawa, returning the dojo to its Martial Pacifist philosophy and encouraging his students to show Cobra Kai forgiveness and compassion rather than seeking revenge.
  • Nice, Mean, and In-Between: Gentle Giant Chris is the nice, aggressive and short-tempered Nathaniel is the mean, while snarky and cynical but generally averse to violence Demetri is the in-between.
  • Pacifist Dojo: Daniel's approach to martial arts, focusing on concepts like inner peace and balance in contrast Cobra Kai's flashy, aggressive mindset — although some of the Cobra Kai washouts who join Miyagi-Do take a little longer to adopt the "balance" teachings than others. It also fails to quite live-up to that standard in Season 2, becoming more of just a straight up counterpart to Cobra Kai, escalating tensions rather than de-escalating them. In fact, Demetri is the only one who actually practices this during the school brawl, attempting to get help from the teachers or flee until Hawk corners him and he's faced with no other choice but to defend himself. Thankfully, Daniel realizes his error and rights the dojo's course in Season 3.
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: Blue (and boy, do they ever try) to Cobra Kai's red.
  • Rival Dojos: In Season 2, with Cobra Kai Dojo, of course. Downplayed and then Subverted with Eagle Fang in Season 3. Initially, both dojos are more focused on Cobra Kai, but there's still lingering tensions between them due to the past events of the series. However, that goes away the second Cobra Kai launches an assault on both of them.
  • Teeth-Clenched Teamwork: When some Cobra Kai students defect to Miyagi-Do, both the former Cobras and the Miyagis have difficulty accepting each other, and several of them nearly come to blows several times. Daniel's very first challenge is moving them past the "teeth-clenched" part.
  • Took a Level in Badass: Across the board for Chris, Demetri, and Nathaniel. In Season 2's final brawl, all three of them manage to outfight their Cobra Kai counterparts — Mitch, Hawk, and Bert, respectively.
  • Trickster Mentor: Daniel initiates new students with this manner, instructing them to perform chores like fence painting in the same manner Mr. Miyagi taught him. Reality Ensues when he finds that even when charging nothing, this approach turns off a lot of prospective students.

Students

    Demetri 
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"I'm at peace with my depression. Last thing I need to be is suicidal."
Played by: Gianni Decenzo

"My whole life I've been, let's just say... less than popular. But at least I had a few friends. And then Cobra Kai comes to town, and the next thing I know, my friends are taking karate and becoming alpha jerks. I'm literally being threatened by my best friend. I just wanted to show I could fight back."

A sarcastic and awkward nerd who Miguel befriends during his first day of school, Demetri is another victim of Kyler's bullying. He attends only one lesson at the Cobra Kai's dojo before quitting, but remains a part of the Cobra Kai clique until going over to Miyagi-Do to learn karate instead.


  • Accentuate the Negative: Demetri is a negative person in general and complains a lot, but Daniel later points out to him that it's a good trait of his, because that means he is always prepared for the worst. Which plays into his fighting style as he's fairly good at predicting and intercepting attacks
  • Affectionate Nickname: Chris starts calling him "Meet" (possibly 'Meat') when they become friends.
  • Analogy Backfire: A Running Gag through his time at Miyagi-Do. Whenever he makes a comparison to a specific action on Game of Thrones, Daniel neatly counters it.
  • Apologetic Attacker: When Hawk fights him in the finale of Season 2, Demetri manages to defend himself and whispers, "No hard feelings", before throwing him against the school's trophy cabinet and kicking him right into it. Afterwards, he apologizes again.
  • Awesomeness by Analysis: Daniel calls Demetri "the most neurotic person I have ever met," then states that this can be turned into a positive: Demetri notices things, sees tiny details everyone else misses, and this can be applied to give hyperaware insight into what an opponent is about to do. When Demetri finally commits to actually learning (and defending himself) with karate, he proves capable of reading his opponents. Daniel compares it to "Spidey-Sense" (which Demetri immediately corrects to "Spider-Sense").
  • Badass Bookworm: Downplayed initally. He's still a beginner and an insecure pacifist at the end of Season 2, but he knows enough to fend off Hawk's attacks and send him into a trophy case. He truly becomes this in Season 3 when his newfound confidence helps his skills improve dramatically and he fights Cobra Kai more directly.
  • Bash Brothers: After he and Hawk reconcile, the two prove to be a highly effective fighting team as they dispatch several Cobras with their combined skills.
  • Beauty Is Best: Demetri knows exactly what kind of Alpha Bitch Yasmine is in Season 1 and remains attracted to her, anyway. Although being a slightly perverted Dogged Nice Guy to her seems to be paying off as of Season 3, the trope gets subverted since Demetri also seems to finally value for her for something other than her looks.
    Demetri: I don't care if Yasmine is the meanest girl in school, I'd kill both of you just to get her to spit in my face.
  • Birds of a Feather: Yasmine and Demetri might seem like an Opposites Attract type of kind of couple, but honestly they are both snarky, mouthy and condescending teens that have suffered from public humiliation so they manage to bond over that and see the good in each other.
  • Book Smart: Demetri's an academic and studious nerd and despite his pessimistic nature, he does have his ambitions and when he gets detention for the first time, he's only focused on how it'll hurt his permanent record.
    Demetri: I gotta do well on these so I do well on the actual test so I get into a good college, which will lead to a good internship, then a high-paying job, and then, after a couple promotions, I should have enough confidence to get a super-hot girl. You got the karate thing. I gotta play the long game.
  • 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.
  • Bullying a Dragon: He may be a wimpy, neurotic and insecure whiner but he simply can't help mouthing off when Cobra Kai are involved.
    • His bragging that Johnny works for the students because they pay him earns him a swift asskicking.
    • His telling Kreese his cobra tattoo (a memento of fellowship with his war buddies) was anatomically incorrect was equally dumb (though more Innocently Insensitive than deliberate provocation).
    • And his lengthy speech humiliating Hawk, who'd kicked his ass once already by this point and was only holding back after a telling-off from Johnny, leads to Hawk going after him during the school brawl and nearly kicking his face in.
  • Butt-Monkey: Almost all of his training at Miyagi-Do leads to him getting beat up. Even in Season 3, he gets cruelly mocked by Kyler after Hawk breaks his arm.
  • Bromantic Foil: To Miguel, in Season 1 and Season 3.
  • Classical Anti-Hero: Demetri's sarcasm is a mask for his insecurities, cowardice and neuroticism, but in Season 2, after joining Miyagi-Do, he's able to defend himself when threatened by opposing aggressors like Hawk.
  • The Comically Serious: Subverted. Demetri may be a facetious, awkward and sarcastic jokester while he's too insecure to put in effort for karate, but he's also very rational and the most studious of the members of Miyagi-Do.
  • Cowardly Lion: He's still terrified of Hawk, and rightfully so, but once he runs out of running room...
  • The Cynic: Demetri is pessimistic and always finds something to complain about.
  • Deadpan Snarker: A good chunk of his Establishing Character Moment is him making snarky quips. It's eventually Deconstructed in Season 2; a lot of the things Demetri brings up are accurate and sensible, but his deliveries are so snide and condescending that people shut him down out of not entirely undeserved spite (or in Kreese's case, sock him in the nose).
  • Defector from Decadence: Demetri joins Miyagi-Do in Season 2 after Kreese punches his face in when he goes to sign up for lessons at Cobra Kai again.
  • The Dog Bites Back: After Hawk rebukes Demetri's sincere attempt at helping him move on from Moon (which included Hawk spilling his drink all on top of Demetri and spitefully chides him for still being a "pussy"), Demetri proceeds to humiliate Hawk in front of the whole party by going on a lengthy diatribe of embarrassing secrets and trivia about "Eli" that he learned when they were still friends. Come their confrontation during the school brawl, Demetri endures Hawk's relentless assaults and wins when he kicks his opponent into a trophy cabinet.
  • The Eeyore: Demetri tends to expect the worst to happen and generally acts pessimistic even when things are going good. Daniel flat out tells Demetri he's the most neurotic person he's ever met.
  • Entitled Bastard: When Miguel tells him to stop mouthing off to Johnny during the Cobra Kai lesson, he refuses and says Johnny can't do anything about it believing that, as the kids are paying him, he works for them. Naturally, this earns him a flip throw from Johnny. Saying something like that in any dojo will likely get you kicked out, as a very important aspect of martial arts is respect, whether it be towards the dojo, sensei, or students.
  • Extraverted Nerd: Being in Miyagi-Do has allowed Demetri to shed the burden of being a social outcast. Gaining some friends as well as a way to defend himself from bullies if he needs to leads him to become one of these by Season 3.
  • The Finicky One: Subverted. While Demetri clearly has a quirky sense of humor and wittiness, he's a Butt-Monkey who hardly lets go of his neurotic nature and is often the voice of reason when he's with his friends.
  • Fire-Forged Friends: With Chris. He’s rightfully the least trusting of the former Cobra Kai students when they join Miyagi Do. But through working together to help clean up the Dojo after Hawk vandalized it, they’re able to overcome their differences. Exemplified when Hawk and co. try to attack Demetri at a party after the latter embarrasses the former and this time Chris comes to his defense in contrast to when he followed Hawk in his assault on Demetri at the mall. They’re also seen briefly agreeing to get an authority teacher involved early in the school brawl rather than escalating it further.
  • First-Name Basis: Demetri continues to refer to Hawk as 'Eli' well after his transformation, both to spite his former friend and to show his dispproval of what Eli had allowed himself to become.
  • Foil:
    • 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.
    • Also becomes one to Raymond/Stingray. While neither of them are the best fighters in their respective dojos, both prominently demonstrate their school's core approach when it comes to fighting. Stringray waited until Miguel was the last one standing at Coyote Creek and ambushed him when he let his guard down, showing a willingness to win at all cost, even at the cost of honor and fairplay, completely in-tune with Kreese's concept of No Mercy. When the school-wide fight broke out, Demetri tried to avoid getting into a confrontation. He attempted to get help from the school staff but then hid and ran after he became a target. Once he ran out of room to run did he finally defend himself (and only defended) and tried to end his fight as quickly as possible. Demetri shows that he follows Mr. Miyagi's teachings of avoiding a fight but if have to then end it quickly and in your favor (i.e. win). Both also initially started out as irksome outliers among their cohorts, Raymond being a Manchild in a karate class full of teenagers and Demetri's tendency to Wangst often vexing some of the other Miyagi-Do students and even Daniel himself. Nonetheless, both are eventually accepted among their new peers.
  • Fragile Speedster: If Daniel is to be believed, Demetri's speed (when pressured) can match some of the best Olympic athletes. note 
    Daniel: I heard you ran the hundred yard dash in under ten seconds.
  • Give Geeks a Chance: Lovable Nerd Demetri and former Alpha Bitch Yasmine made out in the hallway at school in Season 3 after she became more sympathetic towards him after being humbled in the first season.
  • Good Counterpart: To Eli/Hawk in Season 2.
  • Good Is Not Nice: Note how most of the tropes here pertain to his negative qualities. In Season 1, Demetri never seeks any self improvement and encourages Eli and Miguel to do the same. He has no problem bringing down other people he deems lower than him no matter how bad an idea it is but in Season 2, while he's still whiny, insensitive and difficult to get along with, he's still a good person in his own way and is often against starting fights with other people.
  • The Heart: Yes believe it or not, the Mouthy Kid who most people want to punch ends up becoming this for the kids. It’s his speech that gets the kids from Eagle Fang to cooperate with Miyagi Do when Miguel and Sam’s attempts fail and it’s seeing him in distress that’s the final catalyst in turning Hawk to their side.
  • Heroic Self-Deprecation: While he may be whiny, he's quick to point out how pathetically weak and skinny he is.
  • Hypocrite:
    • Calling Eli "lip"? Totally uncalled for and a Nazi move. Calling Sam the "blowjob girl"? Hilarious.
    • When he attempts to join Cobra Kai for the second time, he tells Kreese that he has a lot of personal space issues that the other students are just going to have to deal with...and immediately afterward he notices Kreese's arm tattoo and starts touching it.
  • I Just Want to Be Badass: After Demetri continues whining during training, Daniel asks him why he decided to join Miyagi-Do. Demetri says it's because all of his friends are training in martial arts and he felt pressured to learn just so he could show them that he wasn't weak. But his real motivation is. . .
  • I Just Want to Have Friends: The only friends he has (Miguel and Eli) are up to their necks in Cobra Kai, and Demetri has tried and failed twice to adapt to their new social activity. Finding Cobra Kai completely unsuited to him, Demetri came to Miyagi-Do, hoping less to learn badass martial arts and more to find new friends to hang out with.
  • I'm Not Afraid of You: When Hawk confronts him in the mall in Season 2, Demetri isn't intimidated and calls him by his real name to make a point. Then Hawk kicks him...
  • Insistent Terminology: Demetri will only refer to Hawk as Eli. At first, it's because they're lifelong friends and he's confused by the latter's new look and attitude. Later on, it's to remind the now bully that he remembers how his life was before Cobra Kai.
  • Insufferable Genius: Demetri is a very intelligent person but he's insufferable due to how condescending, impudent and brash he is.
  • It Runs in the Family: During Moon's party, Demetri mentions his family's spare air mattress, which his mother dubbed "Eli's waterbed" due to the other boy's chronic bedwetting. If Demetri is telling the truth, he may have picked up some of his Innocently Insensitive tendencies from her.
  • Jerkass Has a Point: While he was clearly not cut out for Cobra Kai's intense training methods and should have known better than to keep contradicting Johnny in the middle of class, Demetri is still correct that verbally and physically abusing new clients isn't exactly a good business practice. This leads Miguel to give a What the Hell, Hero? speech to Johnny, which in turn causes Johnny to change his approach and focus more on the Dare to Be Badass aspect of the Cobra Kai philosophy. This eventually becomes Deconstructed, in that even though Demetri's correct on what he says, he's such a snide and condescending know-it-all that even people who know he's right will ignore or shut him up just out of spite.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: He's certainly an insensitive, condescending and dismissive person who whines about everything and often mouths off karate teachers but he's always fiercely devoted to his friends, especially when he's quick to forgive and befriend Hawk after being being bullied by him for so long.
  • The Lancer: With Daniel being preoccupied with other things during the season and Robby in juvie, he becomes the de-facto second-in-command for Miyagi-do as Sam takes up the leadership position. Notably, he's the first one to agree to her and Miguel's proposal of combining forces with Eagle Fang to take down the corrupted Cobra Kai.
  • Lovable Nerd: Demetri is definitely a flawed person, but he's also very sympathetic, funny, and a genuinely noble friend who Took a Level in Badass to even be able to fight off bullies and bring out the best in Yasmine.
  • Lovable Coward: At first, Demetri was a comically pathetic coward that would rather run away from his problems, instead of trying to defend himself but thanks to Daniel guiding him, he manages to become a lot more braver and be less insecure about himself.
  • Martial Pacifist: Despite training at Miyagi-do, when he's targeted by Hawk during the school brawl, his first instinct is to run rather than fight. When cornered, he focuses on blocking rather than attacking. It's only after Hawk refuses to let up that Demetri takes him down with a kick through a glass trophy case.
  • Masculine Girl, Feminine Boy: The feminine boy to Sam's masculine girl. Mainly since Sam is a more trained and skilled fighter than Demetri is, more aggressive than him and is often one to look after him.
  • Minored in Ass-Kicking: While he is loyal to Miyagi-Do and takes its philosophy and teachings to heart, Demetri's biggest passions will always be with his geeky cultural fandoms.
  • Mouthy Kid: His penchant for snarking can cause him to veer into this, especially during his one lesson at Cobra Kai. Johnny does not take kindly to his sassy attitude. At all. He even remembers him as "that mouthy one" when Miguel tries to warn him about Kreese's increasingly violent behavior.
  • Nervous Wreck: Demetri is by nature a pretty neurotic person and he whines about the minimal things constantly.
    Daniel: [to Demetri] You are the most neurotic person that I know.
  • Nice Job Breaking It, Hero!: The one time Demetri goes out of his way to antagonize Hawk in retribution, by telling embarrassing stories at a party, ultimately ends up being the powder keg to egg on the rest of Cobra Kai during the brawl.
  • Noble Male, Roguish Male: The noble male to Hawk's roguish male as Hawk became more aggressive and bullies others for petty reasons while Demetri preferred to be more worldly and only fights back to defend himself.
  • Non-Action Guy: He was pretty much Daniel's weakest student and he was unable to physically defend himself against bullies. Especially in Season 2 when during the mall fight, he was being chased the Cobra Kai and while Robby and Sam fighting back against the attackers in order to save him, Demetri was just standing around avoiding getting hit. Luckily, he was able to improve on his fighting skils a lot better.
  • No Social Skills: A lot of Demetri's awkwardness stems from his lack of social awareness. He doesn't seem to realize just how snide and condescending his lecturing can come across and he's absolutely hopeless when it comes to flirting with girls. He also decides to bring Trivial Pursuit to Moon's party, clearly missing the point that the teens are just going to be drinking.
  • Odd Friendship: He and Robby really don't have anything in common, but Robby is happy to hang out with him outside of Miyagi-do lessons and defend him from getting attacked by Cobra Kai nonetheless.
    • Moon is a bubbly Girly Girl and Demetri is a cynical Nerd and in Season 2, they two actually have a platonic relationship with each other and not only is she humored by Demetri, she also breaks up with Hawk when she found that he bullied him over a Yelp review. And in Season 3, (along with Yasmine) she took genuine interest in Demetri's Lego volcano and also hated to see it get destroyed because of Hawk.
  • Offing the Mouth: While Johnny didn't kill him, the argument can easily be made that Demetri brought Johnny's wrath upon himself. Later episodes shows Demetri's mouth got him into trouble more than once.
  • Only Sane Man:
    • The only one in Miguel’s group to consistently display common sense, particularly during Season 1. He tries in vain to rein them in when they start turning into jackasses. The tournament proves him right.
    • In Season 2, Demetri is the one student of both schools who actively tries to avoid hostile confrontations. When the brawl between the two schools breaks out, Demetri's response is to run and get a teacher to try and diffuse the fight.
  • OOC Is Serious Business: When it looks like negotiations between Miyagi-do and Eagle Fang are going south, Demetri suddenly raises his voice and starts dropping curse words like crazy during his Rousing Speech (see below). For an awkward kid who takes pride in his eloquent speaking, to hear him speak so loud and coarsely, everyone present was taken aback, and after his speech he even apologized for the language.
    Demetri: "I'm sorry about all the 'assholes'. I usually take pride in my grandiloquence, but it's an emotional time."
  • Plucky Comic Relief: While he's meant to be the rational intellectual of the the group of Miyagi-Do students, he provides a lot of humor to the show due to how much of a nerdy, awkward goofball he is.
  • Pop-Cultured Badass: Not only does he know how to kick butt thanks to Daniel's training, he never loses his nerdy habit of frequently using pop-culture references, like Harry Potter, Game of Thrones, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and Doctor Who.
  • Proud To Be A Nerd: Unlike Eli, Demetri embraces his nerdiness and wished for Eli to be binary brothers with him again but sadly for him, Eli rejects it and sticks to be being an aggressive Cobra Kai fighter. At least until Season 3.
  • 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.
  • Sad Clown: Demetri's facetiousness and acerbic sense of humor is often a way to mask his inner depression and insecurity and for most of Season 2, he whines that he'll never a good fighter compared to the other members of Miyagi-Do.
  • Savvy Guy, Energetic Girl: Demetri is the savvy guy and Moon is the energetic girl. As soon as Demetri and Moon became close friends, Demetri was the snarky and rational cynic who's personality completely contrasted with Moon being a naive and ditzy optimist.
  • Sensitive Guy and Manly Man: Sensitive guy Demetri is the wimpy nerd while manly man Hawk is the tough guy.
  • Sesquipedalian Loquaciousness: Demetri occasionally peppers his speech with SAT-level vocabulary.
  • Shadow Archetype: Hawk grows to view him as one, seeing his more pacifistic and meek tendencies as an embodiment of all the "nerd shit" he wants to reject. Demetri doesn't seem to realize this at first, viewing it as his friend just acting like a jerk until Hawk goes so far as to try and violently assault him for a Yelp review and the two grow to be enemies.
  • The Slacker: Demetri isn't one for physical work, and quits the Cobra Kai after only one lesson. That said, he is very diligent when it come to his academic work. On the other hand, despite his complaining, he stuck solidly with Miyagi-do, and it paid off in a big way during the school brawl.
  • The Smart Guy: His dedication to physical training is inversely proportional to his dedication to his academic studies. He was also quick to see the purpose of Miyagi-do's training methods that even Robby didn't recognize at first.
  • Sophisticated as Hell: When Eagle Fang students are about to leave, Demetri stands up and calls them pussies for letting Cobra Kai push them around, saying it makes everyone assholes for tolerating such assholes. He then apologizes for using "asshole" so much, as he prefers to be more eloquent than that.
  • The Spock: To Miguel's Kirk and Hawk's McCoy. He could not see the reasons behind karate when you can call the police and saw Cobra Kai's unecessary belligerent teaching as bad. It takes a more compassionate teacher like Daniel to teach him how to defend himself and gain confidence. He is also focused on orthodox defense compared to the two others.
  • Stealing the Credit: To Hawk's annoyance, Demetri piggybacks off of Cobra Kai's victory at the All-Valley Tournament when two girls pass by him and ask him about Cobra Kai after noticing his towel bearing the logo of the dojo.
  • Stepford Snarker: Often uses sarcasm as a way to shield his insecurities, cynicism and neuroses.
  • Stone Wall: Downplayed. He's a defensive fighter who focuses on blocking and intercepting attacks. Normally applicable to those built like Aisha or Chris, his training enabled him to deal with Hawk's persistent attacks and eventually capitalize on his sloppiness.
  • Stronger Than They Look: When properly motivated (i.e. fearing for his safety), Demetri is capable of performing some praiseworthy physical feats. During the school brawl, when a runaway Demetri was cornered by a bloodthirsty Hawk, he was able to skillfully block Hawk's wild barrage of punches and then sent him flying back into a trophy cabinet with a single inside crescent kick.
  • Teeth-Clenched Teamwork: This trope ensues when Daniel grows frustrated with Chris and Demetri bickering, and sets the two of them to move a heavy stone as a team. At first, they spend as much time insulting each other as they do actually trying to lift the stone, but once they finish the job they form a solid friendship.
  • Tell Me How You Fight: Season 2 on, he combines Cowardly Lion and Stone Wall. Being as weak as he is, he needs to play a thinking man's game. When faced with a confrontation, his first response is to run for assistance, run and hide afterward, and engage only when he has no room left to run. Then he takes a page out of Aisha's book: turtling and soaking attacks until his opponent lapses, upon which he settles the matter with one or two shots.
  • Token Good Teammate: While he's still snarky and mouths off to people, Demetri still counts as one to the Cobra Kai students after they start succumbing to He Who Fights Monsters. However, in Season 2, he turns against them completely after Hawk reacts poorly to his bad Yelp review for Cobra Kai.
  • Took a Level in Badass: His karate skills improve dramatically between Season 2 and Season 3 and he's able to take on several Cobra Kai members head on without relying entirely on defense. During the warehouse fight, he's the last Miyagi-do fighter to go down and it was primarily due to being outnumbered.
  • Took a Level in Kindness: In the previous 2 Seasons, as seen in the tropes above, Demetri is to put it quite bluntly... a pessimistic, condescending know-it-all who hates the fact that Hawk changed his persona in order to become more confident (albeit becoming a gigantic Jerkass in the process) and has no problem being a massive coward when it suits him. Come Season 3 though, he's far more confident in himself. While it does make him a little brash still, this actually serves to make him far easier to be around as he's more relaxed and less neurotic. He's the one helping to lead the charge at the end of the season to merge the two dojos and he doesn't try to turn it into an All Take and No Give situation like he's accustomed to. In fact, it's his swagger that allows it to really work. That's right friends, somewhere along the way Demetri actually became cool enough to even have Yasmine be potentially interested in being his girlfriend.
  • Wax On, Wax Off: One of the funniest montages subverts this trope when Demetri whines the whole time, gets a splinter while sanding floors, and finally has to be walked through the moves slowly while Daniel explains them.
  • Weak, but Skilled: Demetri's scrawny, lanky and probably the weakest Miyagi-Do fighter but eventually with his longs speedy legs, he's quick to defend himself and fight back against enemies.
  • We Used to Be Friends: His friendship with Eli goes out the window completely following the latter's commitment to Cobra Kai and its teachings. Demetri finally exploits this after Hawk's rejection and bullying of him goes too far at Moon's party, promptly proceeding to tell all the guests embarrassing things about Eli. Despite this, Demetri still seems sorry they aren't friends anymore, even when he kicks Hawk into a trophy case at the end of Season 2.
    • Despite things in Season 3 escelating to the point where he was willing to break his arm, Hawk ultimately sees the error of his ways, and passes up the chance to take down Demetri by attacking his captors instead, apologizing to him aferwards. Demetri seems more than happy to take up his offer of dealing with the remaining Cobra Kai studente. By the end, they're finally back to being the ¡Three Amigos! with Miguel.
    Eli/Hawk: Look, man, I'm sorry. For all of it. Do you wanna help me win this thing?
    Demetri: ... Yeah.
  • The Worf Effect: Inverted. Though Hawk is a top student of Cobra Kai, come their fight during the Cobra Kai/Miyagi-Do school brawl, the pacifistic and amateur Demetri persistently endures Hawk's relentless assaults and wins when he kicks his opponent into a trophy cabinet.
  • You Wouldn't Shoot Me: When Hawk accosts Demetri at the mall and threatens to take him down, Demetri says, "You'd actually hurt me?" when he realizes that he's not backing down from his word.

    Chris 
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"Who's badass now?"
Played by: Khalil Everage

"I'm not gonna throw the first punch."

Chris joined Cobra Kai after the All-Valley Tournament along with his friend Mitch. Despite being the largest of the teenage cast, he is also the least aggressive and confrontational. For a time, Chris and Mitch served as lackeys in Hawk's personal gang, but Chris became increasingly disillusioned with Cobra Kai's aggressive ways. When Daniel confronted Johnny over the vandalism of the former's dojo, Chris became the first Cobra Kai student to walk out and join Miyagi-Do.


  • Apologetic Attacker: When Chris gets a hit in on Demetri during training, he apologizes.
  • Beware the Nice Ones: Right up to the final brawl of Season 2, Chris tries to avoid violence as much as possible, be it when he is part of Hawk's gang chasing Demetri, having Demetri frustrate him by throwing his (sincere) apologies back in his face, or being confronted by his former friend Mitch at the end. Only when Mitch actually throws the first punch does Chris decide to lay the smackdown — and lay it he does.
  • Combat Pragmatist: Chris may not welcome violence, but when he's in a bind, he doesn't hesitate to end a fight however he can.
  • Defector from Decadence: Or from worse. Chris is one of the students who decides to leave Cobra Kai to join Miyagi-Do. Unlike some of the other defectors, particularly Nathaniel, Daniel doesn't have to spend any effort reeducating him out of Cobra Kai's "no mercy" mindset.
  • Gentle Giant: He's a big fella, but Chris is a relatively sensitive and non-confrontational individual who "never liked it here" during his time at Cobra Kai. As a result, he has no trouble fitting in with Miyagi-do.
  • Good Is Dumb: He tends to be the most clueless of the Miyagi Dos such as not knowing what a fulcrum is despite being in high school.
  • Good Is Not Soft: Chris is a Gentle Giant who prefers to avoid fighting, but when he has no other choice, he can dish it out and knock his opponents around with ease, as Mitch learns the hard way.
  • Improvised Weapon: A recurring specialty of his. Whenever he's forced into a real fight, he won't hesitate to use any nearby objects, whether it's a book or a frying pan, as a weapon to give him an advantage.
  • Mook Chivalry: When he was part of Hawk's gang, Chris is the only one who was reluctant to fight Demetri and even suggested Hawk to let him go, as he felt they'd made their point by scaring him away. Hawk, however, dismissively brushes him off for trying to think for himself.
  • Mistreatment-Induced Betrayal: Hawk's relentless bullying of Chris plays a large part in his decision to abandon Cobra Kai for Miyagi-Do.
  • Nice Guy: Which is why he never quite fit into Cobra Kai. He joined just as Kreese returned and was extending his influence over students. He tries to stop Hawk from assaulting Demetri and only reluctantly and regretfully helps him out of loyalty. Hawk and Mitch violating the Miyagi Dojo was the last straw for him and he joins Daniel Larusso to make amends. Even when confronted with his former friend Mitch, he refuses to throw the first punch.
  • Scary Black Man: Averted. Anything intimidating about Chris really just comes down to him being larger than most of the other students at either dojo. And even then, Chris never outwardly appears nor acts in any aggressive or menacing manner (except when he was rightfully angry at Demetri for snubbing his sincere apology for assaulting him at the mall with Hawk). Even when he was with Hawk's Cobra Kai gang, he (unsuccessfully) tried to be the voice of reason.
  • Stone Wall: In many ways a Spear Counterpart to Aisha, Chris is overall a defensive fighter, preferring to block and evade attacks before finishing the fight in one decisive move.
  • Teeth-Clenched Teamwork: This trope ensues when Daniel grows frustrated with Chris and Demetri bickering, and sets the two of them to move a heavy stone as a team. At first, they spend as much time insulting each other as they do actually trying to lift the stone, but once they finish the job they form a solid friendship.
  • Tell Me How You Fight: Peaceful and sensitive by nature, he makes it clear that he's not going to throw the first punch. Once it does get thrown, he responds either with a block or a retaliation. Then he goes ahead with the fight.
  • Throw the Book at Them: How he takes Mitch down — by smashing him in the head with a textbook.
    Mitch: [while Chris is sprawled on the ground after a kick] Should have stayed in Cobra Kai. Could have been a badass.
    Chris: [KAPOW!] Who's badass now?
  • Token Good Teammate: Initially this to Cobra Kai. Already disillusioned with the jerkassery of his classmates, he finally quits once he learns about how Hawk vandalized Miyagi-Do's dojo and stole Miyagi's medal of honor. He also becomes this to Miyagi-Do as he's the only one who doesn't try to provoke Cobra Kai in any way or show any active aggression.
  • Vitriolic Best Buds: Deconstructed. Cobra Kai's macho attitude causes them to treat all new recruits this way, giving them demeaning nicknames and treating them like lackeys to the more senior dojo members. However Chris is such a Nice Guy that he quickly grows sick of this, interpreting their behaviour as just plain abuse rather than the friendly ribbing it's intended to be, which is ultimately one of the factors that causes him to abandon Cobra Kai for Miyagi-Do.
  • The Worf Effect: Gets hit with this in Season 3 as he goes down in every major fight that occurs just to show how much stronger Cobra Kai has become.

    Nathaniel 
Played by: Nathaniel Oh

"I love math humor."

One of the former Cobra Kai students, he joined Miyagi-do with Chris and the others.


  • Asian and Nerdy: He's Asian, and Bert calls him a nerd when they brawl. He also laughs at a math joke during Moon's party.
  • The Glasses Come Off: When Bert breaks his glasses, Nathaniel takes them off and knocks him to the ground for some MMA-style "ground and pound" until a security guard separates them and drags them away.
    Nathaniel: [to Bert] Oh, now you're in trouble.
  • Good Is Not Nice: In stark contrast to Chris, Nathaniel carried the Cobra Kai mindset with him to the Miyagi-Do dojo (much to Daniel's frustration). It never quite washes off — when Bert of Cobra Kai challenges him in the final brawl, Nathaniel eagerly responds to Bert's Trash Talk with a Johnny-esque "Come and get it, dickhead."
  • Hazy Feel Turn: He leaves Cobra Kai for Miyagi-Do after Hawk trashes their dojo, but it doesn't count as a proper Heel–Face Turn as his attitude doesn't really change and at this stage both dojos are still mostly sympathetic.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: He was one of the many students that walked out on Cobra Kai after Hawk vandalized Daniel's dojo, though he still retains a hot-headed and confrontational personality.
  • Made of Iron: Nathaniel gets jumped by Cobra Kai students following their fundraiser for Miguel's surgery. When the Miyagi-Do group later tell Sam about the stoeln donation, he is seen thoroughly bruised and bloodied but was otherwise perfectly able to walk and stand without aid.
  • The Napoleon: Let's just say his aggressive and assertive streak don't exactly correspond with his stature.
  • Pint-Sized Powerhouse: He's the tiniest of the Miyagi-Do students, but he can hold his own easily. When he throws down with Bert, Nathaniel is clearly the superior fighter of the two.
  • Sitcom Arch-Nemesis: Despite sharing very little screentime, he and Bert 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.
  • Token Evil Teammate: Downplayed. Despite remaining firmly dedicated to Miyagi-Do after leaving Cobra Kai, he never does quite let go of the latter dojo's Bring It attitude towards fighting.
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