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Cobra Kai Dojo

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"There are no losers in this dojo."
"Cobra Kai is not a hobby, it's not a club. Cobra Kai is your brothers and your sisters. You're all Cobra Kai for life because Cobra Kai never dies."
John Kreese

A notorious karate dojo founded by John Kreese and Terry Silver training under the "Strike First, Strike Hard, No-Mercy" through the art of Tang Soo Do. After Mike Barnes' defeat in the 1985 All-Valley, the dojo closed for almost 30 years, until it experienced a renaissance under former top-student, Johnny Lawrence with Miguel Diaz as its champion. Said renaissance eventually leads to the return of John Kreese and Terry Silver, both of whom take over the dojo in the process.


  • Academy of Evil: Becomes this, just like in the original The Karate Kid franchise after Kreese steals the dojo from Johnny.
  • Antagonist Title: Played with; Cobra Kai was the villainous foil to Daniel and Mr. Miyagi in the Karate Kid movies, but much like Johnny Lawrence himself, the new Cobra Kai is shown in a more sympathetic light, emphasizing it's blunt badassery to help disenfranchised kids stand up for themselves. Unfortunately, without tempering his students with proper restraint, Johnny's pupils end up going from victims to aggressors themselves. Once Kreese gets involved and steals back the dojo, this trope is played brutally straight as the remaining Cobra Kai students become overt thugs and antagonists to the rest of the cast, including to former members still loyal to Johnny, such as Miguel.
  • Attack! Attack! Attack!: The motto for the school is "Strike First, Strike Hard, No Mercy". And when beginning defense, Johnny tells Miguel that the best defense is more offense.
  • Awesome Mc Coolname: Several characters acknowledge the fact that Cobra Kai is a pretty badass name for a dojo.
  • Back from the Brink: The residents of the San Fernando Valley have all but forgotten the old karate dojo, and the few who do remember Cobra Kai only have bad memories of them. However, thanks to Johnny's efforts the dojo has been restored and by the end of Season 1 Cobra Kai has become the most popular karate dojo in the Valley due to several of the students becoming an Instant Web Hit and Miguel winning the All Valley Under 18 Karate Tournament.
  • Badass Crew: The Dojo goes from a pack of bullied kids to badass martial arts fighters.
  • Became Their Own Anti Thesis: Johnny revives the dojo in Season 1 to help Miguel and others learn how to fight back against bullies. By Season 2, the students veer into He Who Fights Monsters territory and begin to exhibit the same bullying behavior and Season 3 sees Kreese actively recruiting established bullies, including the ones who bullied the original students in the first place, to the dojo.
  • Big, Thin, Short Trio: In Season 2, this would be Mitch, Hawk, and Bert — right down to being foils for Miyagi-do's Chris, Demetri, and Nathaniel respectively.
  • Blood Knight: Most of them are pretty much at home with fighting.
  • Defector from Decadence: Cobra Kai becomes a local legend that attracted several youths for its Dare To Be Bad Ass creed and gained immense popularity with the high school. While most of the pupils were fine when Kreese came along and corrupted them, Miguel wanted nothing to do with it and after recovering from his paralysis, leaves Cobra Kai for good. He's joined by Bert and Mitch halfway through Season 3 due to Kreese's abuse, and later Hawk in the finale when he realizes how far he and the Dojo have fallen.
  • Determinator: Considering the Training from Hell the Dojo goes through, the rough backgrounds they tend to share, and how much the dojo has to go through just to get into the All Valley Under 18 tournament, they count as this. And once Kreese comes on board in Season 2, he makes being a Determinator mandatory for students.
    Kreese: I will never let my students lose... even if they have to learn the hard way.
  • Equal-Opportunity Evil: Despite Kreese and Silver's Politically Incorrect Villain status in the original films, which Kreese, at least, shows signs of having retained to the present day, Cobra Kai still has a fairly diverse set of students. Kreese shows no problem with allowing female members in a previously all-male dojo, which even Johnny initially stuggled to accept, and clearly considers Tory one of his best students. Kreese and Silver also show no problems with Kenny, Kyler (which is in stark contrast to the anti-Asian racism they displayed towards Mr. Miyagi in the movies) and even Piper, who, as a lesbian or bisexual girl with strong views in favor of feminism and genderfluidity, would seem to be the antithesis of everything Kreese stands for. Whether this is inspired by genuine Character Development or mere Pragmatic Villainy in avoiding turning away potential recruits remains to be seen.
  • Evil Counterpart: To Miyagi-Do, being the complete antithesis, as well as Eagle Fang, sharing the same emphasis on offense, but with little to no honor. Individually speaking by season 4, all of the major characters in the Miyagi-Do & Eagle Fang have an Evil Counterpart in Cobra Kai.
    • Terry Silver to Daniel LaRusso: Trained karate masters who are also rich influential businessmen (with the former being the latter's former Evil Mentor) that worked their way up to a lifetime of luxury before going back to karate to run their dojos (Daniel to Miyagi-Do, Terry to Cobra Kai).
    • John Kreese to Johnny Lawrence: Two Johns who are the co-senseis to their wealthier counterparts (with the former also being the latter's former Evil Mentor). Both men's lives spiraled downward after losing in the All-Valley (Johnny losing to Daniel in the 1984 tournament, Kreese losing his revenge plan against Daniel after the latter defeats Mike Barnes), before getting back up thanks to karate.
    • Tory Nichols to Samantha LaRusso: The Action Girls, both of whom have a history with Miguel and Robby. Which leads to...
    • Robby Keene to Miguel Diaz: The top male student, both of whom have a history with Sam, Tory, and Johnny (Robby being the son that Johnny failed, Miguel being the son-figure that Johnny is succeeding).
    • Kyler Park to Eli "Hawk" Moskowitz. The Brute and The Berserker. While both were The Bully, especially toward Demetri, Hawk is a bully trying to mask his insecurity as a former bullied victim, whereas Kyler is a bully just For the Evulz. Hawk eventually reforms and defects from Cobra Kai, whereas Kyler is still a bully and remains loyal.
    • Kenny Payne to Demetri Alexopolous. Both are bullied for being nerds (they're even fans of the exact same fictional franchise, Dungeon Lord) and turn to karate to defend themselves, both initially struggle to commit to training due to being Lovable Cowards who are afraid of getting hit, both join the same dojo as Robby Keene, who becomes fiercely protective of them, and both have to use other qualities to overcome their lack of physical strength in a fight (speed for Kenny, analysing his opponents' attacks for Demetri).
    • Piper Elswith to Devon Lee. Both are the newest members of their respective dojos (Cobra Kai and Eagle Fang respectively) who joined after Miyagi-Do and Eagle Fang split. However, while Piper was already athletic prior to doing karate, Devon was a geek who joined karate after Johnny was impressed by her impressive demeanor.
  • Evil Wears Black: Downplayed. To showcase their aggression, not only do they wear black gi in Season 1, but come Season 2 (especially the big school fight), the majority of their leading members wear red and black clothes.
    • Played straight in Season 3... because the loyalists to Kreese tend to wear black, while the Eagle Fang offshoot loyal to Johnny starts to wear reds, yellows and oranges. This actually foreshadows Hawk's defection from Cobra Kai in the scene where Kreese meets up with his 4 core students, in which three of them (Robby, Tory, Kyler) wore darker clothes, whereas Hawk wears yellow and red and joins Eagle Fang after the house fight.
  • Face–Heel Turn: The dojo as a whole heads this way by the end of Season 2, as Kreese has essentially usurped ownership of Cobra Kai from Johnny with the majority of the students (most of which Took a Level in Jerkass) accepting him as their new sensei. It gets even worse when Kreese begins actively recruiting new students who are already thugs, like Kyler.
  • Fatal Flaw: Wrath happens to be one of the most common reactions and demeanor a Cobra Kai student exhibits whenever things aren't going their way...
    • Miguel gets agitated by Sam not responding to his text messages (due to her mom confiscating her phone) and by the time they do meet up at what was supposed to be Yasmine's birthday party, he begins to shout out on how he was texting Sam all day and her hanging out with Robby. It also does not help in that he got himself drunk due to thinking about this situation too much, which results in him trying to attack Robby... and instead end up hitting Sam.
    • Hawk takes what is taught to him and his reputation very seriously due to his experience in getting relentlessly bullied for his lip. As a result, he doesn't take it very well if he thinks he's getting insulted in some way. He breaks tournament rules by kicking Robby and spraining his shoulder because Robby mocked his hairstyle. This promptly gets Hawk disqualified and he reacts by shouting "Bullshit!" the moment he is told of his disqualification. Then he sees a Yelp review by Demetri which slams Cobra Kai and his response is to stalk and attack his former friend for it, which only ends with him getting defeated by Sam and Robby and Moon breaking up with him.
    • Tory doesn't take it well by simply seeing Sam and Miguel talking and decides to simply trip her. Then, upon seeing her boyfriend cheat on her with Sam, rather than do the sensible thing and either break up with Miguel or have a serious discussion with him, she decides to instigate a fight against Sam using the public address system on the first day of high school, and goes as far as to use a spiked bracelet to slash her arm. Predictably, Tory gets expelled from school, but she is simply unable to let go of her grudge against Sam, going as far as to violate her probation by committing crimes and prioritizing antagonizing and attacking her rival over looking after her sick mother and younger brother.
  • Gendered Insult: Their members are fond of using these to antagonize their detractors, the most common one being "pussy", thanks to Johnny's influence.
  • The Good, the Bad, and the Evil: While originally the "Bad" to Miyagi-Do's "Good", Cobra Kai moves right into the "Evil" category once Kreese takes over, Johnny's new Eagle Fang School taking on the role of "Bad". While Miyagi-Do is a Pacifist Dojo with an emphasis in self-defense (Good) and Eagle Fang is a Martial Pacifist dojo that uses Cobra Kai's brutality for honorable purposes, Kreese's Cobra Kai is a Thug Dojo ran less like a martial arts school and more like a street gang acting out vendettas with unrestrained violence.
  • He Who Fights Monsters: The majority of the students are bullied kids that just want to defend themselves but by the end of Season 1 most of them become almost just as bad as their tormentors. Especially Hawk. The entire dojo as a whole becomes this by the end of Season 3 when all of its initial members during Johnny's tutelage were forced to leave the dojo for one reason or another. The remaining members include the very same bullies who tormented Cobra Kai's former students, and those that want to acquire new skills to hurt others instead of those that just want to learn how to defend themselves. As Demetri would put it, Cobra Kai has become "the worst collection of assholes in the valley".
  • Informed Ability: Edwin, Big Red and Dieter, are all still in Cobra Kai after Kreese’s purge, implying they were skilled enough to defend their spots against athletic possible recruits. Unlike Mikey and Rickenberger however, they are never shown displaying these skills. They don’t participate in any fights against Miyagi Do or Eagle Fang. They also never even place in the All-Valley Tournament either year. In fact, Kenny surpasses them in that respect despite being in Cobra Kai a year less than any of them. Downplayed with Big Red and Edwin. Edwin briefly fights Abe during the school fight, but it ends in a tie and they stop very quickly. Big Red is the first student knocked out by Robby when he challenges all of Cobra Kai to hit him. The duo also shows up during the laser tag fight, but their arrival causes the other students to flee in response, showing they have enough skill to be feared by Miyagi-Do.
  • Instant Web Hit: In-universe, many of the students' actions become this over the course of Season 1, the most significant one being Miguel's cafeteria fight with Kyler and his gang in Episode 5, which provided the dojo the advertising it needed to attract more students.
  • Karma Houdini: The other students who are briefly seen helping Hawk to trash the Miyagi-do dojo don't get their comeuppance like the latter did (Mitch being one of them). In fact, the show makes it look like Hawk was the only one who did the whole thing.
  • Kick the Dog: The Cobra Kai dojo as a whole when they convince Hawk to break Demetri's arm. Then, Tory and the other Cobra Kai loyalists invade the La Russo house and assault Sam, Miguel and all of the Miyagi-do and former Cobra Kai students as they’re hanging out.
  • Logical Weakness:
    • It's subtle, but because the Cobra Kai style focuses so much on using speed, power, and ferocity to overwhelm an opponent, it's shown that their students can exhaust themselves when fighting someone with strong defensive skills or are often unable to mount a good defense when faced with an enemy who possesses superior offensive skills (in fact, Kreese' only two students who are shown to have a good defense are Robby, who was formerly part of Miyagi-Do, and Tory, who learned the most from him).
    • Because the philosophy encourages tapping into one's anger to fuel the Attack! Attack! Attack! style, it often leads to the students' technique becoming sloppy when they let their emotions get the best of them.
  • Mirroring Factions:
    • Cobra Kai and Miyagi-Do are this to each other throughout Season 2, with everyone having a direct counterpart on the other team (except Stingray).
      • Miguel and Robby are both The Ace of their respective dojos, who have a romantic relationship with Sam and are Foils through their relationships with Johnny, with Miguel being his surrogate son and seeing him as a positive father-figure, while Robby is his biological son but has a very poor relationship with him.
      • Aisha and Tory are both Foils to different aspects of Sam's personality. Aisha represents who Sam could be if she had embraced her Closet Geek side instead of rejecting it, while Tory is more of an Evil Counterpart who takes Sam's hot-headedness Up to Eleven and resents her privileged lifestyle, having grown up in a poorer family. The three also form a Freudian Trio, with Tory as the Id, Sam as the Ego and Aisha as the Superego.
      • Hawk and Demetri were both previously nerds who were bullied at school. While Demetri was generally accepting of his lot in life and happy with the few friends he had, Eli completely rejects his nerdy interests and cultivates his "Hawk" persona to bury his past as a victim. They also represent their dojos mantras taken to a logical extreme, with Hawk being completely merciless and aggressive while Demetri is almost purely defensive.
      • Mitch and Chris are both The Big Guy and have a We Used to Be Friends dynamic.
      • Bert and Nathaniel are the smallest members of their respective dojos. Bert is a Nice Guy and a Butt-Monkey who serves as something of a Token Good Teammate to Cobra Kai, while Nathaniel is very aggressive and a Token Evil Teammate to Miyagi-Do.
    • In Season 4, as Johnny and Daniel are having huge difficulties adapting to and embracing each others' training styles and philosophies, Terry Silver and John Kreese are having differences founded in the lessons they've learned (or not learned) from the events in the 80s. Ultimately, while Johnny and Daniel's differences prove irreconcilable, Kreese and Silver successfully come to an accord—which is then subverted at the end of the season when Silver has Kreese arrested, but Johnny and Daniel come to an accord.
  • Motive Decay: At the start of Season 3, they justify their continued antagonism of Miyagi-Do after the school brawl as being revenge for Miguel's injuries, despite the fact that Miguel himself would not approve of this and Robby, the actual culprit, is already in juvie. It becomes very clear to Miguel himself that the Cobra Kais are just using him as an excuse to settle their own personal grudges with members of Miyagi-Do, and eventually the motive loses all validity when Miguel himself gets added to their list of enemies for joining Johnny's new Eagle Fang dojo and Robby, the person who put him in the hospital in the first place, is allowed to join Cobra Kai. By the end of the finale, even Hawk has to accept that Cobra Kai's only real motivation for their actions is For the Evulz and Kreese's desire for revenge against Daniel LaRusso, and defects to the Miyagi-Do/Eagle Fang alliance.
  • A Nazi by Any Other Name: By the time Kreese takes over, Cobra Kai starts to draw parallels to the Nazis. While they've always been Red and Black and Evil All Over and they aren't deliberately persecuting people of different races or religions (though they aren't a bastion of tolerance, either), Kreese is a Politically Incorrect Villain who believes that Might Makes Right, the "strong" should surpass the "weak", and orders his students to attack and harm anyone he believes is inferior.
  • Nothing Is the Same Anymore: By the end of Season 3, Johnny, Miguel, Hawk, Aisha, Stingray, Mitch, Bert, and just about everyone else who was part of the dojo under Johnny's solo reign has left Cobra Kai, leaving it to be run by Kreese with delinquents like Tory, Kyler, and Robby under his thumb as a true Thug Dojo with no redeeming qualities.
  • Opinion Override: At the end of Season 2, Hawk, Tory, Mitch, Stingray, and several others decide to abandon Johnny for Kreese, considering Miguel's injuries in the school brawl to be Johnny's fault. Miguel, on the other hand, doesn't blame Johnny for what happened to him at all. They also take it upon themselves to get revenge on Miyagi-Do for Miguel's injuries by doing things like attacking Nate, stealing the money Miyagi-Do raised to pay for Miguel's surgery with their car wash and breaking Demetri's arm, despite the fact that Miguel holds no animosity against Miyagi-Do either. Miguel calls out both Hawk and Tory for this when he gets out of the hospital.
  • Order Reborn: After the events of The Karate Kid Part III, the Cobra Kai dojo was banned from the All Valley Tournament and, presumably, collapsed due to its reputation as a Thug Dojo. Johnny decides to start it up again to teach Miguel how to stand up for himself and Miguel's fight against Kyler and his gang inspires a new generation to want to learn how to do the same. By the end of the first season, they've become strong enough to win the All Valley Tournament again.
  • The Psycho Rangers: Very much established in Season 4 with their core fighters.
    • The Big Bad: Or rather the Big Bad Wannabe for John Kreese, being the original sensei of Cobra Kai by the start of Season 4, and uses his past status as Silver's captain to assert himself as the dojo's supreme commander. Which bites him in the ass when Silver betrays him in the season finale.
    • The Dragon: Or rather the Dragon-in-Chief for Terry Silver, being Kreese's co-sensei who possess greater skill, far more resources (given his wealth and status), and a much more pragmatic approach against the Miyagi-Do/Eagle Fang alliance. However, Kreese considers him as a subordinate, given his previous status as Kreese's lieutenant which Silver takes it to personal offense, and later becomes The Starscream by betraying Kreese via framing.
    • The Evil Genius: Robby Keene, being a Combat Pragmatist who teaches the class the Miyagi-Do moves he previously learned to Cobra Kai's advantage, as well as successfully recruiting Kenny Payne to the class and utilizing clever tactics on retaliating against the Miyagi-Do & Eagle Fang alliance, such as leading a shaving on Hawk's mohawk, and undermining Miguel's confidence by using Johnny's insecure relationship with him. He's also possibly the only Cobra Kai that doesn't completely buy into Kreese and Silver's teachings, training in the dojo as a means to his end.
    • The Dark Chick: Tory Nichols, being the dojo's female champion and a ruthless Dark Action Girl with a Lady Macbeth streak. She becomes the main contributor to Cobra Kai's victory in the All-Valley, defeating Sam LaRusso in the Girls' final matchup to ensure enough points for the dojo to win first place.
    • The Brute: Kyler Park, being the dojo's resident Sadist and dumb muscle who mainly uses athleticism and intimidation as his skill set.
    • The Sixth Ranger: Kenny Payne and Piper Elswith, being two of the newest core members of the dojos. Kenny in particular being the dojo's Tag Along Kid (given his status as the dojo's youngest member, as well as his history of being a bully victim), and Piper being the newest core recruit and second to Tory when it comes to female fighters.
  • Ragtag Bunch of Misfits:
    • Almost everyone who showed up at the dojo following the lunchroom episode (see Instant Web Hit) cited a lack of resources to deal with the rampant bullying epidemic in the area. They were of all sizes (between small Bert and heavyset Aisha), conditions (Eli's cleft palate), and backgrounds, all looking for nothing more than to be able to fight back. Not exactly what Johnny was expecting, but he rolls with it and turns them into formidable fighters.
    • Viciously subverted come Season 3, when Kreese turns Cobra Kai back into the exact (actually worse, given students like Tory and Kyler are far more cruel and sadistic than Johnny's gang was in the 80s) kind of Thug Dojo it was during his original ownership, and kicks out students he deems too weak or ineffectual. Most of the people kicked out are those who fit firmly into the 'misfits' category—such as Mitch and Bert—which is only pushed home when he brings in thugs like Kyler who were the original reason those kids joined.
  • Reconstruction: In-universe attempt. Even before he understood how inherently flawed Cobra Kai was, Johnny had always tried to focus on and exemplify the few virtuous aspects of its philosophy: confidence, taking initiative, inner strength, giving a full effort, and perseverance. Unfortunately, Kreese undermines all his attempts until Johnny loses his dojo to him.
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: Red to Miyagi-Do.
  • Rival Dojos: With Miyagi-Do Dojo in Season 2, of course. Season 3 adds Johnny's new dojo Eagle Fang to their enemies list before that dojo and Miyagi-do combine forces.
  • Rule of Two: Throughout the series, the lone Cobra Kai sensei eventually gains a co-sensei although it's also zigzagged since Johnny and Kreese lead Cobra Kai by themselves in Season 1 and Season 3 respectively.
    • In Season 2, Johnny reluctantly accepts Kreese back into Cobra Kai under the mistaken belief that Kreese has changed his ways.
    • Kreese recruits Silver to counter Johnny and Daniel's alliance in Season 4.
    • After getting Kreese arrested in the Season 4 finale, Silver states that he has some old friends that can replace Kreese.
  • Screw This, I'm Outta Here!: Several of the dojo’s fighters decide to quit after the house fight in season three with Doug Ricknberger and Mikey as the most notable.
  • The Team:
  • Theseus' Ship Paradox: An organizational case; by the end of Season 3, all the original members of Johnny's reborn Cobra Kai (Miguel, Hawk, Mitch, Bert) have gone with Johnny to Eagle Fang. All the remaining members of Cobra Kai (with the exception of Dieter, Mikey and Edwin) are people who were brought in after Kreese had joined (Tory) or taken over (Kyler, Robby, etc.), making but nothing like the original Ragtag Group Of Misfits it started. Of course, Cobra Kai was originally Kreese's brainchild - Johnny simply took the name and creed - so there's a fair case to be made the trope has been done twice with the same dojo.
  • Thug Dojo: The Cobra Kai style emphasizes extreme aggression and heavy offense, in contrast to the more defensive Miyagi-do. In a deconstruction, Johnny turns his students into bullies by accident, only wanting to give them the courage to stand up to their tormentors. Once he realizes what he did, he takes active steps to remedy this error. Unfortuntately, Kreese promptly undermines everything he does and goes even further by actively recruiting bullies and thugs to take the places of Johnny's original students.
  • Training from Hell: In stark contrast to Miyagi-do Cobra Kai's training methods are direct and brutal but also honest and purposeful. Johnny may work his students to the bone but he always makes sure they know exactly why they're doing that particular exercise and how it'll benefit them. Students who tough out the Cobra's conditioning find that the results more than justify all the suffering.
  • Villainous Friendship:
    • One of the dojo's biggest redeeming traits, even after He Who Fights Monsters sets in, is that the members of Cobra Kai are genuine friends to one another. Johnny often acts like a Drill Sergeant Nasty, but he cares about the kids he teaches and has enough redeeming traits that his students clearly look up to him. The top students still regularly hang out with Demetri despite him quitting Cobra Kai. All the students, including the unnamed members of the dojo, attend Aisha's canyon party to help her get back at Yasmine. Also, during the All Valley Under 18 Karate Tournament, all of them cheer on their teammates, even Bert, the dojo's smallest and weakest member.
    • This is complicated in the second season when Hawk begins to resent Demetri for not fully committing to Cobra Kai, which culminates in Demetri writing a bad Yelp review of the dojo after he is slugged by Kreese and then joining Miyagi-Do, causing the two to become sworn enemies. Soon thereafter, even more students defect from Cobra Kai to Miyagi-Do, leading to the disintegration of other friendships (such as that between Chris and Mitch). Later, the absence of some Cobra Kai members such as Aisha after Kreese takes over the dojo completely may indicate that the group is fracturing even further.
    • It becomes even more complicated in the third season. Without Johnny around, Kreese, dissatisfied with the students' performance in the school brawl, decides to go even further in weeding out the weaker students and actively recruit more athletic ones. The dismissal of loyalists like Bert and Mitch and adversaries such as Kyler and Robby being welcomed into the fold causes several more of the students, including Miguel and Hawk to leave, leaving the group's membership barely resembling how it was in the first season.
    • Season 4 shows that while not as strong as before the new crew is still amiable between each other,going to movies and chatting after sessions. Kyler despite being the least sympathetic member is often inviting the others for party at his house or to buy shoes.
  • Villainous Valor: Cobra Kai has many problems, but cowardice is not one of them. As a group, they will never back down from a fight or the harshest lessons. However it's Subverted in Deleted Scene in Season 3. After the group launches their attack on the Eagle Fang and Miyagi-do students at the LaRusso house, the Cobra Kai students, led by Kyler, are quick to flee the fight after the tide turns against them.

Founder

    John Kreese 
See Kreese's character page here.

Current Sensei

    Terry Silver 
See Silver’s character page here.

Current Students

    Robby Keene 
See Robby's character page here
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    Tory Nichols 
See Tory's character page here

    Kyler Park 
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"Want another beatdown, 'Rhea?"
Played by: Joe Seo
Appearances: Cobra Kai

"I've got a lot on my mind right now! If I don't pass trig this semester, my dad's gonna shit in my mouth!"

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


  • All Asians Know Martial Arts: Double Subverted. Initially, he's the only Asian in a show about karate and while he does practice a martial art, it's a western martial art (wrestling) and he's not very good at it. He gets much better after Kreese recruits him into Cobra Kai.
  • Arc Villain: He's the main antagonist of the first half of Season 1, as his bullying is what motivates Miguel to learn Cobra Kai from Johnny.
  • Asian Airhead: A rare male example, the dude clearly doesn’t have much going on upstairs. Case in point: when Daniel asks where his parents are from, as in which country they originated, Kyler replies with "Irvine". On top of that, the third season shows him as struggling at school academically given that his dad has supposedly threatened punishment by way of excrement in the mouth if he doesn't pass an upcoming trigonometry test. Just look at the top quote in this character folder.
  • Asian Rudeness: And how. He's a Korean-American who takes sadistic pleasure in tormenting others just For the Evulz.
  • Attack! Attack! Attack!: After Eli scores a point on Kyler during their match at the All-Valley tournament, Kyler tries doing this during the rest of the match. Eli is able to anticipate this and kicks him down twice, each time in less than a second.
  • Ax-Crazy: He's a psychotic, vicious and sadistic brute who takes sick pleasure in making others miserable and he even spends a lot of time beating up Miguel in the Season 3 finale after he spent most of the season being handicapped.
  • Bastard Boyfriend: Perhaps the only reason why he's going out with Sam is so that he could get inside her pants. He attempts to date rape her during the Halloween party (only for Daniel to come and stop him), in addition to making sexual advances during their movie night. As soon as Sam breaks up with him, he slutshames her out of petty revenge (even using Daniel's defaced billboard as "evidence").
  • Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: In Season 1, he manages to charm the LaRussos into approving of Sam dating him, putting on a much friendlier, gentlemanly persona, even though he's only interested in getting into her pants. This is mostly gone afterward as his acts of jerkassery become more blatant.
  • The Bully: His stock in trade and defining quality. Kyler and his gang savagely bully Miguel and his friends every chance they get. He is also no stranger to cyber-bullying.
  • Bully Brutality: He and his gang beat Miguel unconscious at one point. During the home invasion, he deals a No-Holds-Barred Beatdown on Miguel's back, while Miguel is still recovering from a life-threatening spinal injury.
  • Bullying a Dragon: During the second All-Valley tournament, Kyler feels confident enough to call Eli “lip” again, even though this is still the person who beat his buddy Brucks to a pulp and Kyler only got the jump on Eli with the help of several other Cobra Kais.
  • Bullying the Disabled: In season 3, he steeps to new lows. While Demetri has his arm casted as a result of Hawk breaking it the arcade fight, Kyler draws a large penis on it and parades it around in the cafeteria. Subverted with Miguel, who is finally back on his feet when they confront one another again during the LaRusso house fight, but is also still clearly recovering from back injuries, and Kyler deliberately targets Miguel's spine, possibly intending to re-aggravate them.
  • The Bus Came Back: He returns in Season 3, and visits the Cobra Kai dojo at Kreese's invitation with his gang.
  • The Brute: Becomes this for Cobra Kai in Season 3. Kyler is physically strong but lacks the intelligence and skill of Hawk, Tory, and Robby meaning he's little more than muscle in Kreese's hierarchy. In Season 4 his demonstration for the tournament has him breaking cinderblocks using his head.
  • Dirty Coward: Kyler is a walking argument that all bullies are cowards.
    • After Miguel kicks the shit out of him and his friends single-handedly, he starts avoiding any confrontation with him. Even before that, he's too gutless to fight without his gang around to back him up. He doesn't try again to attack Miguel until the season 3 finale, both because 1) Kyler is acting as a member of Tory's gang and 2) Miguel is recovering from a near-fatal injury and isn't strong enough to give him a full effort in a fight.
    • He continues to make fun of Hawk's scar until he delivers a viscous beating to Brucks after which he can’t even look at him.
    • He refuses to make up for his mistake and take the cobra from the enclosure bare-handed, letting Robby do it and earn Kreese's respect.
    • A Deleted Scene from Season 3 confirms that he's still this at his core even after all of his Cobra Kai training. Once Miguel and the others turn the tide of the house brawl against Cobra Kai, Kyler leads the Cobra Kais in fleeing the household rather than trying to continue.
  • Disc-One Final Boss: He is defeated partway through Season 1. At this point, Miguel's main problem goes from dealing with his bullying to defeating Robby in the All-Valley tournament.
  • Dumb Jock: He's very athletic, but not exactly the sharpest tool in the shed.
    • He reveals late in the third season that he's apparently struggling in trigonometry, claiming that his dad will "shit in [his] mouth" (doubling as Toilet Humour) if he fails the upcoming test, which implies that this is a recurring issue for him.
    • He also considers ASU (Arizona State University) as his top choice for college, going as far as to call it, the Harvard of the West Coast. Yes, a well-known party school with a high acceptance rate, when much more prestigious universities in the West Coast exist. Either he hasn't done his research, or he might have a slight chance of getting accepted.
  • Evil Counterpart:
    • Eviler Counterpart to Johnny in the first Karate Kid. As boorish as Johnny was in that film, he at least genuinely loved Ali and only bullied Daniel because Daniel kept provoking him (wittingly or not). Kyler, by contrast, never truly respected or loved Sam (only being interested in getting into her pants), and bullied Miguel and his friends just for the hell of it. Additionally, Johnny believes cyber-bullies are Dirty Cowards and would never harass someone over the net, while Kyler has no such scruples. Later on, Johnny makes it clear to Miguel that if a girl doesn't want to do anything physical, then the guy should back off — and even as a teenager, Johnny is never seen laying a hand on Ali, not even after she punches him. As shown when he is with Sam in episode 4, Kyler is not nearly as much of a gentleman.
    • He's also this to the Binary Brothers (both of them being his bully victims):
      • To Eli/Hawk. While both were The Bully, especially toward Demetri, Hawk is a bully trying to mask his insecurity as a former bullied victim, whereas Kyler is a bully just For the Evulz. Hawk eventually reforms and defects from Cobra Kai, whereas Kyler is still a bully and remains loyal to Kreese's sadistic teachings.
      • To Demetri. When it comes to embodying their dojos' philosophies, both might as well be the best as it. Kyler exemplifies an Attack! Attack! Attack! merciless personality even before joining Cobra Kai (without much Freudian Excuse whatsoever), making him easily the dojo's most ruthless student, whereas Demetri exemplifies an Awesome by Analysis personality of utilizing defensive techniques and only fighting when needed to, making him easily the dojo's most pragmatic student.
  • Evil Has a Bad Sense of Humor: Gives Miguel the rather uninspired insult "Rhea" because he first confronted him while Miguel was out buying Pepto Bismol for his grandmother and following Johnny's graffitiing a large dick on Daniel's billboard Kyler develops a near-obsession with penis-related jokes.
  • Expy:
    • An Eastern Asian brute who mistreats everyone around him including the woman he is interested in and antagonizes a kid much smaller than him. He's shaping up to be another Chozen (who at least demonstrated Character Development and a motive for his ruthlessness).
    • He’s also set to be one for Dutch too, as both are arguably the most sadistic members of the dojo with little to no redeeming qualities.
  • Fatal Flaw: Kyler is too much of a sadistic bully to fight properly. When he gets Johnny in a hold he doesn't secure it because he'd rather taunt and punch him which gives Johnny an opportunity to escape it. Even after being trained at Cobra Kai, he makes the same mistake in his rematch with Miguel as he'd rather brutalize and mock him than knock him out quickly given Miguel a chance to get a Heroic Second Wind. He does better in an actual spar with rules since he is forced to take things seriously. This is also emphasized during his match with Eli during the All-Valley; he still taunts Eli, calling him Lip, and overconfident that he will defeat him easily. Unfortunately for him, Eli dispatches Kyler in 20 seconds flat.
  • Flunky Boss: Kyler is too much of a coward to fight on his own, and only picks a fight when his gang is with him. Subverted, after he Took a Level in Badass in Season 3, when he is actually willing to fight Miguel mostly on his own during the Season 3 finale. That doesn't mean he lost his cowardliness, he just chose to attack Miguel while he was still recovering from a near Game-Breaking Injury.
  • Foil:
    • To Yasmine in Season 3. While Yasmine learned from her experiences in Season 1 and began to change her attitude, Kyler learned absolutely nothing and decides to join Cobra Kai to make himself a stronger bully. Yasmine's biggest Pet the Dog moment comes when she cheers Demetri up after seeing Kyler bully him.
    • To Eli/Hawk in Season 3. After Eli's transformation into Hawk, Hawk starts to become more like Kyler, a vicious bully that lashes out at others for petty reasons. The obvious difference is that Hawk has a genuine Freudian Excuse for why he became an aggressive bully (most of which was actually caused by Kyler and his gang), while Kyler's motivation seems to be purely For the Evulz. Hawk joins Cobra Kai as a means to learn how to get others to stop bullying him, while Kyler joins Cobra Kai just so that he can get the training needed to get revenge on Miguel. Even at his worse, Hawk still manages to retain some redeeming qualities like his belief in loyalty and his Villainous Friendship with his Cobra Kai classmates as well as bravery and never backing down from a fight. Kyler, on the other hand, is willing to abandon his best friend Brucks to join Cobra Kai after Brucks was badly beaten by Hawk and is revealed to be just as much of a coward as he was before. Ironically, it's when Hawk realizes that he has become too much like Kyler for his liking, that he undergoes his Heel Realization.
    • To Robby during and after season 3. Kyler fashions himself as a tough and unrelenting badass, being a loudmouth and picking on others unprovoked, but quickly backing down if he encounters someone stronger than him. Robby, on the other hand, is much quieter and collected, without a strong tendency to go out of his way to bully people, preferring to let his actions speak for themselves and not backing away from a fight with a stronger opponent.
  • For the Evulz: His motivation for being a sadist (also see that entry).
  • For Want of a Nail: All the shit going on with karate in the valley started...because Kyler and his goons got pissed off at Miguel for exposing them into buying beer. Ironically, he eventually starts benefiting from it once Kreese recruits him.
  • The Friend Nobody Likes: To Cobra Kai in season 4. Kenny has a minor rivalry with him due to Kyler hazing him when he joins the dojo, and Robby and Tory will take any chance to avoid hanging out with him. Piper is also clearly unimpressed by him in their one brief interaction.
  • Hate Sink: Compare to the Grey-and-Gray Morality setup that most of the other characters have, Kyler is clearly written to be as unlikable as possible and has little to no redeeming traits. Even when Cobra Kai students start falling under He Who Fights Monsters, they are still not as awful as Kyler and many at least have understandable reasons for how they act. Season 3 reaffirms that the guy hasn't changed one bit especially his love of penile drawings and willingness to attack Miguel as the guy is still recovering from his coma and paralysis. Even his one redeeming trait in Season 1, his Villainous Friendship with his gang, is ultimately lost when he abandons his best friend Brucks to join Cobra Kai.
  • Humiliation Conga: It's quite satisfying to see Eli dispatch him 3-0 in less than 20 seconds, with the last two points being scored in less than a second each time.
  • Hypocrite:
    • He has no qualms about calling Miguel "'Rhea" just because he was buying Pepto the first time they met. Gets offended when Mitch tries to call him "Chodenose", even though Kyler loves making dick jokes to antagonize and mock others and "chode" is a term to describe a penis that's wider than it is long.
    • Outright looks down upon Johnny during their first encounter for "looking like a bum." Yet he has no problem aligning himself with Kreese, who just so happens to be an even bigger bum than Johnny.
  • It's Personal: He's eager to get back at Miguel during their second confrontation in the climax of Season 3 for humiliating him in the school cafeteria fight in Season 1.
    "It's payback time, 'Rhea."
  • Jerkass Has a Point: Despite being such a dick to his fellow students, Kyler notices Miguel attending Aisha's canyon party. Remembering how his last fight against Miguel went, Kyler wisely suggests to his gang and Yasmine that they relocate their party somewhere else. His gang follows, except for Moon, who decides to join Aisha's party and ask for Aisha's forgiveness, while Yasmine gets a Melvin.
  • Jerk Jock: Kyler is an athletic wrestler who's pretty much a relentless bully in high school and loves to terrorize people for fun.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Jerk: While he is The Bully to Miguel and his friends, Kyler does at least seem to be an alright boyfriend towards Sam, until it's revealed he never truly loved or respected her, and just wanted to get in her pants. He later spreads vicious rumors about Sam after she fends off his attempt to date rape her. Season 3 proves he has not changed one bit even after Miguel kicked his ass as he continues to bully kids who are weaker than him or can't fight back (like Demetri with a broken arm). He then joins Cobra Kai so he can reassert himself over Miguel and his friends.
  • Kick the Dog: He loves this trope to pieces.
    • Not only does he shamelessly tack on a patronizing and Embarrassing Nickname to Miguel, but he also empties the bottle of Pepto Miguel purchased for his grandmother all over his head.
    • When he bullies Eli in the school library, Kyler mocks his victim's appearance, claiming no girl would ever be attracted to him.
      "Oh, look at this freak. What kind of girl would ever kiss this shit?"
    • He openly humiliates Sam in the lunchroom, claiming that she follows her father in the fellatio department.note 
      "Hey, guys. You know that billboard with a big-ass dick on it? I guess Sam takes after her dad."
    • In Season 3, he also humiliates Demetri in the lunchroom by doodling a penis on the cast covering his right arm, all because Demetri bumped into him while trying to maneuver his lunch tray.
      "Hey, guys. Check this guy out, standing around with a dick in his hand."
    • In Season 4, he takes part in cutting of Eli's mohawk, and continues to taunt Eli before their match at the All-Valley. This backfires on him spectacularly as Eli administers him a very quick defeat.
  • Know When to Fold 'Em: After the cafeteria beating, Kyler does not seek revenge on Miguel, and in fact avoids him at all costs thereafter, even to the point of suggesting that Yasmine move her birthday party elsewhere after he spots Miguel at the beach that their clique was headed to. His gang follows, except for Moon, who decides to join Aisha's party while Yasmine ends up being humiliated by Aisha for her past behavior.
    • A deleted scene in season 3 after the brawl at the LaRusso home suggests that he did this with Tory at the end of the fight.
  • Laser-Guided Karma:
    • Beaten and humiliated by Miguel from the lunchroom fight.
    • Gets defeated pretty easily by Eli during the All Valley after taunting Eli about his lip again.
  • Laughably Evil: While Kyler is a despicable bully, his stupidity and douchey attitude is pretty hilarious especially in Season 3, when he whines that his father will crap in his mouth if he doesn't pass trigonometry.
  • Malicious Misnaming: He tacks an Embarrassing Nickname, "'Rhea", onto Miguel because he had a bottle of Pepto on him. And he still uses it when he confronts Miguel again during Cobra Kai's assault on the Miyagi-Dos and Eagle Fangs.
  • Menace Decay: He's the primary antagonist towards Miguel until Miguel beats him and his friends in the cafeteria fight. After that, he avoids Miguel like the plague. Averted in Season 3 when he joins Cobra Kai. While Miguel still defeats him in the finale, his learning karate makes him an active threat again. This gets played straight again during Season 4's All Valley Tournament, when he gets dispatched by Eli in less than 20 seconds during their match, losing 3-0.
  • Miles Gloriosus: Downplayed. Generally he is a genuine physical threat as a bully, particularly after he joins Cobra Kai. Season 4 proves that when he's up against someone who is also trained in karate, he's not as much of a threat as he thinks he is. Thus far, Miguel, Robby, and Eli have all bested him in rather humiliating fashion, with Kyler not even being able to land a hit on the latter two.
  • Mirror Character: To Zack, Anthony's friend, in his Hate Sink qualities and mistreatment of friends (which is of a different nature: belittling and insulting Anthony in the case of Zack, ditching Brucks for Cobra Kai after getting defeated by Hawk in the case of Kyler).
  • Mook Lieutenant: Kyler starts out the series as the show's first true main antagonist, leading his own little gang of bullies, during the first half of Season 1, before ultimately losing to Miguel at the season's halfway point. He later returns as an antagonist in Season 3 as muscle for Kreeses' Thug Dojo, but he's outranked by Tory and Robby.
  • More Despicable Minion: He's nowhere near the level of Kreese, Robby, and Tory when it comes to the dojo's hierarchy, but his sadistic tendency to pick on weaker people just For the Evulz (combined with a lack of backstory) makes him far less sympathetic.
  • Nice Job Fixing It, Villain:
    • Hawk had been showing signs of disillusionment with Kreese throughout Season 3, and was clearly becoming increasingly remorseful over all that he’d done to Demetri. It is Kyler acting friendly towards him in the final battle that sends Hawk over the line and causes him to perform a Heel–Face Turn. Also, he indirectly helped Miguel to regain a majority of his strength instead of simply finishing off him.
    • At the tournament Moon overheard him taunting Eli right before their match. She in turn gives him the confidence he needs to deliver a flawless victory over Kyler.
  • No-Holds-Barred Beatdown: He and the rest of his gang beat Miguel into unconsciousness during the Halloween party. Miguel returns the favor in the cafeteria (see Kick the Dog above for the catalyst).
  • No Name Given: He was only referred to by his first name throughout the first three season. In season 4, his last name is revealed to be "Park".
  • Pragmatic Villainy: Seeing Miguel among the partiers at the canyon, he's actually being sensible in recommending that Yasmine hold her birthday party elsewhere.
  • Pretty Fly for a White Guy: Or Asian guy. A lot of Kyler's mannerisms are stereotypically "gangsta."
  • Put on a Bus: Kyler is absent in Season 2. No explanation for it is given, but the season does take place over the summer. Ultimately, he returns in season 3 when Kreese recruits him for Cobra Kai.
  • Racial Face Blindness: Daniel assumes he's Japanese, but his surname reveals that he's Korean (who ironically have a VERY bad history with Japan.) Fittingly, Kreese's "karate" is actually based on Tang Soo Do, a Korean martial art.
  • Rape Is a Special Kind of Evil: Yes, he’ll go as far as to sexually abuse Sam for his own gratification (as shown in the Halloween party and the movie night). Even prior to their relationship, Kyler actually succeeds in date-raping another girl using the same “Grandma’s Bracelet” tactic he tried doing on Sam.
  • Sadist: Kyler enjoys hurting people for his own sake. Even at their worst moments, Miguel and the majority of Cobra Kai at least have understandable motives for their aggression and don't indiscriminately go after people who didn't provoke them first. And during the invasion of Sam’s house his “payback time” on Miguel borders on torture. He absolutely revels in taking advantage of the guy still recovering from a near-fatal injury choke dragging him by the neck and then repeatedly punching him in the area of said injury.
  • Screw This, I'm Outta Here!:
    • When Miguel and Kyler make eye contact while the former was chatting with Demetri, Kyler turns around and casually walks off.
    • The moment he sees Miguel among the crowd in the canyon party, Kyler decides against starting any shit, proposing to Yasmine that they relocate (which everyone else but Moon does).
    • A deleted scene after the brawl at the LaRusso home suggests that he did this after the fight.
  • The Sociopath: Definitely shows a lot of sociopathic tendencies. Unlike most of Cobra Kai's other students, who were mostly bullied outcasts corrupted into bullies themselves, Kyler was a ruthless thug from the get-go. He enjoys tearing others down and making their lives hell seemingly for no other reason than because he thinks it's funny. He fights Miguel during the house brawl, and despite (or more likely due to) knowing that Miguel was nearly paralyzed for life by a spinal injury, he deliberately targets Miguel's back. He also appears to have no genuine loyalty to anyone, as while he initially seems to have a genuine friendship with Brucks, he abandons Brucks without a second thought when the latter is beaten up and deemed not to be Cobra Kai material (in sharp contrast to Hawk and Mitch). He's shown to be capable of charming others when he wants to, as seen when he starts dating Sam in Season 1, but it's all an act and he's actually rotten to the core.
  • Starter Villain: He serves as the main antagonist of the first half of Season 1 and is ultimately defeated by Miguel at the mid-point of the season. Afterward, he only makes a few small appearances (which consist entirely of seeing Miguel and promptly deciding to be somewhere else) during the second half of Season 1. He does eventually return in Season 3 as a Mini-Boss.
  • Starter Villain Stays: Kyler's main purpose in the first season is to bully Miguel and inspire him to learn karate from Johnny to defend himself, leading to Johnny reopening the Cobra Kai dojo. After Miguel beats him and his gang in a fight at school halfway through the season, he more or less disappears from the narrative, save for a few cameos where he sees Miguel and decides to avoid him so he doesn't get his ass kicked again. Kyler returns in Season 3 as a Mook Lieutenant and Mini-Boss, joining Cobra Kai after Kreese steals the dojo from Johnny and using his new karate training to seek revenge on Miguel for his earlier beating.
  • Teens Are Monsters: The way he and his gang bully Miguel and his friends is pretty extreme and violent, in addition to having no problem whatsoever sexually abusing and making up false stories about Sam being promiscuous when she won’t put out or or trying to get revenge on Miguel when the guy is still recovering from an injury that left him paralyzed..
  • Thin-Skinned Bully: He loves insulting people (particularly by making cracks based on big dicks) but anytime someone makes similar insults towards him, he lashes out at them.
  • Toilet Humor: Dick jokes seem to be his main type of humor.
  • Token Minority: He's the only named present-day character to be clearly defined as Asian, prior to the second season. By the end of Season 3, he's the only major Cobra Kai fighter to be of Asian descent.
  • Took a Level in Badass: In Season 3, Kreese recruits him to Cobra Kai and he becomes even more of a threat now that he has legitimate fighting skills along with his athleticism. Fortunately, Miguel is still the superior fighter.
  • Took a Level in Jerkass: While he's always been a boorish jerk, for the first half of Season 1 he at least makes the effort to pretend to be a nice person, to the point of convincing Sam to go out with him and making a decent enough impression on Daniel and Amanda the first time he meets them so they don't realize he's only interested in getting into Sam's pants. After his breakup with Sam and especially when he returns in Season 3, he seems to go out of his way to Kick the Dog as often and publicly as possible.
  • Unskilled, but Strong: While Kyler is a trained wrestler, he isn't particularly good at it. He doesn't actually go for takedowns or holds until he's been hit and lacks the discipline to keep any of the ones he gets once given resistance. When put against a martial artist who values his craft more than hooking up and partying he becomes a punching bag. In the All-Valley he took out the quite capable Chris earning him a spot in the top 8. When he went against Eli his defeat took under 20 seconds.
    • This is eventually subverted after it's implied that he took his wrestling training much more seriously by the time he was reintroduced in Season 3, as he was able to defeat Mitch during Kyler's initiation match to get into Cobra Kai. After getting karate training from Kreese, he Took a Level in Badass and became a Strong and Skilled fighter. However, he does not have the same level of finesse as Hawk or Tory, plus he still can't hold a candle against Miguel.
  • Vitriolic Best Buds: Has sort of this dynamic with Kenny. Even after Kenny proves himself to be worthy of the dojo (and that was after Kyler mocks him for his cowardice), Kyler continues to haze him by using him as a busboy at the drive-in theater. However, they do act civil to each other at the dojo, and upon Cobra Kai's victory, are seen celebrating together when Terry Silver makes his speech.
  • Villain Cred: Kyler has nothing but respect for Terry Silver's teaching methods and style.
    "Second-sensei's working us hard today. Guy's going BEAST MODE."
  • Villain Forgot to Level Grind: Played straight in Season 1 where Kyler didn't seem to take his wrestling training all that seriously and remained at the same level of skill throughout the first season. This allowed Miguel to eventually surpass Kyler in terms of fighting prowess, resulting in Kyler's defeat at Season 1's halfway point. Averted in Season 3, where Kyler took both his wrestling and karate training much more seriously and was able to become a genuine threat again, but only to be played straight during Season 4's Tournament in which Eli hands him his ass in less than 20 seconds.
  • Villainous Friendship: With Cobra Kai in Season 3 and 4. In fact in Season 4 we see that as long as you're on his good side he's actually pretty easy to get along with. He invites his fellow students to do things like watch movies or buy shoes, even inviting Tory with the implication of buying her some (he notes Tory would look nice in some Dunks and the viewer would know that Tory doesn't have the excess cash to spare on a luxury like new shoes often) and you can tell he enjoys their company.
  • Vocal Evolution: Kyler had a bit of a dudebro inflection in his first season but it was much subtler. When he returned in Season 3 it was emphasized more making him sound more oafish.
  • Wrestler in All of Us: He is on the wrestling team and defeats Mitch with a submission hold during the Cobra Kai initiation sparring.

    Kenny Payne 
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"I want another shot."
Played by: Dallas Dupree Young
Appearances: Cobra Kai

"Get ready for high school next year because you're going to be a world of pain."

A new student at West Valley Middle School and the brother of Shawn Payne who joins Cobra Kai after he is bullied by his fellow peers. He develops a mentee-mentor relationship with Robby Keene.


  • Anti-Villain: He's completely detached from the main conflict and simply joined Cobra Kai because he was being bullied at school by Anthony LaRusso and his friends and Cobra Kai happened to be the dojo Robby was currently training at. This trope eventually gets lost by the Season 4 finale where Kenny fully embraces Cobra Kai’s teachings and becomes an outright villain after giving Anthony a No-Holds-Barred Beatdown that appalls even Robby.
  • Big Brother Worship: Even after Shawn was sent to juvie, Kenny still looks up to him and seeks his advice.
  • Black and Nerdy: His hobbies include playing video games, drawing anime, and cosplaying.
  • Cool Loser: Anthony and his friends bullying him for his nerdy hobbies and being the new kid is mostly why he is so unpopular, otherwise had he been left alone he could make lots of friends with his attitude, look, and even his athleticism (he's skilled in basketball and very fast).
  • Combat Pragmatist: In "Minefields", Anthony and his friends chase Kenny into the library. In a sequence that Rambo would be proud of, Kenny defeats Anthony's group by switching off the lights and using the darkness and the environment to pick them off one by one.
  • Fragile Speedster: Kenny is able to use his speed to great advantage, but he's far from the toughest guy on the mat.
  • From Nobody to Nightmare: Starts off as a bullied student before he is recruited into Cobra Kai as one of the core members and fully embraces the Cobra Kai creed, with his vicious beatdown of Anthony LaRusso.
  • Gendered Insult: When Anthony approaches Kenny and attempts to talk things out with him, Kenny, distrustful of Anthony, calls him by his Embarrassing Nickname, "LaPusso".
  • Hidden Depths: In the second episode of Season 4, he is shown to be pretty good at basketball.
  • Hourglass Plot: Upon his introduction and throughout the majority of Season 4, he's the main bully victim of Anthony LaRusso during their time in middle school. After giving him a No-Holds-Barred Beatdown and fully embracing Kreese's and Silver's Cobra Kai teachings, he's shaped up to be Anthony's main bully in high school.
  • It's All My Fault: The reason Shawn was sent to juvie was because he gave a No-Holds-Barred Beatdown to a former friend who attacked Kenny after the latter caught said friend stealing from the Paynes. Kenny blames himself for his brother being sent away since he was only trying to protect him.
  • Lightning Bruiser: Kenny's main asset is his speed, which he uses to quickly strike his opponents before they can strike him.
  • Lonely Rich Kid: While his family is well off, his dad is in the military and deployed, his mom works long hours, his older brother is in juvie, and he just moved to West Valley Middle School and hasn't made any friends. That all changes when he is recruited by Robby to join Cobra Kai, and even then most of the students (particularly Kyler) treat him like a glorified servant.
  • Meaningful Name: After fully-embracing the Cobra Kai mindset, he warns Anthony to "get ready for high school next year." Because he (Anthony) will be in a world of "pain."
  • Mirror Character:
    • Kenny is one to Daniel LaRusso circa the original film. He's a new transfer student who's quickly bullied by his new classmates and turns to learning karate as a method to fight back.
    • Much like Miguel and Hawk, Kenny was a victim of bullying at his school before turning to Cobra Kai as a means to gain confidence, and ultimately goes too far.
    • And, like young Johnny Lawrence, he's a Lonely Rich Kid with a very poor family life (although the details differ significantly: in Kenny's case his family is an absentee one, who does care for him despite everything, while in Johnny's his father abandoned him during his childhood and his stepfather was an emotional bully, leaving only his mom to love him).
    • Also, Anthony. Both are middle-school kids with "nerdy" tastes. However, while Kenny is more-or-less open about them, Anthony is a Closet Geek who (uncomfortably) bullies Kenny in order to defend himself, driving the latter straight into Cobra Kai's hands.
  • Morality Pet:
    • For his brother, Shawn. He may have been The Bully in juvie, but he genuinely loves his brother and he was only sent to juvie in the first place because he defended Kenny from being assaulted by a friend of his who stole from their home.
    • To Robby. Even after he's turned to the dark side by joining Cobra Kai, Robby takes him under his wing and teaches him karate to deal with his bullies, and wants nothing more than to be a good mentor to him. It's quite telling that Robby is much more upset about feeling that he has failed in this goal than the fact that he lost the final of the tournament.
  • Shadow Archetype: He becomes this to Robby by the end of the season. It's only in seeing how far Kenny has been corrupted by Cobra Kai's teachings that Robby sees how far he too has fallen.
    Robby: But when I saw him today, it was like looking in a mirror, and I realised I screwed everything up.
  • Sibling Yin-Yang: Kenny's personality starts off as the exact opposite of his brother Shawn's, which Robby even lampshades. Unlike Shawn, who's a very vocal and intimidating bully, Kenny is a quiet and meek kid who is content to mind his own business and play on his computer. Unfortunately, this winds up being viciously subverted by the end of the season as Cobra Kai has warped Kenny into being a bully very similar to his brother. It's also noticeably chilling that like Shawn, Kenny also has a Suddenly Shouting moment that firmly establishes his character as a vicious bully.
  • Slasher Smile: Gives a pretty epic one to Anthony that signifies that he's become fully corrupted into a bully by Kreese and Silver's philosophy.
  • Suddenly Shouting: Has this as part of a Rejected Apology with Anthony after he finally goes off the deep end and fully embraces The Cobra Kai creed.
    Kenny: Then you wouldn't know. Because no one's ever been such as piece of SHIT TO YOU!!!
  • Tag Along Kid: Since he has no friends his own age, he hangs out with Robby and the other high school aged Cobra Kai students.
  • Took a Level in Jerkass: Over the course of Season 4, Kenny becomes an overly ruthless and rage-filled bully to seek revenge on Anthony. Robby is not happy about this in the slightest.
  • Used to Be a Sweet Kid: Kenny is the latest in the long line of nice but geeky kids who turned to Cobra Kai to learn how to stand up to their bullies. But their methodologies morphed them into being overly aggressive.
  • Vitriolic Best Buds: Has sort of this dynamic with Kyler. Even after Kenny proves himself to be worthy of the dojo (and that was after punching Kyler in the face after the latter mocks him for his cowardice), Kyler continues to haze him by using him as a bus boy at the drive-in theater. However, they do act civil to each other at the dojo, and upon Cobra Kai's victory, are seen celebrating together when Terry Silver makes his speech.

    Piper Elswith 

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"We should do that again sometime."
Played by: Selah Austria
Appearances: Cobra Kai

"Y’know, Robby says that Miyagi-Do is for defense only. Without your defense, you have nothing!"

An athletic student at West Valley High School who is first introduced as Moon's new girlfriend. She later joins Cobra Kai despite Johnny's efforts to recruit her.


  • Ascended Extra: Appeared only as Moon’s new girlfriend in one episode in Season 2. Then she returned to join Cobra Kai as it expanded its ranks to fill the All Valley's new female championship division.
  • Birds of a Feather: It's no wonder she dated Moon, as the two are both cheerful, friendly girls who care deeply about social issues and want everyone to get along, while occasionally being a Horrible Judge of Character and not realizing that their friends are bullies.
  • Chuck Cunningham Syndrome: Subverted. She's completely absent and not mentioned in Season 3 after her introduction at the end of Season 2, despite only two weeks having passed In-Universe, which would probably lead viewers to assume she was nothing more than a Girl of the Week for Moon. Then, she returns in Season 4 and plays a much more important role.
  • Dance Battler: She utilizes her gymnastics skills in battle to dodge attacks and move around her opponents.
    Tory: You just gonna dance around or are you going to throw something?
    Piper: Why not both?
  • Defeat Means Friendship: Doesn’t take Tory’s aggression personally and even mildly flirts with her after losing their sparring match, saying they should do that again sometime. They are later seen hanging together at school. Even though Tory told her not to count on it.
  • Horrible Judge of Character: Doesn’t actually seem to be a bad person herself but she joins Cobra Kai, looks up to Terry Silver, and pals around with Kyler.
  • Informed Attribute: When pitching her as a possible Eagle Fang recruit to Miguel and Johnny, Moon describes her as aggressive in order to foreshadow her eventually joining Cobra Kai. But said aggression is never really seen.
  • Instant Expert: She had roughly the same amount of time to train as Devon Lee and yet was able to make it to the quarter-finals at the All-Valley and give Sam (who probably has more karate experience than any other student between the dojos) a good fight. This is somewhat mitigated by the fact that Piper was already quite athletic and a skilled gymnast before joining Cobra Kai.
  • Irony: Despite being a woke feminist, she joins a dojo under two politically incorrect senseis. And this is after Johnny tries to persuade her to join Eagle Fang by presenting himself as woke supporter.
  • Nice Girl: Much like Moon, she's always got a smile on her face and wants everyone to get along.
  • Nice Job Fixing It, Villain: She taunts Sam about how her defense-only Miyagi-Do style makes her too predictable in their match at the All-Valley, which inspires Sam to break out some moves she learned from Johnny and defeat her.
  • Obliviously Evil: She only joins Cobra Kai because of their cool merchandise and remains as nice as she ever was after joining, being blissfully unaware of how corrupt the philosophy is, and how unhinged her senseis are.
  • Token Good Teammate: She’s the only member of Cobra Kai who isn’t driven by vengeance or sadism. The worst thing she does is a bit of light Trash Talk with Sam during their match and compared to everyone else (including Sam herself), that’s basically nothing.
  • Trash Talk: When she fights Sam in the All Valley, Piper disses her karate style for (supposedly) being all-defense. This backfires though as it inspires Sam to switch up her style with some of the offense she learned from Johnny.

    Edwin 

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"Do it Hawk!"
Played by: A.J. Hicks
Appearances: Cobra Kai

"What a loser!"

A long-time Cobra Kai student who joined after Miguel's beatdown of Kyler. Even under new management, he still remains loyal to the dojo.


  • The Generic Guy: He's basically just an extra who serves as a Mook for Cobra Kai.
  • Hidden Depths: He looks to be a very skilled hip-hop dancer, given the moves that he shows off during Moon's party.
  • Motive Decay: He was one of the many kids who were inspired to join Cobra Kai after watching Miguel beat up Kyler in season 1. Come season 3, he’s fully aligned with Kyler himself and against Miguel as part of Kreese's Cobra Kai.
  • Nice Job Fixing It, Villain: He helps Hawk trash the Miyagi dojo, which inspires a bunch of people to leave Cobra Kai for Miyagi-Do.
  • Those Two Guys: He's rarely seen without his friend, Big Red.
  • Undying Loyalty: To the Cobra Kai dojo itself. Him and Dieter are the only students that were part of Johnny's original batch of students in Season 1 still left at Cobra Kai by the end of Season 4 after Kreese and Silver had taken over. Unbelievably, after everything that's gone down, they still haven't called it quits and left yet.
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    Big Red 

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Played by: Christopher Ryan Lewis
Appearances: Cobra Kai

A veteran Cobra Kai student who joined after the dojo wins the All-Valley. Even under new management, he still remains loyal.


  • Cain and Abel: After Cobra Kai's Face–Heel Turn, he becomes the Cain to Lil' Red's Abel.
  • Evil Redhead: More edgy than evil, but he is a redhead who is part of a group of bullies that are loyal to a deranged, violent sensei.
  • Nice Job Fixing It, Villain: He helps Hawk trash the Miyagi dojo, which inspires a bunch of people (his own brother included) to leave Cobra Kai for Miyagi-Do.
  • Only Known by Their Nickname: Everyone calls him Big Red, in and out of universe, and his real name has not been revealed. However as revealed by Counselor Blatt during the aftermath of the soccer fight, his last name could be Caldwell or Johnson.
  • Sibling Rivalry: The dojo rivalry sets him and his brother Lil' Red against each other when Lil' Red abandons Cobra Kai for Miyagi-Do after Hawk, with Big Red's help, trashes the Miyagi dojo. Of course, you probably wouldn't know this just from watching the show.
  • Those Two Guys: He's rarely seen without his friend, Edwin.
  • You Have GOT to Be Kidding Me!: He is seen shaking his head after his younger brother defects to Miyagi-Do.

    Dieter 
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Played by: Craig Borduin
Appearances: Cobra Kai

A long-time Cobra Kai student who joined after Miguel's beatdown of Kyler. Even under new management, he still remains loyal to the dojo.


  • The Generic Guy: He's basically just an extra who serves as a Mook for Cobra Kai.
  • Hidden Depths: He happily welcomes Stingray back into Cobra Kai and is shocked when Kreese immediately kicks him out.
  • Irony:
    • Also counts as Motive Decay and Took a Level in Jerkass. He was one of the many kids who were inspired to join Cobra Kai after watching Miguel beat up Kyler in season 1. Come season 3, he’s palling around with Kyler while he bullies Demetri.
    • He's also seen cheering on Hawk and Miguel against Robby in the All-Valley tournament. By the end of Season 3, Dieter remains in Cobra Kai after Miguel and Hawk defects, with Robby to root for in the All-Valley.
  • Undying Loyalty: To the Cobra Kai dojo itself. Him and Edwin are the only students that were part of Johnny's original batch of students in Season 1 still left at Cobra Kai by the end of Season 4 after Kreese and Silver had taken over. Unbelievably, after everything that's gone down, they still haven't called it quits and left yet.

    Rob 

Played by: Chance Dollard
Appearances: Cobra Kai

One of Kreese’s more athletic recruits that joined in season 3.


Former Sensei in the 21st Century

    Johnny Lawrence 
See Johnny's character page here.

Former Students in the 21st Century

    Aisha Robinson 
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"No mercy, bitch!"
Played by: Nichole La'net Brown
Appearances: Cobra Kai

"I set my own terms. Set yours."

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


  • Acrofatic: Despite appearances, Aisha is deceptively quick and tends to floor people who underestimate her. It should be noted that she's swift for her size. . . against someone significantly smaller and focused on maximizing their speed and agility, she struggles.
  • Action Girl: Aisha was already somewhat physically capable even before training, and she quickly takes to Cobra Kai training.
  • Badass Bookworm: A smart girl with a love of chemistry and robotics and a vicious fighter with a natural inclination for violence.
  • Beware the Nice Ones: She starts out a meek geek who is rather shy and pretty amiable to everyone; her first day at Cobra Kai sees her effortlessly flooring Miguel.
    Johnny: The girl's a natural Cobra.
  • Black and Nerdy: Daniel said she attended Robotics Camp over the summer, and she wants to go as sodium chloride for Halloween.
  • Boring, but Practical: Her fighting style in the tournament is all about patiently absorbing strikes and waiting for her opponent to open up or tire out, at which point she'll end the match in one or two quick, decisive blows.
  • The Bus Came Back: Aisha briefly returns in season 4, episode 6, when Sam visits her to discuss the situation with Tory.
  • The Dog Bites Back: Aisha is the target for Yasmine's bullying, and she ends up getting some pretty powerful revenge, hijacking her beach party with a preemptive party of her own, and unleashing a wedgie on her.
  • Don't You Dare Pity Me!: Subverted. Aisha initially brushes off Sam's compliments after the former loses in the All Valley Under-18 Karate Championship, but the two quickly make up after Sam apologizes for associating herself with the likes of Yasmine in the first place.
  • Earn Your Happy Ending: Season 4 reveals that Aisha has become the first character to exit the series on a happy note. She's used the confidence she learned from Johnny to make a new life for herself away from all the karate drama, manages to make friends with her new school's Alpha Bitch rather than be a bullying victim again, and even finally reconciles with Sam.
  • Embarrassing Nickname: After Yasmine posts a pig meme of Aisha during the Halloween party, students from all over the school mock her with not only pig snorting, but also condescending pig nicknames.
  • Formerly Fat: Zigzagged. She's noticeably thinner in Season 2 due to her training in Cobra Kai, but in Season 4 she appears to have gained her old weight back since she's no longer doing karate.
  • Genius Bruiser: Of all the Cobra Kai students, Aisha's fighting approach is the most technically-inclined and composed: she maintains a steady defense while patiently observing and waiting for her opponent to falter or open themselves up before swiftly going in full force and end the fight in one or two strikes.
  • The Heart: For Cobra Kai in the first two seasons. She gives Miguel advice on his relationship with Sam and comforts him when it doesn't work out, tries to maintain a Friendly Enemy dynamic with Sam in the midst of the dojo rivalry and is generally a Token Good Teammate to Cobra Kai when they start to succumb to He Who Fights Monsters. She's also the only person in the dojo who tries to break up the school brawl in the Season 2 finale instead of egging it on.
  • Last-Name Basis: As opposed to the other students and as a Call-Back to the original Cobra Kai, Johnny exclusively calls her "Miss Robinson". This appears to be a sign of respect, as Johnny tends to give the students demeaning nicknames at first (and "badass" nicknames if they earn them, like Hawk) — unless he's being completely formal (chewing his students out for dirty tricks after the tournament, for example), the only two he routinely addresses this way are Miss Robinson... and Mr. Diaz. Although it could just be that while Johnny is fine offhandedly demeaning women, he isn't really comfortable doing it on an everyday face-to-face basis.
  • Like Parent, Like Child: Her father's a powerful professional football player, and Aisha takes after him in terms of her size and strength.
  • Mighty Glacier: She is quite resilient and can lay down a world of hurt. However, she prefers a more technical and pragmatic approach to fighting (see Stone Wall below). That said, Aisha is surprisingly swift for her size, but again chooses to reserve her speed for quick strikes rather than outpacing her opponent.
  • Morality Pet: Downplayed. Aisha is one of the few people Tory treats decently, and the two establish a genuine friendship. However, Aisha is powerless to prevent any of Tory's most destructive actions like attacking Sam and starting the school brawl.
  • Not So Above It All: Aisha attempts to break up Tory and Sam's fight when it escalates into a school-wide brawl. However, when a Miyagi-Do student interferes by mistake, she gets enraged and joins in the fight.
  • Out of Focus: Aisha has less to do in Season 2 and is absent in Season 3 partially because the writers "couldn't find a place" for her in the story.
  • Put on a Bus: Aisha does not appear in Season 3, as her parents decided to move away and send her to a private school after the brawl. In season 4, episode 6, it's revealed she and her family moved to Santa Barbara, which had a lot to do with the brawl, but also because her father took a new job at the local university.
  • Shadow Archetype: Aisha represents the old, nerdy interests that Sam is rejecting in her attempts to join the popular crowd. Although Sam ultimately realizes her mistake in associating with the likes of Yasmine and apologizes to Aisha for pushing her away, the two never fully reconcile, indicating that Sam will never quite be the same person she was.
  • Shipper on Deck: Downplayed. Her resentment towards Sam for associating with Yasmine prevents her from fully being this for Miguel and Sam. However, she still gives Miguel advice about Sam's interests, and seems genuinely disappointed when things don't work out for them.
  • The Smart Guy: Most academically-inclined of Cobra Kai's star students. She's also the one who Johnny puts in charge of filming and uploading the dojo's new commercial.
  • The Smurfette Principle: She's the only girl in Johnny's Cobra Kai and suggests Sam join so she wouldn't be alone. In Season 2, she is no longer the only girl in the dojo after Tory joins, and they become fast friends.
  • Sore Loser: Aisha tells Stone to go "eat shit" after she is defeated by him.
    Stone: Sorry.
    Aisha: Eat shit, asshole.
  • Stone Wall: Aisha is primarily a defensive fighter, who lets her opponents wear themselves down on her expertly executed defenses. When her opponent slows down, overextends, or makes a mistake, she strikes swiftly and decisively, often ending fights in one or two blows. It's quite telling that the only time she is seen losing a fight is during the All-Valley Tournament, when Johnny pushes her towards a more aggressive moveset.
  • Stout Strength: Although Aisha is often bullied for her overweight appearance (most often thanks to Yasmine), she is arguably Cobra Kai's second-best student after Miguel. She made it into the top 8 of the All Valley Under-18 Karate Championship and was narrowly defeated by Stone, All Valley's current karate champ. The rawest example of Aisha's strength was during the canyon party, where she is shown to be perfectly capable of lifting her longtime tormentor Yasmine off her feet, one-handed, by her panties.
  • Tell Me How You Fight: Aisha deals with her opponents on the mat in the same way she handles bullies at school: She turtles and soaks hits until her opponent slips up, then she pounces on that mistake and deals one or two swift, decisive blows. Victory by Endurance at its finest!
  • Took a Level in Badass: She went from a meek, overweight girl to becoming an assertive (and toned) powerhouse. However, this also leads her to...
  • Took a Level in Jerkass: After joining Cobra Kai, Aisha becomes more aggressive, vulgar, and spiteful overall. However, she still remains Cobra Kai’s Token Good Teammate, and upon her re-introduction in Season 4, becomes an overall better person after moving to a new school.
  • Token Good Teammate: Zig-zagged throughout the series.
    • Season 1: Even if she can be quite ruthless when dealing with her opponents and bullies (as Yasmine found out the hard way), she serves as this for the Cobra Kai. Aisha is the one who attempts to put the brakes on Miguel's Crazy Jealous Guy tendencies with Sam, and even speaks highly of her sensei's nemesis, Daniel LaRusso, encouraging Miguel to talk to him. Aisha also shows nervousness with how much Miguel is drinking during the party. She forgives Moon after the girl gives a simple, yet sincere, apology to Aisha for teasing her in the past. She even manages to rebuild her relationship with Sam, saying, "We could definitely use another girl out there".
    • Season 2: By the end of Season 2, Aisha has become more accepting of Cobra Kai's aggressive principles. She threatens Chris and Robby at Moon's party, and when the final brawl breaks out at school, while she at least tries to break up the fight between Tory and Sam, she doesn't hesitate to wade into the brawl herself when a Miyagi-Do fighter blocks her. With that said, when Kreese takes over Cobra Kai, Aisha is not among the students practicing, nor does she ever behave violently towards Sam despite how their Rival Dojos are widening the rift between them.
  • We Used to Be Friends: Towards Sam, to the point she spitefully refers to her alleged promiscuity. Though they finally reconciled in the Season 1 finale, Season 2 shows that there may be conflicts in their friendship again now that their alliances are clear.
  • What Happened to the Mouse?: The last we see of her, she's brawling with one of the Miyagi-do students after he stops her from breaking up the fight between Sam and Tory. Thus the audience never learns how she reacts to Miguel's injury and why she didn't join the others in pledging their allegiance to Kreese when he takes over Cobra Kai.
    • Discussed in Season 3 when we find out her parents sold their house, moved away, and enrolled Aisha in private school.
    • However, subverted in Season 4 where she finally catches up with Sam after the latter seeks her for advice.

    Raymond/Stingray 
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"I am here to kick some ass, sir!"
Appearances: Cobra Kai

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

  • Acrofatic: After months of training, he displays some pretty solid moves in the final brawl, using his weight to his advantage in manhandling the Miyagi-Do kids who get in his way. During his prom afterparty in Season 4, Stingray does the same to his irate neighbor when he tries to call the cops.
  • Animal Motif: He adopts the motif of a stingray at Coyote Creek, underscoring how they lie and wait for an opportune moment to attack.
  • Basement-Dweller: Still lives with his mother (and later sister) and has no intention of changing that.
  • Brilliant, but Lazy: He shows a surprising capability in a lot of aspects of his life. After flipping the script, he manages to beat Miguel in the Coyote Creek exercise and prove himself to be a very formidable fighter (as shown in the high school brawl where he beats up the Miyagi-Do students without getting a single hit). He also won the attention of a very attractive girl. He can at least maintain a professional attitude when he was interviewing for the security guard position. His main problem (indeed, his Fatal Flaw) is he tries to live like he's in his teens or early 20's rather than take more responsibility in his life which prevents him from reaching his full potential.
  • Character Development: Negative development, mind you. He's at his most annoying in his first appearance, but after that, he's much more tolerable. When he wins the Red vs Black challenge as Stingray, the other Cobras seem to accept him as one of their own, and no one seems annoyed by him anymore. Season 4 however shows that if anything his time in Cobra Kai had made him even worse of an individual; his assault on the Miyagi-Do students in the school brawl had gotten him arrested and put on probation, yet this experience did nothing to humble him. In Stingray's mind, that showed how much he's willing to endure for Cobra Kai and that Kreese should be thanking him for "defending" the dojo's honor. When Kreese completely rejects him from rejoining Cobra Kai, a distraught Stingray still clung to his place with the dojo and goes to desperate lengths to return to it — including getting the man that rejected him falsely imprisoned.
  • Comic Relief: After Season 2's Darker and Edgier tone, most of Raymond's appearances are funny... at first.
  • Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass: During the Coyote Creek exercise, he manages to get the drop on Miguel by hiding in the leaves, and wins the competition for his team.
  • Deal with the Devil: He makes a symbolic one with Terry Silver, who exploited Stingray's desperation to rejoin Cobra Kai by brutally assaulting him and have him frame Kreese for the crime.
  • Embarrassing Nickname: The other Cobra Kais, especially Kreese and Johnny, call him "Chubs" until he rebrands himself as Stingray. His neighbor Greg later gives him the nickname "Stinkray".
  • Fat Idiot: Somehow he believed he can land a position as a security guard at West Valley High without the proper certification or any relevant experience and that the job gave him free rein to assault the students rather than actually restrain them (not to mention that he only specifically targeted Miyagi-Do students during the Season 2 school brawl). Season 4 reveals that this experience and his subsequent arrest had done nothing to humble him. When he later tries to rejoin Cobra Kai, Kreese makes it unabashedly clear that he was no longer welcome but Raymond deludes himself that this was a Secret Test of Character.
  • Foolish Sibling, Responsible Sibling: Although we don't see her, it is suggested that Stingray's sister is more sensible than he is given that she's well-off and has a house of her own. Stingray, meanwhile, just seems to settle with squatting at said house while continuing to act as a disruptive nuisance and refusing to get a job.
  • The Friend Nobody Likes: At first, nobody in the main cast really likes him — the students due to the age gap, Johnny and Kreese due to his immaturity and excessive fanboying. When he announces he's "flipping the script" and now answers to "Stingray", even Hawk looks embarrassed for him. This changes after he wins the Coyote Creek challenge for his team. After that, both Bert and Hawk are happy to see him in the following episodes. However...
  • Hated by All: Stingray's Manchild antics are not thought highly of by many. While some of the Cobra Kai students come around to him, it's also apparent that he's not exactly missed either after he gets arrested for taking part in the Season 2 brawl. Doubly so when he finally does return in Season 4 and he's hated by his neighbors for being a leech who mooches off his family and refuses to get a job. When Stingray tries to rejoin the dojo, Kreese refuses to let him back in and calls him a joke, in which none of the students (not even the few that were cool with seeing him again) come to his defense or vouch for him to return. The teens only tolerate him because he lent them his family's house for their prom afterparty.
  • Hollywood Restraining Order: According to the school's principals, after the school brawl, he was forbidden by the court from coming within 500 feet of any child, or from participating in any activity involving children. He's off it by Season 4.
  • I Just Want to Be Special: Stingray borders on a This Loser Is You type of character, being an adult who "grew up" watching the original tournaments and desperately wants to project himself into the story. Rather than taking responsibility for his failing personal life, Stingray is convinced that being part of Cobra Kai will make up for all of his shortcomings.
  • Ignored Aesop: Season 4 makes it clear Stingray has learned absolutely nothing from his experiences, as he brushes off every adult who tells him what a pathetic loser he is for being jobless and hanging out with teenagers and his first move after his probation ends is to try to rejoin Cobra Kai.
  • Intergenerational Friendship: Deconstructed. As Greg tells the teenagers, the reason Stingray hangs out with them is because he's a loser who can't make any friends his own age because they all recognize him as such.
  • Karma Houdini Warranty:
    • He doesn't get any repercussions for his actions in the school brawl... until the beginning of Season 3 reveals that he was arrested for assaulting minors.
    • Karma comes back to bite him again in Season 4 when he receives a No-Holds-Barred Beatdown at the hands of Terry Silver which puts him in the hospital.
  • Laser-Guided Karma:
    • His actions in the school brawl led to him being arrested for assaulting minors and forbidden to be near any children, costing him his membership in Cobra Kai.
    • When Raymond throws a big house party for the West Valley High prom-goers, he confronted by his neighbor Greg for this legitimate disturbance and he assaults him when he attempts to call the police. Thinking this had won back the favor of the Cobra Kai students, Raymond arrogantly returns to the dojo for another chance at rejoining, which leads him to receiving a No-Holds-Barred Beatdown from a drunken Silver.
  • Letting the Air Out of the Band: When he reveals his new identity as "Stingray", there's an epic rock tune in the background. When Johnny shrugs him off, the song flattens.
  • Manchild: Despite being an adult, he lives with his mom and is utterly unashamed of that. He also has no issues with hanging out solely with a bunch of teenagers. Deconstructed when he participates in the school brawl with his teammates and winds up in big trouble for attacking a bunch of minors.
  • Mirror Character: To Johnny Lawrence. Like Johnny, Stingray is a Disco Dan stuck in the 80s with an obsession with karate who mooches off a rich parent (step-parent in Johnny's case). However, while Johnny is able to channel these qualities into something worthwhile by becoming a sensei, Stingray is a Manchild with nothing better to do than take karate lessons with a bunch of teenagers (and even they think he's a loser). Johnny hated having to rely on Sid and happily broke ties once he had a stable living with Cobra Kai, Stingray is content to remain a deadbeat and panics at the idea of his privilege being put at risk. Both are also guilty of assaulting minors, but while Johnny had the excuse of having had a very bad day and being provoked, Raymond clearly just wanted to get in on the school fight.
  • NEET: By Season 4, now out of jail, Stingray seems to have settled for squatting at his family's home while refusing to get a job. His only goal seemed to be to get back in Cobra Kai.
  • No Social Skills: Played with. From his first appearance onward, his mannerisms and uncontrollable enthusiasm are very "fanboyish". But in the last episode of Season 2, he smooth-talks his way into a security job at the school despite the principal's awareness that he has no relevant experience.
  • One of the Kids: Before he joined Cobra Kai, Raymond was already quite immature but he had at least been willing to work a job and seemed to be putting some effort (albeit rather feeble) to make his life better. By Season 4, he's now a complete deadbeat (not to mention a complete nuisance of a neighbor) with no aspirations beyond rejoining Cobra Kai and being with his "peers".
  • Put on a Bus: Is nowhere to be seen in Season 3. Justified, as after assaulting minors in the school fight, he landed himself in trouble with the law and is no longer allowed within 500 feet of any minor. He later reappears in Season 4.
  • Screw the Rules, I Have Money!: He is the only adult in the Cobra Kai teen classes, but Johnny lets that slide as living with his parents leaves him with tons of cash to burn on lessons and dojo swag.
  • Selective Obliviousness: He is completely unable to comprehend that no one at Cobra Kai actually likes him and they're fine with him not being around. Even when Kreese tells him to his face that he's a joke, has no value to the dojo, and isn't allowed to rejoin, Stingray decides that this is some Secret Test of Character.
  • Small Name, Big Ego: He spends his entire job interview at West Valley talking up his karate prowess and achievements to the principal, such as winning the Coyote Creek challenge (which is something that any person in the community can't care less about), in which he defeated a single teenager by sneak attacking him from behind, and the fact that he has almost reached yellow belt status, which makes him barely better than a complete beginner.
    Stingray: I don't have any actual experience per say, but I just recently won the Black vs. Red Challenge at Coyote Creek, no big deal...except for the karate community, it's a very big deal. My sensei's been very pleased with my progress and I think in time you will see a yellow belt strapped around my mid-section.
  • Spanner in the Works: Him being the victim of Terry Silver’s No-Holds-Barred Beatdown is what leads to the events of Kreese being arrested and Silver taking over as the show’s Big Bad after the latter manipulates him into having Kreese take the blame for it.
  • Straw Loser: Stingray gets introduced into the series around the time that Johnny is taking more measures to repair his personal life and he shows just how bad Johnny could have actually gotten.
  • Token Adult: Raymond was Cobra Kai's sole adult student, but his interactions with his younger cohorts really only further exacerbate his Manchild disposition and he himself doesn't offer them any insight on the responsibilities or expectations of adulthood.
  • Took a Level in Jerkass: He singles out and assaults younger Miyagi-Do students as a security guard for West Valley (hi-fiving Hawk and generally ignoring the Cobra Kai students while doing so) and stays with Kreese after he takes over Cobra Kai. Season 4 further shows that he's content with just freeloading off his sister when back in Season 2 Raymond was at least willing to work while living with his mother.
  • Unwitting Instigator of Doom: Stingray goes along with Terry Silver plot to overthrow Kreese, despite being beaten so bad by Silver that he ended up in the Hospital. All because he was promised by Silver that he would be allowed back in Cobra Kai.
  • Unwitting Pawn: Becomes this to Terry Silver after the latter beats him to a pulp and convinces him to have Kreese take the blame for it.
  • Would Hurt a Child: Zig-zagged. He doesn't hesitate to beat up kids from Miyagi-Do during the school brawl, but consider that those kids are trained martial artists, so it would make sense for another trained martial artist to subdue them. However, even security guards actually trained to handle large riots use grapples, joint locks, and pins (not strikes) to subdue violent or uncooperative people, and Stingray only targets the Miyagi-Do kids, and specifically leaves the Cobra Kai kids alone.

    Doug Rickenberger 

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"Yo, Hawk, free shot!"

Played by: John Cihangir
Appearances: Cobra Kai

"Come on, bitch! Let's go!"

One of two guys who accompany Hawk and his gang.


  • Ax-Crazy: Despite being a minor character, his limited screen time shows that he's just as blood-thirsty as Tory. During group fights he’s constantly sporting a Slasher Smile. He assaults a teacher who was trying to break up the school brawl, even shocking Hawk. He takes a frying pan to the face at the LaRussos’ house and only wants more violence. Finally, as he’s beating on Demetri with the help of another student, he even laughs as he says “Free shots", to urge Hawk into re-breaking Demetri’s arm.
  • Blood Knight: His reaction to Chris hitting him with a frying pan is to laugh and tell Chris to Bring It.
  • Boss in Mook Clothing: Doug might come across as just another Cobra Kai Mook among the students, but if you actually keep track of him during his fights, he is shown to be a very formidable martial artist. During the big school brawl in the Season 2 finale, he usually had the advantage over most of the Miyagi-Do students he fought, and ultimately had to be taken down by Robby. In Season 3, he was able to best Chris during the laser tag fight and in the Season 3 finale, granted with help from Mitch and Tory, respectively. The guy would later subdue Demetri with an arm-lock. He clearly would have been able to beat Demetri had Hawk not come to his friend's rescue.
  • Dumb Jock: In contrast to Hawk, Rickenberger completely fails to understand the purpose of Kreese's lesson on "fighting smart", and even accuses Hawk of cheating when he takes the exact outside-the-box approach Kreese was hoping for.
  • Elite Mooks: He is mostly just there to serve as Hawk's and/or Tory's henchman and is usually defeated by one of Miyagi-Do's top students, Robby or Sam, throughout Season 2. However, he is able to dominate in a fight against Miyagi-Do's more intermediate-level students, the likes of Demetri and Chris, in Season 3. His performance indicates that he is stronger than the average Cobra Kai student, but still weaker than the "top students".
  • Hidden Depths: Though he may seem like just an Ax-Crazy maniac, Rickenberger shows a surprising amount of loyalty to his teammates, and is a clear team player in brawls. In the school brawl, he attempts to help Tory by going after Robby, and actually shows concern for her safety, as he can be heard saying "Hey let her go!" before he's kicked back. He also helps Miguel get to the fighting Tory and Sam by trying to stop Robby alongside Mikey, even though he knows Miguel is most likely trying to break the fight up rather than egg it on. In Season 3, he comes to the aid of Mitch when he's in trouble against Chris in the laser tag fight, and offers Hawk a "free shot" on Demetri in the home invasion, showing an awareness of their personal rivalry.
  • Hoist by His Own Petard: Offers Hawk a free shot at Demetri in the Season 3 finale. Hawk ends up taking his free shot at Doug instead.
  • Karma Houdini: He’s the one who assaults a teacher during the brawl but only got off with being suspended.
    • Since he left Cobra Kai at the end of season 3 and the La Russos refusing to press charges, means he'll never be punished for the hose invasion either. This means he gets away with everything he did.
  • Know When to Fold 'Em: Downplayed in the home invasion. While he keeps fighting after Hawk tosses him into a table, he knows he has no chance against him and resolves to fight against Mitch instead. He then quits Cobra Kai after the fight is over.
  • Made of Iron: Doug can actually take some serious punishment and still keep fighting. During the Season 3 finale, he laughs off Chris striking him over the head with a frying pan. Afterward, he is thrown into a glass table by Hawk, but gets back up to attack Mitch, and it takes a tag-team effort by Mitch and Chris to put him down.note 
  • Not-So-Harmless Villain: Throughout Season 2 he would frequently lose to Miyagi-Do's top students, like Robby and Sam, whenever the rivaling dojos get into a fight, giving the audience the impression that he is just another Cobra Kai Mook. Although during the Season 2 finale, he brazenly assaults a teacher. Throughout Season 3, he actually proves himself to be a Boss in Mook Clothing.
  • Put on a Bus: He's implied to be one of the Cobra Kai members who quit the dojo after their embarassing defeat in the fight at the LaRusso house.
  • Slasher Smile: Even in background shots, he pretty much has one stamped on his face until he gets trounced.
  • Those Two Guys: In Season 2 he was always seen standing side-by-side with Mikey as part of Hawk's posse. Most visible in the mall and school brawl against Robby.

    Mikey Miller 

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"Do it, pussy!"

Played by: Chris Schmidt Jr.
Appearances: Cobra Kai

"What the hell?"

One of two guys who accompany Hawk and his gang.


  • Alliterative Name: As revealed in the script, his full name is Mikey Miller.
  • All There in the Manual: Unlike Doug Rickenberger, who’s frequently referred to by his last name, Mikey’s last name is only mentioned in the script of episode 4 from season 3, where Counselor Blatt refers to Hawk, Rickenberger and Mikey by their last names.
  • Butt-Monkey: He's always shown having some misfortune happen to him whenever he's on screen. Normally getting beaten in a fight, and once having dirt kicked into his face by Johnny when kicking a pot in the commercial he was making in Season 2. Most recently being slammed headfirst into the table by Miguel in the Season 3 finale.
  • The Chew Toy: He’s just there as a punching bag for other characters, even when he’s fighting other Mooks, he seems to be either evenly matched or losing.
  • Elite Mooks: Like Doug, he is mostly just there to serve as Hawk's and/or Tory's henchman, but he can actually put up a pretty evenly matched fight against one of Miyagi-Do's more intermediate-level students, making him stand out more than the average student. But would still repeatedly lose to one of the "top students".
  • The Generic Guy: Much like Jimmy from the OG Cobra Kai, he isn't given any significant lines or actions.
  • Ineffectual Sympathetic Villain: He’s constantly taking hits and seems to never get a win against any character.
  • Iron Butt Monkey: He may get beaten a lot but he always gets back up and gives a good fight to whoever ends up beating him. He may go down but he never goes down easy.
  • Irony: He attacks Miguel alongside Kyler without hesitation during the house brawl even though Miguel defeating Kyler in the cafeteria back in Season 1 is what inspired him to join Cobra Kai in the first place.
  • Motive Decay: He was one of the many kids who were inspired to join Cobra Kai after watching Miguel beat up Kyler in season 1. Come season 3, he’s fully aligned with Kyler himself and against Miguel as part of Kreese's Cobra Kai. Heck, he even incredulously attacks Miguel without hesitation alongside Kyler during the house fight.
  • Offscreen Moment of Awesome: While not exactly awesome he was able to successfully defend his spot in CK by defeating a potiential new recruit.
  • Oh, Crap!: Has a brief reaction like this when he encounters Miguel and Tory during the Coyote Creek challenge. Despite trying to put up a fight, it does not end well for him.
  • Pint-Sized Powerhouse: He's the shortest of the Cobra Kais, but just as strong as them.
  • Put on a Bus: He's implied to be one of the Cobra Kai members who quit the dojo after their embarassing defeat in the fight at the LaRusso house.
  • Those Two Guys: In Season 2 he was mostly seen side-by-side with Doug.

    Paul 

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Played by: Thomas Patrick Ryan Watson
Appearances: Cobra Kai


    Tim 
Played by: Gabe Bowles
Appearances: Cobra Kai


  • Butt-Monkey: He's given an Embarrassing Nickname and constantly made fun of by Johnny and is the first Cobra Kai student to get punched in the face by Aisha.
  • Chuck Cunningham Syndrome: He's one of the more memorable background Cobra Kai members in the first season, but vanishes without a trace about halfway through Season 2. It's unclear if he left Cobra Kai, was kicked out or disappeared for some other reason.
  • Embarrassing Nickname: Johnny nicknames him "Virgin" when he joins Cobra Kai.
  • This Is Gonna Suck: He has a very weary look on his face when Aisha prepares to punch him in the face on Johnny's instructions.

    Miguel Diaz 

    Eli "Hawk" Moskowitz 
See Eli's character page here

    Mitch 

    Bert 

    Dirk 

    Chris 

    Nathaniel 

    Abe 

    Lil' Red 

    Frank 

Kreese's Students in the 1980s

    Johnny Lawrence 
See Johnny's character page here.

    Bobby Brown 
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"How many times do I have to tell you? I'm not a priest."
Played by: Ron Thomas
"You gotta remember, you don't do the right thing because it always works out, you do the right thing because it's the right thing to do."

The least vicious of Johnny's original Cobra Kai gang, Bobby was the only one who ever expressed concern that their harassment of Daniel was going too far. Now he is a Christian pastor who has left the Cobra Kai way far behind.


  • Always Second Best: Zigzagged. Many supplementary material have shown that while he remained Johnny's inferior for most of his time in Cobra Kai under Kreese, Bobby was still possibly stronger and there was a chance that he could have surpassed his fellow student.
  • Apologetic Attacker:
    • After injuring Daniel’s leg during their match on Kreese’s orders, he profusely apologizes, never having wanted to do it in the first place.
    • He prays to God for forgiveness before leg sweeping a drunken Johnny for making a scene in church mid-sermon.
    "Forgive me, Father."
  • Arrogant Kung-Fu Guy: Averted and it makes him the odd man out in the dojo.
  • Badass Preacher: He may be a pastor now (and who knows how long out of training), but the bar brawl shows he can still use his Cobra Kai training to kick ass when necessary.
  • Brutal Honesty: He's not afraid to call bullshit on Johnny's claims that Kreese has genuinely turned his ways around for the better.
  • Cassandra Truth: He and Jimmy attempt to warn Johnny of the threat Kreese poses now that he's involved with the new Cobra Kai. Johnny ignores their warnings, however, adamantly believing that his former sensei can get out of his old ways and change for the better. Tragically, the OG Cobras turn out to be right.
    Bobby: John Kreese is bad news. All that crap we dealt with after high school, taking that "no mercy" bullshit out into the world.
  • Christianity Is Catholic: Subverted and lampshaded. He reminds the others that he's a pastor, not a priest.
  • Former Teen Rebel: Much to his embarrassment, a drunk Johnny tells Bobby's congregation about some of his exploits in their younger years such as drinking, partying, and sexual conquests.
  • Horrible Judge of Character: Zig-Zagged. He's right on the money when he tells Johnny that Kreese is bad news. However, when Johnny later comes to him after the school brawl has left Miguel paralyzed, Bobby suggests Johnny ask Sid for some money to help the kid out. Johnny is understandably skeptical of the idea and is later proven right. Justified, however, since Bobby has first hand knowledge of just how bad Kreese is but doesn't have the same kind of knowledge about Sid.
  • Innocent Beta Bitch: A bastard version. While he did terrorize Daniel with the other Cobra Kai students, he did had limits. He tried to dissuade Johnny from continuing his beating on Daniel at the Halloween party. He was also against attacking Daniel's leg and desperately apologized when he did it.
  • Kid Has a Point: Bobby says he can beat Daniel in a fair fight at the tournament without breaking the rules and probably could have. He's bigger, stronger, and has more experience with karate. Kreese, instead, orders him to cheat so Lawrence can fight Daniel in the finale for an easy victory. Despite the fact if Bobby won, his dojo would win either way.
  • Minion with an F in Evil: When Johnny first gets jealous of Daniel with Ali, Bobby tells him to forget it. The third time Johnny beats up Daniel, Bobby tells him to leave Daniel alone, despite Johnny's insistence that an enemy deserves no mercy. During a sparring session he hesitates to hit Robertson while he's down. And when Kreese tells him to injure Daniel in the tournament, he does not want to at first, and frantically apologizes to Daniel when he does.
  • Only Sane Man: Tells Johnny to get over Ali when they see her with Daniel at the beginning of the film, doesn't want to beat Daniel to death, doesn't want to injure his friend Robertson during a sparring session, and doesn't want to injure Daniel in the tournament when ordered to by Kreese. Bobby repeatedly comes across as this amongst his friends.
  • Nice Guy: Even after Johnny stumbles into one of his services wasted and reveals some of Bobby's less savory acts as a youth to the congregation, Bobby still takes the time to listen to Johnny's problems after he sobers up, feeds him coffee cake and hugs him, and offers all the help he can.
  • Spell My Name with an "S": The DVD subtitles call him "Bobby Butterman."
  • Took a Level in Badass: In the 1983 All Valley Tournament, he defeats Vidal, who won the 1981 karate championship over Cobra Kai, in the third place match.
  • Took a Level in Kindness: Granted he was the Token Good Teammate in the original film, but rather than reluctantly supporting his friends' actions, he now regrets everything their gang did as teenagers and is wary of Johnny's students being influenced by Kreese.
  • Token Good Teammate: Bobby's the only Cobra Kai member who shows any kind of moral restraint and calls out Johnny whenever he goes too far. The fact that he becomes a church minister by the time of Cobra Kai reaffirms this.
  • True Companions: That it's Bobby that Johnny comes to at a crashingly low point and that — after kicking his ass for making a drunken scene — Bobby immediately offers him the kind of equal, grown-up affection no one else has says a lot.

    Dutch 
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"That don't mean squat!"
Portrayed by: Chad McQueen (1984-86)
"Point or no points...you're dead meat."

Another top student of Cobra Kai and a member of Johnny's gang, who might be more vicious than Johnny himself.


  • The Berserker: Out of all the Cobra Kai students, he's the most aggressive and ready to get violent. Cobra Kai even later reveals he's been in and out of prison for most of his life, in no small part thanks to his violent disposition.
  • Gendered Insult: He mockingly refers to Daniel as "Danielle".
  • Last-Name Basis: Implied. Every other competitor at the All-Valley has their last name displayed on the tournament ladder, while his is still shown to be "Dutch".
  • The Sociopath: Unlike the others, he's okay with Kreese's orders to injure Daniel. Also he makes no attempt whatsoever to help Johnny when Kreese is choking him, unlike the rest of the Cobras who all either call out Kreese on his cruelty or try to stop him.
  • Toxic Friend Influence: Dutch's violent nature enables Johnny's anger and aggressiveness when the group is beating up Daniel after the Halloween dance. It's also subtly implied by Cobra Kai that this influence also went out to haunt Johnny for a long time in his life.
  • Would Hit a Girl: When Ali steps in to stop the fight between Johnny and Daniel at the beach, Dutch eagerly asks Johnny if he's gonna hit her too.
  • Written-In Absence: He's in prison during the events of Season 2, which is why he doesn't join Johnny and his old Cobra Kai friends for their road trip with Tommy.

    Tommy 
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"You'll do it Johnny. You're the champ."

Played by: Rob Garrison
"Get him a body bag! Yeah!!!"

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


  • Always Second Best: Tommy and Johnny were the finalists of the 1983 All Valley Tournament. While Tommy clearly surpassed 1981 champion Darryl Vidal, he was still no match for Johnny and ended up in second place as a
  • Determinator: He can be seen throwing jab punches with a broken right arm during the class that Miyagi and Daniel interrupt.
  • Everyone Has Standards: As much as he wants his friends to win, he's shocked when Kreese orders Bobby to injure Daniel. In the second film, he even agrees with Mr. Miyagi that Kreese should let Johnny go from his chokehold.
  • Face Death with Dignity: When Johnny and Jimmy show some concern about going on a road trip with him in his state, Tommy just rips out the wires connecting him to the machinery and tells the others he's ready to roll.
  • Flatline: One is heard briefly when Tommy gets out of the hospital bed for his road trip. As Johnny and Bobby were in the next room at that moment, their reaction suggests that they feared Tommy had already died.
  • Ironic Death: He was the one who told Johnny to get Daniel a body bag ("YEAH!") during their final fight in The Karate Kid. When Tommy dies, he's the one who is put into a body bag.
  • Jerkass: He takes part in pushing Daniel off a hill and sarcastically tells him to learn karate.
  • No Indoor Voice: He's by far the loudest when cheering on Johnny during the tournament final.
  • No Good Deed Goes Unpunished: Along with Bobby, he gets assaulted by Kreese when he tries to stop him from choking Johnny after losing the tournament.
  • Pet the Dog: The second film shows that he has some respect for Mr. Miyagi, as he tells Kreese to listen to the man and stop choking Johnny.
  • Reformed Bully: In contrast to the bloodlust he displayed in the first film, he's become a mature, well-adjusted adult who regrets how he acted as a teenager.
  • Self-Deprecation: (mingling with Foul First Drink) When the gang is reminiscing about their teenage antics at the bar, one of the things mentioned is the time that a bartender saw right through their fake IDs and served them dishwater, with Tommy drinking his entire mug because he didn't know what beer tastes like. It's Tommy himself who tells that story, laughing at his own folly as he narrates it.
  • The Stoic: Unlike Bobby and Jimmy who flip out when they learn Johnny has gotten Kreese involved in his dojo, Tommy just listens to Johnny's reasons for doing so, then calmly asks him if he really trusts Kreese.
  • Sudden Sequel Death Syndrome: He's reintroduced dying of a terminal illness and passes at the end of the episode. (Tragically became a meta example a few months later, when Garrison himself passed away.)
  • Unrequited Love: During the campout, he reveals to Johnny that he actually had feelings of his own for Ali back in high school as well. He was going to ask her out, but Johnny "struck first".
  • Unwitting Instigator of Doom: The entire conflict between Daniel and Johnny, as well as every event across the franchise that is in turn caused by that, only occurs because Tommy happened to notice Ali flirting with Daniel on the beach and directed Johnny's attention to it.
  • Worf Effect: He got second place in the 1983 tournament, outfighting Vidal in the semifinals and losing to Johnny in the finals. However, in the 1984 tournament, Daniel defeats him in the preliminary rounds.

    Jimmy 
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"Jenny and the kids send their love."

Played by: Tony O’Dell
"This is the stupidest thing I've ever heard."

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


  • Ascended Extra: While he was part of the Cobra Kai gang in the first two films, he didn't get any memorable scenes or lines, nor was even referred to by name. Here, he shares the spotlight with Bobby and Tommy and even gets a spectacular fight scene.
  • Brutal Honesty: He flat out tells Johnny letting Kreese back in the fold is a stupid idea and he doesn't believe the man has changed a bit.
  • Cassandra Truth: He and Bobby attempt to warn Johnny of the threat Kreese poses now that he's involved with the new Cobra Kai. Johnny ignores their warnings, however, adamantly believing that his former sensei can get out of his old ways and change for the better. Tragically, the OG Cobras turn out to be right.
  • Chairman of the Brawl: During the Bar Brawl scene, he cracks Bobby's opponent over the back with a chair.
  • The Generic Guy: In his original appearance in The Karate Kid, he doesn't say or do anything noteworthy and has no characterisation compared to the other Cobras. He's fleshed out more when he returns in Cobra Kai.
  • Happily Married: He's first seen speaking with his wife on a headset. While we only see this interaction for a few moments, it suggests that he has a loving relationship with his family, and even that Tommy is something of an honorary uncle to his children.
  • Reformed Bully: Just like the others, he's become a decent man who has rejected the old Cobra Kai philosophy.

Silver's Students in the 1980s

    Mike Barnes 
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"You suck LaRusso! You suck man!"
Portrayed by: Sean Kanan
"There's nothing you got I can't counter, your karate's a joke!"

A notorious karate champion hired as a mercenary by Terry Silver to be Daniel's biggest and toughest rival.


  • Final Boss: Daniel LaRusso's last and toughest rival in the trilogy.
  • Gendered Insult:
    • When Daniel and Barnes get into a fight at Mr. Miyagi's backyard, Silver's arrival to "rescue" Daniel results in Barnes questioning whether or not Silver is Daniel's mother.
      Silver: Let him up, punk!
      Barnes: Who're you, his mother?
    • He mockingly addresses Daniel as "sweetheart" at one point during their fight in the tournament.
      "What's the matter, sweetheart? You having trouble breathing?"
  • Hate Sink: Is nothing but a bullying thuggish asshole with no redeeming qualities whatsoever.
  • The Heavy: Silver's champion for the 1985 All-Valley Tournament.
  • It's Personal: He swears to make life hell for Daniel every day for the rest of his life if he refuses to participate in the 1985 All-Valley Tournament.
  • Knight of Cerebus: Sort of downplayed. While he's not as murderous as Chozen, he is much more skilled than him, and the only one out of Daniel's three rivals to actually incite fear upon the latter.
  • Psycho for Hire: An aggressive bully who Terry Silver hired to harass and demoralize Daniel, and then trained to even more so during the competition.
  • Sore Loser: He throws a fit after losing to Daniel in the 1985 All Valley Tournament.
  • Threw My Bike on the Roof: He and his gang vandalize Miyagi's bonsai shop in retaliation to Daniel's repeated refusals to enter the 1985 All-Valley Tournament.
  • Would Harm a Senior: He doesn't hesitate to attack Miyagi every time he defends Daniel. Like with Kreese and Silver, it doesn't end well for Barnes.
  • Would Hit a Girl: He has no problem with kicking Jessica in her chest when harassing Daniel.

    Daniel LaRusso 

See Daniel's character page here

Associates

Present Day
    Shawn Payne 

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"What are you looking at, newbie?"

Played by: Okea Eme Akwari
Appearances: Cobra Kai

"I'll give you a free shot before I use your teeth for dice."

An inmate at Sylmar Juvenile Corrections (SJDC) whose gang torment Robby Keene. He's revealed to be the brother of Kenny Payne who leads him to Cobra Kai after the latter shares to him about his bullying problems.


  • Accidental Truth: While he's only doing this to harass Robby, he is (in a way) correct that Sam has been moving on from him (for Miguel) during Robby's time in juvie. Robby only finds out about the harsh truth as soon as he sees Sam and Miguel back together again.
  • Arc Villain: He is the main antagonist of Robby's juvie arc, being his main tormentor at the Sylmar Juvenile Corrections Center. This reaches its climax in Episode 5 where he faces off Robby one-on-one after Kreese suggests the latter to "strike first."
  • Big Brother Instinct: For all of his faults, he genuinely loves his younger brother Kenny and is very protective of him. It's even how he wound up in juvie in the first place, as he was arrested for assaulting a friend who tried to harm him.
  • Blatant Lies: He outright states that Robby's girlfriend left him, his dad hates him, and he has nobody around to support him. He's only doing this to continue harassing Robby, as Sam and Johnny still do care for him, even though Robby eventually spurns their affections out of Revenge Before Reason (with Poor Communication Kills playing a factor). This does lead to Robby turning to Kreese, who is more than welcome to bring him in to Cobra Kai (even though Kreese is only doing this to get a new champion).
    "'[Mimicking Johnny] But Robby you're my son! '[Mimicking Robby] But I hate you dad!' Your girl left you...your dad hates you...you got nobody. And now you got nothing."
  • The Bully: Basically the juvie counterpart to Kyler.
  • Defeat Means Friendship: After he loses his fight to Robby, he starts to respect him even going as far as to to cover for him and not snitch when asked who started the fight. This comes full circle in Season 4 when it turns out his younger brother is getting bullied and Shawn's solution is to have him seek out Robby and Cobra Kai to learn how to fight back. Robby, for his part, welcomes Kenny with open arms and asks for updates on Shawn.
  • Even Evil Has Loved Ones: Well, not exactly evil so much as he's a vicious man in juvie, but despite his reputation and role in the story, Shawn does have a positive relationship with his younger brother, Kenny, and was open to the idea of helping him out when Kenny visited Shawn to tell him of how he's being bullied in school.
  • Everyone Has Standards: He's a complete Jerkass who bullies and physically assaults Robby for absolutely no reason, but he refuses to snitch on Robby for starting their last fight and develops a begrudging respect for him when he discovers Robby did the same.
  • Hidden Depths: His mentioning of empanadas, horchata, and dark roast (coffee) suggest he does have (to some degree) extensive knowledge of cultural dishes. Season 4 reveals his dad is in the military so he definitely learned a few things from him.
  • The Juggernaut: He's an immense young man with an impressive combat skill that is enough to give a trained karateka like Robby one hell of a fight. Even then, it took Kreese's advice for the latter to actually make this a fair matchup.
  • Kick the Dog: He makes Robby's time in juvie hell every opportunity he gets. Prior to that, he slams a fellow inmate to the table just because the latter was minding his own business.
  • Laser-Guided Karma: Shawn tormenting Robby countless times was enough for Robby to nearly kick his ass, had the guards not rushed in to intervene. He finally leaves Robby alone after realizing that the latter did not snitch as well.
  • Meaningful Name: He sure caused Robby a lot of "pain" in juvie.
  • No-Holds-Barred Beatdown: A confrontation between his gang and Robby shortly after the latter's admission to juvie ends with Robby writhing on the floor.
  • No Name Given: Downplayed; he is never referred to by his first name at any point in the series, in-universe. His full name is said by Robby in Season 4.
  • Sibling Yin-Yang: Unlike Kenny, who is a quiet and meek kid who has nerdy interests and is bullied a lot in school, Shawn is a very vocal and intimidating young man who happens to be the resident bully in juvie. However, the emotional effect the bullying had on Kenny, as well as fully embracing the Cobra Kai creed leads to Kenny becoming the bully, exactly like Shawn himself.
  • Scary Black Man: He's a vicious bully who verbally AND physically torments fellow inmates just for the hell of it, not to mention his size and combat skill that could potentially give trained karatekas like Hawk, Tory, and even Robby a run for their money.
  • Small Role, Big Impact: Shawn only has one appearance in season 4, where he is visited by his younger brother Kenny who is dealing with bullies at school. Shawn points him in the direction of Cobra Kai, hoping Robby can help him.
  • Suddenly Shouting: His reaction after a fellow inmate refuses to leave the table. This marks the beginning of his character moment.
    "Still...empanadas, no empanadas...this our table homie...(laughs after inmate minds his own business) Shit, kid must be deaf...I SAID THAT'S OUR TABLE, HOMIE!!!!!!!"
  • Unskilled, but Strong: He is a brawler but thanks to his size alone he can just tackle through Robby's karate. Which is why Robby has to start on the offensive to have a chance fighting him and his flunkies.
  • Unwitting Instigator of Doom: After learning about his brother's problems with bullying, he directs Kenny to Robby so he can get some karate instruction from him. He's completely unaware that Robby is training at Cobra Kai and the dojo winds up sending Kenny down a dark path.
  • Villain Respect: After Robby's fight with Shawn is broken up, both of them gain respect for each other when they learn that neither of them snitched afterwards. This marks the end of Shawn and his gang hassling Robby. By Season 4, Shawn even trusts Robby enough that he has his younger brother Kenny seek him out for help on dealing with his school bullies.

    Cheyenne Hamadi 
Played by: Salome Azizi
Appearances: Cobra Kai

Terry Silver's girlfriend during the former's time away from Kreese.


  • Age-Gap Romance: Silver is a man in his 70s, while Cheyenne looks much younger.
  • Flat Character: She's only introduced as Silver's much-younger girlfriend who is into mindfulness and thinks Terry should keep his distance from his toxic friend and former army buddy. That's pretty much all we know.
  • What Happened to the Mouse?: The last we see of her is a series of spam texts when Silver ties his hair into a ponytail. After Silver re-joins Cobra Kai, she is never seen or heard from again.

    Kandace 
Played by: Rebecca Lines
Appearances: Cobra Kai

Tory's selfish maternal aunt who is waiting for her sister to die so she can try to get custody of her nephew, forcing Tory to go to Amanda for help.


  • Evil Aunt: She's a criminal who cheats the system and tries to skim off of her sister's disability checks, which Tory depends on to take care of her mom and her brother. She even threatens Tory by holding custody of her brother over her head in the eventuality that her mom dies.
  • Hate Sink: She and Tory’s landlord exist solely to show what kind of adults Tory has to deal with in her life.
  • Hypocritical Humor: She calls out Tory for being a high school dropout and a criminal; Tory immediately responds that Kandace is both of those too.
  • It's All About Me: She mooches off her sister's disability checks and is waiting for her to die and gain custody of her nephew, holding these motivations with no one but herself in mind.
  • Jacob Marley Warning: She represents what Tory could've become if she gave in to her pathetic and petty grudges and hate.
  • Jerkass: She couldn't care less about her sister dying, and only sees her as a mean to earn easy money, the money Tory needs, and has no problem pushing her niece's buttons.
  • Jerkass Has a Point: Even though she has her own selfish reasons for wanting to take custody of Tory and her brother, Kandace is correct that the judge will not trust a 17-year-old with a criminal record to take care of a child over an adult, no matter how uncaring she is.
  • Kick the Dog: Kandace doesn't stop at asking if Tory's mother had died yet. She also makes snide remarks about Tory's Disappeared Dad, saying he won't ever come back and that Tory has nowhere to go with her brother without her.
  • Shadow Archetype: Kandace is what Tory would have been if she had given in to her anger and petty grudges. Seeing Aunt Kandace and realizing that this is where she’s heading herself is the kick in the ass Tory needs to start taking Amanda’s advice and asking for real help. She still messes up along the way but by the end of season 4, Tory no longer wants to spend her life seeking revenge on Sam.

1980s

    Snake 
Played by: Jonathan Avildsen

A henchman and sparring partner of Terry Silver during the events of Part III who also operates as as lackey of Mike Barnes.


  • Co-Dragons: He and Dennis share the role of top henchman to Barnes and Silver.
  • Jerkass: Snake is an arrogant loudmouth who delights in helping Barnes gang up on Daniel in three on one fights.
  • Kick the Dog: He mocks Daniel during his final fight with Barnes while Daniel is writhing in pain after being hit with a low blow.
    "Hey, Danny Boy, how are the family jewels?"
  • Meaningful Name: A guy named Snake acts as a minion for Cobra Kai.
  • Smug Snake: He mocks Daniel for getting beaten up by Barnes, but it's clear he has no fighting skills of his own to speak of. Jessica, a diminuitive teenage girl with no fighting experience whatsoever, manages to knock him down with a plant pot, and Daniel pretty easily dispatches him even while he's recovering from being hit with a low blow by Barnes.
  • Stunned Silence: He just stares in shock after Barnes loses to Daniel.

    Dennis 
Played by: William Christopher Ford

A henchman and sparring partner of Terry Silver during the events of Part III who also operates as as lackey of Mike Barnes.


  • Co-Dragons: He and Snake share the role of top henchman to Barnes and Silver.
  • The Generic Guy: Compared to Snake, who gets ample opportunities to demonstrate how much of a Jerkass he is, Dennis mostly hangs around in the background and acts as an extra gang member for Barnes.

Alternative Title(s): Cobra Kai Cobra Kai And Associates

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