- Badass Decay: It's difficult to believe that Daniel would be bullied with mere beatings again after fighting for his very life against Chozen in Part 2. Especially against a guy who is obviously an Up to Eleven Expy of Johnny Lawrence.
- Catharsis Factor: Daniel defeating Barnes and how utterly demoralized Silver, Kreese and Snake all look afterward.
- Evil Is Cool: As mentioned below, Terry Silver's hammy performance is what makes the movie bearable.
- Ham and Cheese: Thomas Ian Griffith as Terry Silver. He's one physical deformity away from being a Captain Planet villain — and one "conquer the world" plot away from a Bond villain.
- Idiot Plot: Practically the whole movie is sustained only because Daniel juggles the Idiot Ball almost until the end.
- It's the Same, Now It Sucks!: The general complaints concerning the third movie, especially after the well received second movie, in that the plot is very similar to the first one.
- Narm Charm: Roger Ebert found Thomas Ian Griffith's over the top performance as Terry Silver to be the best and most redeeming quality of the third movie — and he's far from alone in that assessment.
- Nice Job Fixing It, Villain!: So most of the plot involves Silver and Barnes scheming to revive Cobra Kai... by manipulating Daniel to fight in the tournament against his own wishes. If they had simply left Daniel alone, he and Mr. Miyagi would have moved on with their lives, Barnes would have won the tournament, and Cobra Kai would again be #1 in the valley in the face of Barnes' victory. But no, instead they had to keep attacking Daniel, which ultimately backfired so spectacularly that their dojo was banned and all but forgotten by the time of Cobra Kai. Peak Revenge Before Reason here.
- Sequelitis: One of the weakest films, especially since the plot copies the first.
- So Bad, It's Good: Terry Silver's Large Ham performance is perhaps the movie's one redeeming quality.
- They Wasted a Perfectly Good Plot: The idea of Daniel having an Evil Mentor with him slowly being corrupted would have sounded a lot better in paper.
- Tough Act to Follow: The film got a lower score and made less money in the box office compared to its predecessors.
- What an Idiot!: The referee gives Barnes a warning no less than five times for illegal moves, even one in between rounds, and never disqualifies him.
YMMV / The Karate Kid Part III