This list of The Karate Kid characters reflects fictional characters from the The Karate Kid franchise. Josh Heald, Jon Hurwitz, and Hayden Schlossberg define the following works as part of the Miyagi-Verse: The Karate Kid (1984), The Karate Kid Part II (1986), The Karate Kid Part III (1989), The Next Karate Kid (1994), and the Cobra Kai television series (2018–present).However, they state that the 2010 remake exists in an alternate universe. In addition, Jon Hurwitz clarified that the "Karate Kid cartoon is not canon. But there is an Easter Egg from it in Season 3," in response to the question as to whether, "The Karate Kid animated series [is] official within The Karate Kid universe?"
|Character||Original series||Television series|
|The Karate Kid||The Karate Kid Part II||The Karate Kid Part III||The Next Karate Kid||Cobra Kai|
|Season 1||Season 2||Season 3|
|Daniel LaRusso||Ralph Macchio||Ralph Macchio|
|Mr. Miyagi||Noriyuki "Pat" Morita||Noriyuki "Pat" Morita||Noriyuki "Pat" Morita||Noriyuki "Pat" Morita A|
|Fumio Demura F||Fumio Demura F|
|John Kreese||Martin Kove||Martin Kove||Martin Kove|
|Barrett Carnahan Y|
|John "Johnny" Lawrence||William Zabka||William Zabka A||William Zabka||William Zabka|
|Owen D. Stone Y|
|Ali Mills||Elisabeth Shue||Elisabeth Shue A||Elisabeth Shue A||Elisabeth Shue|
|Lucille LaRusso||Randee Heller||Randee Heller A||Randee Heller C||Randee Heller||Randee Heller A|
|Bobby Brown||Ron Thomas||Ron Thomas A||Ron Thomas A||Ron Thomas|
|Tommy||Rob Garrison||Rob Garrison A||Rob Garrison A||Rob Garrison||Rob Garrison P|
|Dutch||Chad McQueen||Chad McQueen A||Chad McQueen A|
|Jimmy||Tony O'Dell||Tony O'Dell A||Tony O'Dell A||Tony O'Dell|
|Mrs. Mills||Sharon Spelman||Deborah May|
|Freddy Fernandez||Israel Juarbe||Israel Jurabe A|
|Mrs. Milo||Frances Bay||Frances Bay C|
|Sato Toguchi||Danny Kamekona||Danny Kamekona A|
|Chozen Toguchi||Yuji Okumoto||Yuji Okumoto A||Yuji Okumoto|
|Kumiko||Tamlyn Tomita||Tamlyn Tomita A||Tamlyn Tomita|
|Yukie||Nobu McCarthy||Nobu McCarthy A|
|Yuna||Traci Toguchi||Traci Toguchi|
|Miyagi's Father||Charlie Tanimoto|
|Terry Silver||Thomas Ian Griffith||Thomas Ian Griffith A||Nick Marini|
|Thomas Ian Griffith A|
|Mike Barnes||Sean Kanan||Sean Kanan P||Sean Kanan A|
|Jessica Andrews||Robyn Lively||Robyn Lively A|
|Dennis||Christopher Paul Ford|
|Julie Pierce||Hilary Swank|
|Louisa Pierce||Constance Towers|
|Ned Randall||Michael Cavelieri|
|Eric McGowen||Chris Conrad|
|Colonel Paul Dugan||Michael Ironside|
|Angel the Hawk||Frank Welker V|
|Miguel Diaz||Xolo Maridueña|
|Samantha "Sam" LaRusso||Mary Mouser||Mary Mouser|
|Reese TinLee Y|
|Robert "Robby" Keene||Tanner Buchanan|
|Amanda LaRusso||Courtney Henggeler|
|Eli "Hawk" Moskowitz||Jacob Bertrand|
|Carmen Diaz||Vanessa Rubio|
|Anthony LaRusso||Griffin Santopietro|
|Rosa Diaz||Rose Bianco|
|Shannon Keene||Diora Baird|
|Armand Zarkarian||Ken Davitian|
|Aisha Robinson||Nichole Brown|
|Sid Weinberg||Ed Asner||Ed Asner|
|Yasmine||Annalisa Cochrane||Annalisa Cochrane|
|Kyler||Joe Seo||Joe Seo|
|Tory Nichols||Peyton List|
|Raymond "Stingray"||Paul Walter Hauser|
Ali's father Mr. Mills (William Bassett), and her mother, Mrs. Mills (Sharon Spelman) appear to silently judge Daniel when Ali introduces them in front of her house. Mrs. Mills prefers Johnny, whom she dances with at the country club, before trading partners with Ali, who is dancing with her father. At that moment, Ali and Mr. Mills are having a difficult conversation, where he conveys his disappointment that Ali would rather go out with "that boy from Reseda" again instead of Johnny. Over thirty years later (Season 3, Episode 9 of Cobra Kai ), Ali returns home to spend Christmas with her parents. After Mrs. Mills (Deborah May) returns home from Christmas shopping for Ali's children, she asks Ali to come to the holiday party the next evening. Ali later tells Johnny that her parents disapprove of her upcoming divorce.
Judy was Daniel's girlfriend when he lived in New Jersey. She appears very briefly during the first few minutes of Karate Kid with a group of people surrounding Lucille's car. When Daniel gets into the car he says: "Bye, Judy." Later after Daniel meets Ali, Lucille asks him (when they meet in a restaurant), "Is she prettier than Judy?" Daniel responds, "Oh, ma, she buries Judy!" In Season 2, Episode 1 of Cobra Kai , Daniel tells Samantha about Judy, stating, "Did I ever tell you about my first girlfriend? I was about your age and she was in another league. Beautiful eyes, amazing smile. I thought it would last forever." When Samantha asks what happened, Daniel states, "Grandma moved us out of New Jersey. Came to California. I met a new girl, Ali. This time I was sure she was the one. I mean Judy was great, but this was true love."
Lucille LaRusso (Randee Heller) is Daniel's mother. She is a widow who relocates Daniel from New Jersey to Southern California due to her computer job transfer. It seems to have worked out well for her, as she later tells Daniel she was promoted and will be required to go to a manager's training program two nights a week. Although Lucille is a down-to-earth and independent woman, she is greatly concerned about Daniel's harassment from Johnny and his gang, an issue which is shared by Mr. Miyagi. She gets along well with Ali, and in contrast to the formality of Ali's parents, refers to herself as "Lucille" rather than "Mrs. LaRusso." She is a strong influence in Daniel's life and supports Mr. Miyagi's interest in him.
In the sequel series Cobra Kai, she is shown to initially have a troubled relationship with Daniel's wife Amanda, which they resolve through the intervention of Daniel and Amanda's daughter, Samantha. Lucille has fond memories of Mr. Miyagi and his support of her family. She also shares memories of her late husband, Daniel's father, with Daniel when he is having marital difficulties with Amanda.
Tommy (Rob Garrison) is another friend of Johnny and a fellow student at the Cobra Kai dojo. He is known for being the most vocal and sarcastic of the Cobra Kai gang. He is the third Cobra Kai member to be defeated by Daniel in the All Valley Under-18 Karate Championships tournament and afterward, he is heard cheering Johnny on from the sidelines during the final match with Daniel. His most memorable line in the movie is "Get him a body bag. Yeah!" after Johnny re-aggravates Daniel's leg injury. He also had another memorable quote when Ali is seen walking with Daniel at school; he yells out in anger towards them "It must be 'take a worm for a walk week.'" Though Tommy delights in the endless hazing of Daniel by the Cobra Kai, he is clearly shocked when Bobby injures Daniel's leg on Kreese's command. In the parking lot confrontation following the tournament where Kreese scolds Johnny for losing, Tommy pleads with Kreese to release Johnny from the chokehold that he has him in, agreeing with Mr. Miyagi's demands to let him go. Kreese refuses and even strikes Tommy in the face, knocking him to the ground.
In Season 1 of Cobra Kai, Johnny blames Mr. Miyagi for giving Tommy brain damage while protecting Daniel from the Cobra Kai gang back in 1984. In Season 2, Tommy is terminally ill from cancer. Wanting to go out on his own terms, he breaks out of the hospital to go motorcycle riding with Johnny, Bobby, and Jimmy. After a bar fight won by the gang, a night of drinking around a campfire, and revealing to Johnny that he was in love with Ali their first year, Tommy dies the next morning. The last scene of episode 6 shows Tommy being zipped in a body bag (a nod to the end of The Karate Kid when Tommy shouts "Get him a body bag," implying that he believed Daniel would lose against Johnny).
Bobby Brown (Ron Thomas) is a friend of Johnny and a fellow student at the Cobra Kai dojo. Bobby is Kreese's second-best student and was runner-up to Johnny in the All-Valley Tournament the previous year, though Johnny's most prominent right-hand man appeared to be Dutch. Although one of Johnny's gang (he slide tackles Daniel during soccer tryouts on the first day of school, prompting Daniel to tackle him and land a punch to his face, thus getting Daniel kicked out of the tryouts), Bobby is seen as a more compassionate character than his friends. He tries to stop Johnny from ruining the beach party, stop him from harassing Daniel, and from doing further damage to Daniel during the fight alongside the South Sea apartments during the Halloween party. During the Semi-finals of the tournament, Kreese orders Bobby to put Daniel "out of commission," which Bobby reluctantly attempts to do by landing a kick to Daniel's knee, severely injuring him. After the kick, Bobby drops down and sincerely and profusely apologizes to a pain-ridden Daniel before being pulled off Daniel and disqualified. Because Daniel was unable to continue at that time and Bobby being disqualified, he is the only Cobra Kai member that Daniel doesn't defeat. In the film's novelization, Bobby – remorseful for injuring Daniel and disgusted at not being able to fight him fairly – walks over to Kreese and throws his black belt onto the floor. He then quits the Cobra Kai and leaves the arena. In the parking lot confrontation following the tournament, Bobby defends Johnny from an angry Kreese, stating that Johnny has apologized for his performance. When Kreese attacks Johnny, Bobby attempts to intervene but is assaulted by Kreese.
In season 2 of Cobra Kai, Bobby is now a pastor at a church. He visits his terminally ill friend, Tommy, with Johnny and Jimmy by his side. In season 3 a drunk Johnny crashes his sermon, forcing Bobby to sweep him off his feet. He later agrees to accompany Johnny to see Robby in juvenile detention, but Johnny stands both of them up after he reluctantly stays at the hospital to help Miguel and his family, infuriating Robby and Bobby. Johnny later calls Bobby up to apologize for missing the appointment to visit Robby and gets irritated when Bobby refuses to schedule another visit.
Jimmy (Tony O'Dell) is another friend of Johnny and a fellow student at the Cobra Kai dojo. Jimmy is known for being the quietest member (having only a couple of lines in the film) and the only brown belt in Johnny's quintet group. He is the second Cobra Kai member to be defeated by Daniel in the All Valley Under-18 Karate Championships tournament. Jimmy expresses shock when Bobby is ordered by Kreese to injure Daniel and is present when Kreese attacks Johnny following his loss and second-place showing. Although he does not physically nor verbally intervene, he shows disgust at Kreese.
In Season 2 of Cobra Kai, Jimmy is a married man with two sons. During the outing with Johnny, Bobby, and Tommy, he espresses his distrust of Kreese to Johnny.
Dutch (Chad McQueen) is Johnny's main friend and a fellow student at the Cobra Kai dojo. Dutch is also the most brutal of the gang. Dutch enjoys picking on Daniel. He can be seen hopping up and down whenever the Cobras confront Daniel as they are about to beat him, even confronting him in the locker room before the start of the All Valley Under-18 Karate Championships tournament and telling Daniel he is "dead meat." He is the fourth Cobra Kai member to be defeated by Daniel during the tournament before facing Bobby in the semi-final round. It is rumored that a deleted scene exists of Dutch becoming angered by Daniel scoring a point on him, resulting in him tackling Daniel to the mat in a scuffle and being pulled away by tournament officials, leading to his disqualification. This would explain why it appeared that Daniel won their match after only scoring a single point. In contrast to his friends, Dutch cracks a smile after Kreese orders Bobby to put Daniel "out of commission." Dutch also appears with the other Cobra Kais when Kreese assaults Johnny for coming in second place. Despite pleas from the others for Kreese to stop, Dutch is notably silent, his face is partly hidden under a baseball cap and he turns away once Kreese places Johnny in the chokehold.
Dutch has not appeared in Cobra Kai yet, but aspects of his life are revealed by other characters in season two. While reminiscing about high school, Johnny, Tommy, and Jimmy talk about how in 1984, the Cobra Kai gang went out one weekend and were so drunk that Dutch broke a dartboard at a bar, sending him to juvenile hall. They also referred to the fact that Dutch is currently serving a 5 to 10-year prison sentence at Lompoc Federal Penitentiary.
Darryl Vidal (Darryl Vidal) is a highly-skilled karate opponent and, presumably, third-place winner of the All Valley Under-18 Karate Championships tournament. After defeating several Cobra Kai members, he is defeated by Johnny with three unanswered points in the semi-finals. Darryl is seen at the end of the film congratulating Daniel on winning the tournament.
Vidal was mentioned by name in Cobra Kai Season 3 by John Kreese. Kreese mentions to Johnny's son Robby that Vidal had beaten Johnny in the years prior to the film, noting Johnny's potential as a fighter.
Freddy Fernandez (Israel Juarbe) A high school student that lives in the same apartment building that Daniel and his mother move into. He befriends Daniel and invites him to a beach party. During the party, when Daniel notices Ali, Freddy encourages Daniel to talk to her but doesn't defend him when Johnny crashes the party and beats him up. The following day, he and his friends shun Daniel at their school's soccer tryouts. He is next seen in the crowd at the All Valley Under-18 Karate Championships tournament cheering for Daniel. At the end of the film, he is seen cheering for Daniel and along with some of his friends, lifting Daniel up after his win, possibly reestablishing their friendship.
Susan (Juli Fields) One of Ali's best friends. She dislikes Daniel, referring to him as "fungus" during the Halloween dance. She is later seen at the All Valley Under-18 Karate Championships tournament in the crowd cheering. At the end of the film, she is seen walking onto the ring, along with Freddy and several others cheering for Daniel.
Barbara (Dana Andersen) Another one of Ali's friends. Like Susan, she does not care much for Daniel at the beginning but is seen cheering for him in the end.
The Referee of the ring is played by Pat E. Johnson in the first three Karate Kid films. He was seen outside his tournament duties in each of the three films.
Jerry Robertson (Larry B. Scott) Another student at the Cobra Kai dojo; however, he is not a part of Johnny's gang. He is the brown belt student who is defeated by Bobby in a sparring match at the dojo. He was also the first Cobra Kai member defeated by Daniel in the 1984 All Valley Under-18 Karate Championships tournament.
Karate Kid actor Martin Kove, briefly appeared as John Kreese in the beginning of the film. In addition, Rob Garrison (Tommy), Ron Thomas (Bobby Brown), Tony O'Dell (Jimmy), and William Zabka (Johnny Lawrence) also appeared.
Sato (Danny Kamekona) is Chozen's uncle and Miyagi's former best friend with whom he had a strong brotherly friendship, to the point Miyagi asked his father to teach Sato karate, which, traditionally, was only taught from father to son. Sato was arranged to marry a girl named Yukie, but she had already fallen in love with Miyagi, as he had with her. Their love was so strong that Miyagi had announced that he would break the tradition of arranged marriage and marry Yukie anyway. Sato felt disgraced and betrayed by Miyagi and challenged him to a fight to save his honor; Miyagi instead left Okinawa the next day, angering Sato further. By the time Miyagi returned to Tomi village with Daniel, Sato – now a rich industrialist – owned the whole town. Still bearing a bitter vendetta against Miyagi, he was eager to face his old friend in a death match. This never occurred as Miyagi saved his life during a typhoon with a mighty chop shattering a pinning wooden beam, deeply impressing Sato with his supposed rival's true might and restoring their friendship. Soon after, Sato disowns Chozen for refusing to help Daniel rescue a young girl from the typhoon, prompting Sato to go out to assist Daniel himself. Realizing how his hatred had consumed him, he made amends by returning ownership of Tomi village back to the villagers and helping them rebuild.
Sato is a highly skilled and respected karate master who appears to be more rigid and firm in his technique than Miyagi. His dojo in Naha City is used to instruct American military police in karate.
In Cobra Kai (Season 3) Sato was mentioned to have modified Tomi Village to become a tourist attraction sometime after Daniel and Mr. Miyagi's departure from Okinawa. His business decision boosted the local economy. He was also credited by Chozen to have turned the latter's life around after his fight with Daniel. Chozen mentions that Sato passed away and left Chozen all of the Miyagi property. Now a better man, Chozen displays a great deal of respect for both his uncle and Mr. Miyagi.
Yukie (Nobu McCarthy) Yukie is Mr. Miyagi's loving childhood girlfriend and Kumiko's aunt. Although she was to marry Sato in an arranged marriage, she had fallen in love with Mr. Miyagi, which is what made Sato challenge Mr. Miyagi to a death match to save his honor. Mr. Miyagi never fought him, however. The day after Sato's challenge, he left for America. When Mr. Miyagi returned to Tomi village, it was revealed that Yukie had never married Sato. During the events of The Karate Kid Part II, it was shown that the two still had feelings for one another and they began to rekindle their romance.
In Cobra Kai Season 3, Kumiko told Daniel that Yukie had passed away and that she had inherited Yukie's home. Kumiko also gave Daniel a box of love letters from Mr. Miyagi to Yukie that were written after Daniel and Mr. Miyagi left Okinawa.
Yuna (Traci Toguchi) is a young girl who lives at Tomi Village. She rings the bell as a typhoon roars into the village to warn everyone to take shelter. She is caught in the storm and is dangerously close to the power lines but Daniel comes and saves her. She is also present at the Castle during the O-Bon festival as she thanked Daniel for saving her life and witnesses the fight between Daniel and Chozen.
In Season 3 of Cobra Kai , Daniel returns to Okinawa after traveling to Japan in an attempt to save his business by forever reviving his soon-to-be-canceled contract with Doyona, a marketing conglomerate that handles international sales for Asian automobiles. Kumiko introduces Daniel to a young woman whom she calls a mutual friend of theirs. After the woman tells Daniel that they had previously met when she was a young girl during a typhoon, Daniel realizes that it's Yuna (whose name is finally revealed in the series) and is happy to see her again. Yuna reveals to Daniel that she is now the Senior Vice President of Sales for Doyona International, the company that he is reaching out to, and that she intends to help Daniel save his business.
Toshio (Joey Miyashima) One of Chozen's cronies who helps torment Daniel.
Taro (Marc Hayashi) Another one of Chozen's cronies who helps torment Daniel.
Miyagi's Chōjun (Charlie Tanimoto) is the father of Miyagi. An elderly karate master who trained him to use the art in the right way. At the beginning of the movie the audience finds out that he is still alive, however, he becomes ill and later dies, but not before seeing his son one last time. As sensei to Miyagi and Sato, both men came to his side at his hour of death. His final act was to bring the two former close friends together, seemingly encouraging them to make peace, which they eventually do.
Ichiro (Arsenio "Sonny" Trinidad) is an old villager in Tomi Village, Okinawa. When Miyagi takes Daniel on a tour of the village, he is one of the first people that Daniel meets. He has a fondness for entertaining the village children with his shamisen. After Daniel tries and fails to practice the Drum Technique, he sees Ichiro accidentally lose control of his wheelbarrow full of carrots. Daniel helps him carry them while they formally introduce themselves to each other. When they make it to Chozen's market to exchange the carrots for money, Ichiro is witness to Daniel's first confrontation with Chozen. During an accident when Daniel helps put the carrots on the scales, the weights fall off. Daniel and Ichiro find out that one of the weights is fake, causing the people of the village to revolt and shame Chozen. Ichiro is later seen among the villagers heading for the pillbox to shelter from the Typhoon and is seen at the viewing window with Daniel, Miyagi, and Yukie looking for others caught in the storm. With the rest of the villagers, he is seen helping rebuild the damaged village, as well as dancing, with Miyagi, Yukie, Daniel, Kumiko, and Sato during the O Bon dance. Ichiro is last seen among the audience while they watch Kumiko perform and Daniel's eventual fight with Chozen.
The Announcer (Bruce Malmuth) for the All Valley Under-18 Karate Championships tournament has appeared in the first three Karate Kid films. He seems to have a deep respect for Daniel.
Karate Kid actor Martin Kove, briefly reprised his role as John Kreese in the film.
Jessica Andrews (Robyn Lively) is a girl who works in a pottery shop. Mr. Miyagi buys pots for his bonsai trees from her; in doing so she gets to know Daniel. Daniel tries asking her out, but she explains that she moved to LA after breaking up with her boyfriend and was going back to her home in Columbus, Ohio soon to try and reconcile with him; they agree to stay friends and form a close bond. On the last night Jessica is in town, they go dancing at a club. A guy rudely hits on Jessica, prompting Daniel into a fight; Daniel ends up breaking the guy's nose. (It turns out that the guy was paid by Silver specifically to provoke Daniel.) Jessica is visibly upset and storms off. As she is packing to leave the next day, Daniel shows up and apologizes. She accepts, implying that the two will remain friends.
Terry Silver (Thomas Ian Griffith; Nick Marini in flashbacks in Cobra Kai) is a very wealthy Vietnam War veteran who first met John Kreese when they served together under Captain Turner (Terry Serpico). Silver was given the nickname "Twig" by Ponytail, because of his skinny arms. While in captivity, the Vietnamese chose Silver to participate in a forced hand-to-hand fight to the death with Captain Turner, only for Kreese to volunteer himself instead. After being saved by an airstrike by the U.S. Air Force, Silver offers his undying loyalty to Kreese as his personal thanks.
Indebted to Kreese for saving his life, Silver established the Cobra Kai dojo and gave it to Kreese as a gift of gratitude and friendship. Silver is also the head of a toxic waste disposal company called Dynatox Industries, which illegally dumps waste in the environment and has made Silver very wealthy due to these activities. Besides being a successful businessman, he is also a ruthless karate expert.
In The Karate Kid Part III, Silver offers to help Kreese, who is now broke because of the loss of his students, gain revenge on Daniel and Mr. Miyagi and reestablish Cobra Kai. Silver sends Kreese to Tahiti to rest while he hires Mike Barnes to defeat Daniel in the next All Valley Under-18 Karate Championships. Silver breaks into Mr. Miyagi's house and finds out about his military service by going through some newspaper clippings and after seeing Mr. Miyagi's Medal of Honor. He's nearly discovered but he hides inside the fireplace. He introduces himself to Daniel and Mr. Miyagi on a later day, claiming that he was sent to help Kreese regain balance. He lies to them saying that Kreese died of a cardiac arrest brought on by a broken heart and sadness at losing all of his karate students. He also blames Kreese's erratic behavior as a result of his years fighting in the Vietnam War. Silver "apologizes" to both Daniel and Mr. Miyagi on behalf of Kreese.
When Silver finds out that Daniel will not fight at the tournament this year, he orders Barnes and his two thugs, Snake and Dennis, to harass Daniel and coerce him into entering the tournament. After Daniel signs up for the tournament, he turns to Silver for guidance after Mr. Miyagi refuses to train him. Silver, acting on a request from Kreese to make Daniel's knuckles bleed, forces Daniel to destroy a wooden dummy. After Daniel finally destroys the dummy and injures himself at the same time, Silver tells him that he is ready for the tournament. When Daniel and his friend, Jessica Andrews, are at a nightclub, Silver bribes a man into provoking a fight with Daniel. Daniel punches the man and breaks his nose. Realizing that he has become a different man and has alienated himself from his friends, Daniel informs Silver that he will not fight at the tournament. Silver reveals his true agenda, reveals that Kreese is still alive, and has Barnes assault Daniel. Mr. Miyagi then appears at the dojo to rescue Daniel. Miyagi engages Barnes, Kreese, and Silver in one-on-one fights. Though he puts up the strongest fight of the three, Silver is defeated by Miyagi and is thrown into the dojo's wall mirror, and gets doused in white paint. Unafraid by his defeat, Silver continues to taunt Miyagi and Daniel that Kreese's form of karate will one day rule the valley. Miyagi then agrees to train Daniel before leaving Silver.
At the tournament, the committee organizers allow Silver to give a speech before the final match. Silver tells the audience that he will open a chain of Cobra Kai dojos where young people can learn "honesty, compassion, and fair play." When the fight begins, Silver and Kreese instruct Barnes to inflict pain on Daniel, by winning a point and subsequently losing a point to keep the score tied, leading to a sudden death round. The plan appears to work until Daniel unleashes his kata on Barnes during the sudden death round, defeating Barnes. After the final point is scored, Silver walks away in disgust as Cobra Kai shirts are discarded around him.
In Season 1 of Cobra Kai , it is revealed that Silver's, Kreese's, and Barnes's actions led to the tournament committee issuing a lifetime ban on Cobra Kai from participating in the All-Valley. As he never met Silver or Barnes during his time as a student under Kreese, Johnny succeeds at getting the ban lifted when he acknowledges the problems of the previous Cobra Kai, promising that his is nothing like it and is dedicated to helping change kids' lives for the better, much to Daniel's chagrin.
Silver is seen in archive footage during Season 2 of Cobra Kai, when Daniel tells his students a brief synopsis of his time reluctantly training with Silver due to Mike Barnes forcing him to compete in the 1985 tournament to defend his championship title (from The Karate Kid Part III ). After listening to Daniel's story of how his Cobra Kai membership negatively affected his personality, Demetri and Robby reconcile with Chris, and Demetri and Chris work together to lift a rock back up.
At the end of season 3, Kreese is seen picking up a photograph of himself and Silver in Vietnam. Remembering the promise Silver made to him, he calls him up asking for his help in taking on Johnny and Daniel, who have teamed up to train their students for the next All-Valley.
Mike Barnes (Sean Kanan) is a rising martial arts star who has won numerous tournaments. He is a skilled and vicious karate fighter who got the nickname of "Karate's Bad Boy". Unlike Johnny and Chozen, Barnes seems tougher and more skilled, and experienced in karate because Daniel could not overpower him until the end of the film. In the third movie, Barnes was hired by Terry Silver to beat Daniel at the next All Valley Under-18 Karate Championships tournament and will get 25% (later 50%) ownership of the new Cobra Kai dojos if he achieves the goal. Later in the film, Barnes and his friends, Snake and Dennis, begin to bother and harass Daniel in an attempt to make him sign up for the tournament. They later succeed by threatening to leave Daniel and his friend, Jessica, to drown at the bottom of a cliff. Barnes also breaks Mr. Miyagi's valuable bonsai tree. When Daniel decides not to compete at the tournament, Silver reveals that he was the one who is behind Barnes and that his agenda was avenging John Kreese, who was his best friend all along. Barnes viciously assaults Daniel until Miyagi arrives and defeats the three men. Daniel and Miyagi decide to show up for the tournament. At the tournament, Barnes reaches the final round to face Daniel. Silver and Kreese instruct Barnes to inflict pain on Daniel and then beat him in the sudden death round. Barnes wins and loses points on Daniel (nearly getting disqualified in the process), but gets defeated in sudden death. This causes him to rage and causes Silver and Kreese to storm off, humiliated. Because of his unsportsmanlike behavior, Barnes and the entirety of the Cobra Kai dojo are banned from participating in the All-Valley tournament.
Barnes is referenced in the Cobra Kai episode "All Valley," where Johnny is informed about the ban. As he never met Silver or Barnes before, Johnny succeeds at getting the ban overturned when he states that he does not know who they are, to Daniel's chagrin. Barnes is seen in archive footage during season 3 when Daniel tells his daughter Samantha about his match with Barnes when addressing Samantha's personal fear of Tory.
Snake (Jonathan Avildsen) is one of Terry's henchmen and Mike's cronies, who helps torment Daniel. He is known to be the "bad boy" of L.A. (implied by Silver). It is unknown if Snake has any martial arts skills, though he seems to have some skills when he tried to land a punch on Mr. Miyagi, which Miyagi later countered during a second confrontation on Miyagi's bonsai shop. Snake was last seen at the tournament. He was disappointed and humiliated when Mike lost to Daniel.
Dennis (William Christopher Ford) is one of Silver's henchmen and Mike's cronies who help torment Daniel. He is a karate practitioner who is assigned to help Mike with his training. But Dennis is not as skilled as Mike nor Daniel, due to the fact that Daniel easily defeated him during a second confrontation on Miyagi's bonsai shop and a sparring match against Mike on the Cobra Kai dojo, in which he lost. Dennis rarely speaks. He only has two lines throughout the entire movie.
Mrs. Milo (Frances Bay) is the negative old lady that lives in the same apartment building as Daniel. She was seen in the first movie remarking how this place was a dump and how she was a New Jersey native like Daniel, specifically Parsippany. Daniel exclaims that is also home to his Uncle Louie, but the only man named Louis she knew from there does not have the surname of Larusso. She is also seen in the third film, greeting Daniel upon his return from Japan with bad news. She lost her residence alongside the Larussos as their apartment complex changed ownership.
Uncle Louie (Joseph V. Perry) is Daniel's uncle and Lucille's brother-in-law. During the events of The Karate Kid part 3, he becomes ill and Lucille returns to New Jersey to care for him. Louie has his namesake son, Louie LaRusso Jr., appearing in Cobra Kai. He is Italian-American.
Milos (Jan Triska) is Terry Silver's butler.
Margaret (Diana Webster) Terry Silver's secretary. She sees Mike Barnes when he first is introduced to Terry Silver. After Barnes departs, Margaret tells her boss that Mike Barnes is an obnoxious unbearable young man.
The Announcer (Rick Hurst) is the announcer of the All Valley Under-18 Karate Championships tournament in The Karate Kid Part III.
Karate Kid actor Ralph Macchio does not appear as Daniel LaRusso in this film.
Julie Pierce (Hilary Swank) is a troubled teenage girl who lost her parents in a car accident. Mr. Miyagi is an old friend of her grandmother and agrees to spend time mentoring Julie (who has become violent and unmanageable). At first, Julie wants nothing to do with him. Over time, however, she learns to accept him as a teacher. Like Daniel, Julie is bullied by a gang in her high school. In this case, however, she becomes the target of Ned and The Alpha Elite after she rejects Ned's sexual advances. With the skills and self-confidence that Mr. Miyagi instills in Julie, she is able to stand up to Ned when a fight at the docks takes place (while the rest of Ned's gang and Col. Dugan watch on) and comes out victorious. When Ned loses, Col. Dugan tries to get the other members of the Alpha Elite to fight her, but they all refuse, thus showing that they finally gained respect for her.
Col. Paul Dugan (Michael Ironside) leads a JROTC-style program, the Alpha Elite, at Julie's school, and his style of instruction and morals he instills upon his students are very similar to those of John Kreese from the earlier films. In the last scene at the docks after Miyagi and Julie rescue Eric from being beaten up anymore, Col. Dugan and Mr. Miyagi engage in a fight. Mr. Miyagi easily defeats him, and as it seems that Mr. Miyagi will land one last fatal blow to Col. Dugan, he humorously blows on his nose and lets him drop to the ground (in the same style that Mr. Miyagi defeated Kreese at the start of the second movie) where his students look down at him with disappointing looks.
Louisa Pierce (Constance Towers) Julie's grandmother and only known living family member. She and Mr. Miyagi knew each other for many years since her late husband was a good friend of Miyagi during and after World War II. She was later sent to stay at Miyagi's home in Los Angeles so that he could look after and teach her granddaughter the techniques of virtue and discipline through karate and she also makes tacos for Julie's birthday.
Eric McGowen (Chris Conrad) A new student who joins Col. Dugan's group to someday become accepted into the Air Force Academy. He shows infatuation when in Julie's presence, even up to occasionally teasing her at times just for her to warm up to him. Although Julie initially disliked him (on account of him being part of Col. Dugan's ruthless group), she begins to bond more with him after he watches over her hawk, Angel as a favor when she was away for training. While he and Julie are at a school dance, he is confronted by Ned after a stunt went wrong. Ned then challenges him in front of the school, and while Eric wants to fight, Julie stops it. Later that night while Eric is dropping Julie off at home, Ned breaks the windows of Eric's car. While Julie runs inside to get Mr. Miyagi, Eric drives to the docks to confront Ned; however, he is ambushed by Col. Dugan and the rest of Ned's gang. They all then have a hand in beating Eric; he is then saved by Miyagi and Julie as they arrive.
Abbot (Arsenio "Sonny" Trinidad) The Abbot is the lead monk of the monastery, as well as a kind, patient man, but one with limits. For example, when Julie tries to kill a cockroach, he leads the rest of the monks in a vow of shunning, refusing to speak with Julie; in turn, Julie learns their vow to respect all living things. When Julie apologizes and brings him a Praying Mantis as a gift, the Abbot is grateful, calls off the shunning, and helps Miyagi train Julie. Later on, he and the monks inadvertently startle Julie while preparing to show a surprise birthday cake to her. Once they finished singing happy birthday, the Abbot says she is allowed one wish and one gift. Julie uses her wish to ask if some of the monks could come to visit her back home (which they grant, after consideration). As for the gift, they, along with Miyagi, give a demonstration of Zen Archery.
The Abbot is later seen with two other Monks approaching Julie's house, the Abbot bearing a gift to Miyagi. When Eric comes to pick up Julie, they, along with Miyagi, play the role of overprotective parents to see if Eric wouldn't take advantage of her. While Julie and Eric are at Prom, Miyagi at the behest of the monks takes them bowling. They inadvertently start a confrontation with the local player, but decide to settle it with a wager; the monks use their Zen abilities to win the game, which in turn wins the bet, and the player, humbled by his defeat, bows in respect. Later on, they teach him Zen bowling as a token of friendship. The Abbot is last seen among the monks, warning Miyagi of Ned attacking Eric and Julie after they returned home from the prom.
It is unclear if the Abbot is Ichiro from The Karate Kid Part II, as they are both played by Arsenio "Sonny" Trinidad. However, it is implied when Miyagi mentions to Julie, before introducing her to the monks, that they are Miyagi's old friends.
Ned Randall (Michael Cavalieri) is a skilled academy student and gang leader of the Alpha Elite with bullying tendencies. He constantly tries to flirt with Julie, only to be rejected by her multiple times. As a response to the rejections, he does whatever he can to make Julie's life miserable like getting her almost suspended from school by lying to Col. Dugan that Julie was smoking, causing her to shove him and storm off. Later, after he sees Eric with Julie at the dance and when he sees them kiss in Eric's car, he smashes the car windows and challenges him to a fight. After he and the other members of his gang beat up Eric, Julie and Mr. Miyagi find them and leave with Eric, only to be stopped by Ned who tries to grab Julie. They both fight and Julie manages to defeat him. When Col. Dugan tries to force the others to fight Julie, they all refuse, as they have gained respect for her. After Col. Dugan was defeated by Miyagi, Ned expresses his disappointment in him, saying "You said, you had all the answers, Colonel. You were wrong."
Towards the end of the film, Ned demonstrates a degree of morality that indicates he wasn't entirely a bad person. When Dugan orders the boys to finish Eric off, Ned's expression indicates that he was shocked and reluctant to harm someone when they're incapacitated. Also, when Colonel Dugan tells him to "put her away" before fighting Julie, Ned looks at Dugan with a shocked expression before reluctantly agreeing. This demonstrates that while he'd be happy to beat someone up, he may have qualms about harming anyone to the point of disabling or potentially killing someone.
Charlie (Walton Goggins) One of Ned's friends and a fellow student of the Alpha Elite. After witnessing Col. Dugan putting so much pressure onto Ned of severely beating Eric McGowan at the docks, he sympathizes with Ned that he doesn't have to keep going at it. Col. Dugan then tries to force him to fight Julie (along with the other members) but he also refuses to fight after Ned is defeated by her. He is much like Cobra Kai student Bobby Brown from the original film.
Tall Monk (Jim Ishida)
Monk (Rodney Kageyama)
Buddhist Monk (Seth Sakai)
Mr. Harold Wilkes (Eugene Boles) Is the principal at Julie's school.
School Clerk (Kenna Keel)
Gabe (Tom O'Brien)
Morgan (Thomas Downey) One of Ned's friends and a member of the Alpha Elite. He later leaves Dugan after he loses to Mr. Miyagi and for slapping him in the face when he refused to fight Julie after she defeated Ned.
Karate Kid actor Randee Heller, reprised her role as Lucille LaRusso (Daniel's mother) in this season.
Amanda LaRusso (Courtney Henggeler) is Daniel's wife and co-owner of LaRusso Auto Group. While she is fully supportive of her husband's return to karate, Amanda is instrumental in moderating her husband's animosity toward Johnny and encouraging at least the beginning of a reconciliation. Furthermore, she is instrumental in encouraging Daniel to not only forgive his protege, Robby Keene, for hiding that he is Johnny's son but also become Robby's coach again during the All-Valley tournament.
In Season 2, LaRusso Auto Group has gone into a slump, which Amanda and Daniel reverse by accomplishing a herculean task of selling ten cars in one day. However, she is not happy when Daniel spends more time developing Miyagi-do Karate than helping her manage their dealership chain. When one of their best salesmen, Anoush Noruzi, expresses his grievances, they are brushed aside by Daniel. After Daniel blows off lunch with Anoush, Anoush quits and gets headhunted away by rival car dealer Tom Cole. When Daniel tries to reconcile by taking his wife out to a Mexican restaurant, he is surprised to see Johnny at the same place with Carmen Diaz. Amanda defuses the situation by suggesting Carmen and Johnny should double date with them.
The rivalry of the dojos escalates, culminating in an all-out karate war on the first day of school. When the dust settles, Miguel is hospitalized with severe spinal injuries after Robby accidentally kicks him over a railing and sends him falling off the second floor, while Sam is also hospitalized with broken ribs and lacerations on her right arm from her fight with Tory. Amanda furiously puts her foot down and forces Daniel to give up his intention of Cobra Kai's demise, as well as stop Miyagi-Do and karate activities to prevent any future incidents.
In Season 3, Amanda and Daniel struggle to keep LaRusso Auto Group operating as the high school karate war has damaged their reputation due to Robby's affiliation with Miyagi-Do and actions against Miguel during the school karate war. When she learns of Kreese's students attacking Sam and breaking Demetri's right arm, Amanda attempts to get Cobra Kai shut down legally, but only receives a restraining order after slapping Kreese with Amanda filing a restraining order against Kreese. Amanda approves of Miyagi-Do reopening to stop Cobra Kai.
Miguel Diaz (Xolo Maridueña) is an Ecuadorian American teenage asthmatic with low self-esteem and is Johnny's neighbor. While shopping for Pepto-Bismol for his grandmother at a strip mall in Reseda, he is attacked by a group of rich bullies led by Kyler after accidentally foiling their plans to buy beer. The bullies nickname him "Rhea" after noticing the bottle of Pepto-Bismol and dump it all over him. When the bullies shove him onto Johnny's car, Johnny attacks them, beating them senselessly before he is arrested. Miguel becomes Johnny's first student in the new Cobra Kai dojo. Aside from learning karate, he is the dojo's housekeeper and website administrator. Though initially reluctant and mocking towards him, Johnny quickly comes to care for Miguel, becoming a father figure to him, despite objections from his mother.
When Daniel's daughter Sam confronts Kyler over vicious rumors he spread about her after she fought off his attempt to date rape her, Miguel beats up Kyler and his clique, gaining popularity in the school and earning Johnny's gi as the fight leads to an influx of new members to Cobra Kai. Despite Johnny's warning that he should avoid the LaRussos, Miguel begins dating Sam. Unfortunately, they break up after four months of dating when Miguel wrongly suspects Sam of cheating on him with Daniel’s student and Johnny's estranged son, Robby Keene, leading to an altercation in which Miguel accidentally punches Sam. Cobra Kai's thuggish philosophy begins to affect Miguel's values and he becomes much more violent and ruthless, to Johnny's eventual disapproval, especially when Miguel fights dirty against Robby in the All-Valley.
In Season 2, Miguel is devastated when he is blocked by Sam on social media. Friction develops between Johnny and Miguel when Miguel finds out the truth about Robby's parentage after seeing Robby’s photo on Johnny’s refrigerator. Johnny makes amends with his star pupil by telling him the story of Robby's birth and how he was never there for him to his regret. He promises to do better by Miguel than he ever did with Robby. Miguel is also wary of Kreese, noticing inconsistencies in Kreese's stories about his supposed military exploits during the '80s and '90s. He vehemently disapproves of Kreese's style of teaching, and when he finds out that Hawk's gang trashed Miyagi-Do and stole Mr. Miyagi's Medal of Honor, he defeats Hawk in a brutal fight during a competition at Coyote Creek and returns the medal to Robby at Daniel's home, but not before appalling Johnny with his ruthlessness by delivering an aggressive finishing kick to Hawk (which Johnny realizes is a result of Kreese's teaching).
Miguel develops a relationship with new Cobra Kai student Tory Nichols, but he still has feelings for Sam, culminating in him kissing her at a party after she learns from Aisha the truth about the medal (which Robby had withheld from her). The act is seen by Tory, who challenges Sam to a fight in school the next morning. In the ensuing rumble, Miguel once again battles Robby and even taunts him by mocking his relationship problems with Johnny and Sam. After a lengthy fight, Miguel eventually gets Robby in a submission hold and nearly decides to break his arm, but chooses to show him mercy and even apologizes to him after remembering a conversation where Johnny expressed regrets over not teaching him the difference between mercy and honor. However, Robby, furious at Miguel for having a better relationship with his father Johnny than he ever did and taking advantage of Sam at Moon’s party as well as the events of the 2018 All-Valley Tournament, furiously retaliates by accidentally kicking Miguel over a balcony railing and sending him off the second floor. Miguel hits his back on the stair railing as he lands, paralyzing him and leaving him in a coma. Robby is horrified at the fact that he accidentally crippled Miguel and flees the scene while Sam, Hawk, and a police officer check on an unconscious Miguel.
In Season 3, when Miguel wakes up from his coma, he is initially resentful to Johnny for his predicament about showing mercy, and angrily tells him to leave, but slowly reconciles with him when the latter becomes personally involved in his physical rehabilitation. Several people pitch in to pay for Miguel's surgery, Johnny by stealing and pawning a modern art sculpture from his stepfather, Bobby using proceeds from his church, and Sam by organizing a car wash fundraiser, although the Cobra Kais decide to initiate conflict with the Miyagi-Dos by mugging Nathaniel and stealing the proceeds to donate in their own name.
Under Johnny's mentorship, Miguel is able to gain full function of his legs. As Johnny has been kicked out of Cobra Kai by Kreese in the wake of the school brawl, he and Miguel open a new martial arts dojo, Eagle Fang, with students Kreese had ejected from Cobra Kai for their perceived weaknesses. He also cuts his ties with his Cobra Kai friends after finding out about the vengeful and aggressive activities they have been doing under Kreese while he was away, particularly Hawk breaking Demetri’s right arm during the laser tag fight. This act wins over Sam, who resumes her romance with Miguel and gets her father to connect with him when he catches them making out in the Miyagi dojo. Daniel is surprised to find common ground with Miguel over their shared upbringings (coming from a poor, single-parent family, being bullied by wealthier kids, and finding guidance through karate) and agrees to let them continue dating. Miguel also works with Sam to save the All Valley tournament, and aids her in creating an alliance between Eagle Fang and Miyagi-Do, helping them fight off the Cobra Kais when Tory leads them in an assault on the LaRusso residence. In the fight, Miguel is singled out for a one-on-one fight with Kyler, who seeks payback for the lunchroom fight. Kyler brutally beats Miguel and initially has the upper hand due to Miguel only having recently recovered from being crippled by Robby during the school brawl, but Miguel gains a second wind when he remembers all of Johnny's encouragement when he was hospitalized, and quickly knocks out Kyler with a takedown counterattack.
Miguel returns to his mother's apartment to tend to his wounds from the fight, which is how Johnny finds him when he shows up at the Diaz apartment seeking to declare his love to Carmen. An enraged Johnny immediately sets out to Cobra Kai to confront Kreese, as does Daniel. Miguel and Sam manage to chase them down, showing up at Cobra Kai just as Daniel is about to finish off Kreese, bringing him and Johnny to their senses. Miguel and Sam are just as dismayed as Daniel and Johnny to learn that Robby has firmly sided with Kreese.
During the aftermath, Johnny and Miguel bring their fellow students to the Miyagi dojo to help train both dojo's students.
Samantha "Sam" LaRusso (Mary Mouser as a teenager; Reese TinLee as a young child) is Daniel and Amanda's 16-year-old daughter, who was taught karate by her father at a young age. She hangs out with the other rich, popular girls at her high school. Her relationship with her father is strained by his meddling in her potential relationship with Kyler, but they reconcile after Sam sees Kyler bully Miguel's friend group, and subsequently ends their relationship after he tries to grope her in a movie theater. When Kyler begins spreading rumors about her, Sam is left briefly friendless, with Yasmine and Aisha refusing to allow her to sit with them at lunch. Miguel eventually defends her and defeats Kyler's clique in an all-out fight, impressing her. Sam is smitten with Miguel but has to keep their relationship a secret from her parents because of her father's history with Cobra Kai. A series of assumptions and misunderstandings lead Miguel to believe that Sam is ashamed of him and is involved with Robby. During a party at a beach, Miguel attempts to pick a fight with Robby but accidentally hits Sam instead. Sam is upset with Miguel and breaks up with him. After a second confrontation with Miguel at the All Valley Tournament, a depressed Sam returns home and resumes her own karate training, although she does reconcile with Aisha after she apologizes to Aisha for her former association with Yasmine and laughs about Yasmine’s front wedgie incident.
In Season 2, Sam blocks Miguel from her Instagram and bonds with Robby as they continue their training in Miyagi-Do Karate. However, her friendship with Aisha sours after Daniel indirectly slights Cobra Kai in his Miyagi-Do Karate commercial and Cobra Kai crashes Miyagi-Do Karate's presentation at the Valley Fest in retaliation. She eventually starts a relationship with Robby, but continues to have lingering feelings for Miguel. This leads to a heated rivalry between her and Miguel's new girlfriend Tory Nichols. During a party at Moon's house, Sam beats Tory in a drinking contest, but she ends up in a drinking binge, and drunkenly and accidentally kisses Miguel when he seeks her out in private, after learning from Aisha that he had returned Miyagi's Medal of Honor (which Hawk had stolen, and Robby withheld from her), which is noticed by Tory. When the police arrive to break up the party, Robby brings her to Johnny's apartment to sleep off her hangover.
On the first day of school, an enraged Tory challenges Sam to a fight in retaliation for the kiss, which sparks a karate war between both Cobra Kai and Miyagi-do members. Despite sustaining broken ribs and injuries during the fight, Sam defeats Tory, but not before Tory manages to slash her right arm with a spiked bracelet while trying to disfigure her face. When Miguel is subsequently and accidentally knocked over a railing by Robby and paralyzed, Sam is one of only two combatants (the other being Hawk) to run to his side. She is hospitalized, and when her parents show up, is only concerned about Miguel's well-being and cries about Miguel’s injuries accidentally caused by Robby.
In the aftermath of the school karate war, Sam and all of the other participants are suspended from school for two weeks (except for Tory and Robby who were expelled from school for their actions against Sam and Miguel respectively). By the start of Season 3, Sam has recovered from her injuries, but suffers from post-traumatic stress disorder and survivor's guilt from her confrontation with Tory and watching Miguel's fall, having regular flashbacks and nightmares. She is also ostracized by most of the student body with the exception of Moon and the Miyagi-Do students.
While Daniel goes on a trip to Japan to save his and his family’s dealership, Sam decides to restart Miyagi-Do in response to continued attacks from Cobra Kai, much to her mother's disapproval. To show forgiveness to the enemy, she organizes a car wash fundraiser to pay for Miguel's surgery after she learns from him that his family cannot afford the bills. Hawk's gang take offense at Miyagi-Do's gesture, and retaliate by mugging Nathaniel and stealing the fundraiser money to donate in their own name. Sam retaliates by encouraging the Miyagi-Dos to foul the Cobra Kais during a soccer match, but Hawk and his gang catch onto them and foul them back, culminating in the referee sending both groups to the principal's office. Sam is enraged when Hawk exploits Counselor Blatt's fixation on political correctness to talk her into letting the Cobra Kais off with no consequences while punishing the Miyagi-Dos twice, yelling "This school sucks!" before storming off, reminiscent of her father.
Sometime later, Hawk's gang decides to harass a Miyagi-Do student, Chris, while he is working at the Golf 'n Stuff. Chris texts Sam, who brings the Miyagi-Dos to ambush the Cobra Kais in the adjacent laser tag arena. The Miyagi-Dos initially have the upper hand until Tory suddenly arrives with reinforcements. She calls out to Sam, who abruptly suffers a panic attack and withdraws from the fight. Frozen in terror, she is helpless to prevent the Cobra Kais from turning the tide of battle, and can only watch as Tory and others goad Hawk into breaking Demetri's right arm. Sam is confronted by her mother after taking Demetri to the hospital, who stops short of lecturing her again when she breaks into tears and explains what happened, prompting an enraged Amanda to storm into Cobra Kai and slap Kreese.
Sam's PTSD begins to worsen in light of the attack on Demetri, with her nightmares now including one where Tory drowns her in the Miyagi-Do pond. She initially refuses to help her parents when they decide to reopen Miyagi-Do to combat Kreese. Stunned by the rejection, Daniel realizes that he has fallen out of touch with his daughter, and at Amanda's suggestion, takes Sam on a fishing trip. After getting her to open up, he later brings her to the All Valley Sports Arena, the venue of the All Valley Tournament, and describes how his fear nearly cost him his victory in his match against Mike Barnes in the 1985 tournament, and how Miyagi's encouragement helped him overcome said fears. Now in better spirits, Sam rejoins Miyagi-Do, training with her father using a new technique she learned from the fishing trip, sparring with bo staffs.
When Miguel returns to school, Sam runs into him in the halls and decides to renew their romance upon learning he has disassociated himself from the Cobra Kais in light of Demetri's injuries. When word gets out that the city has canceled the All Valley Tournament in the wake of the recent karate violence and the school brawl, Sam is outraged, thinking that the tournament is the best means for Miyagi-Do to restore their reputation, which has been tarnished by Robby's actions against Miguel during the school brawl. When Miguel takes the podium to make an impassioned speech to convince the council members to let the tournament go on, she goes to his side to provide moral support.
While celebrating their victory at Miyagi-Do, Sam and Miguel share a toast before engaging in a playful bout of sparring, which soon becomes intimate. However, as they are about to kiss, Robby shows up looking for a place to crash, and furiously accuses Sam of dumping him for Miguel the moment he went off to juvie. When Miguel tries to insert himself into their argument, Robby tries to attack him, but Sam steps in and shoves him away. Furious, Robby ends his relationship with Sam and storms off, while Sam is left devastated and questioning how well she knew Robby.
The next day, Daniel catches Sam and Miguel making out on the dojo floor in the midst of a friendly sparring session. While embarrassed to be caught, Sam stands her ground and encourages her father to get to know Miguel when he brings up her past failed relationships. After doing so, Daniel gives Sam his blessing for her to continue dating Miguel, but half-jokingly warns them to keep their "sparring" to a minimum.
Sam realizes that the best way to defeat Cobra Kai will be to convince their dojos to merge, but this will be difficult when their senseis are at odds with one another. To do this, Sam gathers the Miyagi-Dos at her house under the false pretense of a Christmas keg party while her parents are having a dinner reunion with Ali at the Oaks Country Club, and has Miguel bring the students of Eagle Fang over under the same pretense. While Sam has difficulty convincing Miyagi-Do and Eagle Fang to cooperate, Demetri manages to convince Eagle Fang to hear them out by pointing out that their division is exactly what Cobra Kai wants.
The two dojos have finalized a table meeting to discuss the details of their merger when Tory and Kyler lead a gang of Cobra Kai students in an attack on the house at the suggestion of Kreese. Sam initially retreats out of fear of Tory, only to be cornered in Daniel's dojo. Tory kicks Sam to the ground before attacking her with a pair of nunchucks. When Tory breaks a portrait of Mr. Miyagi, however, Sam regains her resolve and fights back with a bo staff, borrowing a lesson Miguel mentioned learning from Johnny that "the best defense is more offense". After a drawn-out duel, Sam is able to disarm Tory and holds her at bay while Miguel, Demetri and Hawk arrive to help Sam.
Realizing her dad is likely on his way to kill Kreese in response to the attack, Sam grabs Miguel and rushes to Cobra Kai, arriving just as Daniel is about to finish off Kreese. Both teenagers are as dismayed as their senseis to find that Robby has firmly sided with Kreese.
In the aftermath of the house fight and Daniel and Johnny’s fight with Kreese, Sam and Miguel are seen together training with the other Miyagi-Do and Eagle Fang students to prepare for the tournament against Cobra Kai to determine which dojos will remain in the Valley.
Anthony LaRusso (Griffin Santopietro) is Daniel and Amanda's eleven-year-old son. He is a rather spoiled, demanding, and gluttonous child, which has led to him becoming incredibly obese, who spends the majority of his time playing video games. Anthony refuses to learn karate from his father, finding it boring. It is revealed during the show that he was an unintended pregnancy after what was supposed to be a karate session between Daniel and Amanda.
Anthony is sent to summer camp throughout Season 2.
In Season 3, Anthony is thinner and appears to play soccer.
Carmen Diaz (Vanessa Rubio) is Miguel's mother and works at a hospital as an x-ray technologist. She married at age 18 but left her husband after learning that he was making money doing illicit activities. Carmen (then pregnant with Miguel) and her mother Rosa fled Ecuador to seek safety in America. The trio has moved frequently and was living in Riverside before moving to Reseda. Carmen opposes violence, and it takes some convincing by Johnny for her to allow Miguel to continue with his training. Carmen is nervous and worried about Miguel being hurt or losing during the All Valley karate championship, but she and Rosa attend the tournament to cheer for him.
In Season 2, Johnny starts developing feelings for Carmen but discovers that she is dating a British man named Graham. One night at a bar, while having drinks with a Tinder date, Johnny overhears Graham not taking his relationship with Carmen seriously and confronts him to end the relationship. A few days later, Johnny takes Carmen out on a date at a Mexican restaurant, unaware that Daniel and Amanda are also having their date there. As Johnny and Daniel's animosity for each other cools down, Carmen teaches Johnny how to dance. After Miguel is severely injured by Robby in a fight, Carmen breaks up with Johnny.
In Season 3, Carmen and Johnny reconcile when the latter becomes physically involved in helping with Miguel's rehabilitation, but has her reservations about Miguel training again. Despite this, when the All Valley Tournament is in danger of being terminated, Carmen urges Johnny to save the tournament after realizing how much the tournament has helped both Miguel and Johnny. After Miguel and Sam save the All-Valley tournament, Carmen and Johnny enter a romantic relationship, with the pair uncertain about it becoming serious due to how it could impact Johnny's relationship with Miguel.
Rosa Diaz (Rose Bianco) is Miguel's grandmother and Carmen's mother. Though she understands and speaks some English, she mostly speaks in Spanish throughout the series. Unlike Carmen, Rosa is supportive of Miguel's karate training. This extends to protecting Miguel from his mother finding out that he was involved in a fight at school and defending Johnny when Carmen blames him for Miguel being crippled by Robby during the school brawl.
Robert Swayze "Robby" Keene (Tanner Buchanan) is Johnny's estranged 16-year-old son and only child.
In season 1, Robby drops out of school when he gets in trouble for drugs, after which he and his friends Cruz and Trey spend their days engaged in petty theft as seen when they are stealing laptops from Tech Town. Johnny tries to reconcile with him at the apartment he lives at with his single mother, but he rebuffs him by adamantly refusing to go back to school as well as angrily pointing out the fact that Johnny had abandoned him for 16 years and tells him to leave.
To spite his father, Robby begins working at LaRusso Auto Group. Despite his original ulterior motive, Robby grows to appreciate Daniel's faith in him and turns against his miscreant friends by fighting them off with his newfound karate skills and a security camera when they try to rob the dealership. Robby becomes Daniel's Miyagi-Do karate student and flourishes under this tutelage. When Daniel finds out that Johnny and Robby are father and son after a furious Johnny violently shoves Daniel against the wall and breaks one of his All-Valley trophies, he furiously banishes Robby from his home and business as punishment for his dishonesty.
Undaunted, albeit saddened, by this rejection, Robby enters the All-Valley tournament with no affiliation and advances towards the finals, impressing Daniel. This, combined with Amanda's encouragement to forgive the boy for his previous mistakes and Robby's apology for his deception about his parentage and strained relationship with Johnny, convinces Daniel to officially become Robby's sensei again and allow Robby to fight under the Miyagi-Do name during the final match. Robby sustains a shoulder injury from Hawk's illegal attack during the semi-finals and ultimately finishes second to Miguel, who exploits Robby's shoulder injury to win a close match. Impressed with Robby's performance and disgusted with his students' increasingly thuggish behavior, Johnny apologizes to Robby, who politely accepts it, implying that Robby still cares about Johnny somewhat despite their strained relationship. Regardless of this loss, Daniel praises Robby's performance and takes him to Mr. Miyagi's old rest house to explain his plans to restart the Miyagi-Do dojo with Robby as his senior protege.
In Season 2, Robby moves in with the LaRusso family after his mother leaves with her boyfriend and is evicted from their apartment due to unpaid bills. He and Sam bond closely while training and enter a short relationship. After Robby takes Sam to Johnny's apartment after getting drunk at a party, Daniel accuses Robby of following the footsteps of his father and cuts ties with Johnny and Robby by saying that Robby has lost his trust and kicking Robby out of his home. With his mother in rehab and his relationship with Daniel tarnished, Robby is forced to live with Johnny, and the pair slowly start to reconcile, though Robby is devastated about his relationship with Daniel being tarnished and confesses to Johnny on his first day at school that he hopes that Daniel and Johnny can learn from each other so they can get along eventually. During the karate war between the Cobra Kai and Miyagi-Do students at school, Robby once again battles Miguel, who taunts Robby by mocking his relationship problems with Johnny and Sam. After a lengthy fight, Miguel eventually traps Robby in an arm lock, intent on breaking his arm, but decides to let go of him after remembering Johnny's advice of showing mercy and apologizes. However, Robby, furious at Miguel for having a better relationship with his father Johnny than he ever did and seemingly taking advantage of Sam at Moon's party, furiously retaliates by kicking Miguel repeatedly until he goes over the balcony railing, accidentally sending him falling off the second floor and crashing spine-first on a stair handrail, rendering him paralyzed and unconscious. Shocked and horrified at the fact that he inadvertently crippled Miguel, Robby runs off while Sam, Hawk, and a police officer check on an unconscious Miguel.
In the aftermath of the school brawl in season 3, Robby is expelled from school for crippling Miguel and goes into hiding for several weeks, stealing a used Dodge Grand Caravan from the LaRusso dealership and living out of a homeless camp. Daniel discovers that Robby is visiting his mother Shannon in rehab and arranges to have the police arrest him, believing that Robby will get a lighter sentence if he surrenders. However, Robby angrily accuses Daniel of betraying him and ends their relationship by coldly telling Daniel not to visit him in juvenile hall. During his incarceration at a juvenile detention center, Robby feels abandoned when Johnny reluctantly misses the appointment to visit him due to being occupied with helping Miguel’s family pay for Miguel’s surgery and is visited by Kreese, who convinces him of the philosophy of striking first. Taking Kreese's lessons to heart, Robby defeats a group of inmates who have been repeatedly harassing him, winning their respect. Robby is soon released from juvenile hall, but rebuffs both Daniel and Johnny when they arrive to pick him up due to his resentment towards both of them (Daniel for turning him into the police, and Johnny for missing a planned visit to be with Miguel's family).
When he goes to the Miyagi dojo, seeking a place to crash, Robby discovers Sam having a friendly sparring session with Miguel, and is furious to find she has no regrets over having cheated on him with Miguel while she was drunk. When Miguel comes to Sam's defense, Robby tries to punch him, but Sam intervenes when she catches the punch and shoves him away. Furious, Robby ends his relationship with Sam and heads over to Cobra Kai, where Kreese agrees to take him in, so he can begin grooming Robby to be one of his top students alongside Tory.
While Robby only intends to stay the night, Tory convinces him to stay with Cobra Kai, with the two befriending each other and finding common ground in each other's broken home lives and their own betrayals from Johnny, Sam, and Miguel, as well as their resentment towards their expulsion from school and probation for their roles in the school brawl. As the newest member of Cobra Kai, Robby proves himself to Kreese and the rest of the Cobra Kai students except for Hawk after stealing a snake from the zoo.
While Tory leads the Cobra Kais that night in an attack on the LaRusso house, Kreese keeps Robby behind at the dojo to train him. When Johnny shows up at the dojo to confront Kreese over the attack on Miguel, he is horrified to see Robby wearing a Cobra Kai gi and fights them both, unintentionally knocking Robby out by pushing him into a set of lockers. Daniel joins the fray, and he and Johnny defeat Kreese before Miguel and Sam intervene to talk them out of killing him. When Robby regains consciousness, he coldly orders Daniel, Johnny, Miguel, and Sam to leave before continuing his training with Kreese. Having cut all ties to Miyagi-do, Kreese vows to make Robby one of his star pupils alongside Tory.
Shannon Keene (Diora Baird) is Johnny's ex-girlfriend and Robby's mother. She is shown to be rather neglectful of her son, barely noticing him effectively quitting school or his criminal behavior. Shannon resents both Johnny's absence and his attempts to be present. She is also an alcoholic and spends most of her time at bars, hoping to find a rich man to marry her.
In Season 2, Shannon leaves Robby alone in their apartment to spend the summer with a boyfriend in Cabo San Lucas. Her boyfriend assures him that he has paid the rent and the utility bills, but Robby discovers this as a lie, as he moves to the LaRussos' home after receiving an eviction notice. By the end of summer, Shannon shows up at the LaRussos' home, begging Robby for forgiveness for all the mistakes she has made over the years, and decides to check herself into rehab. She also recommends that Robby seek out Johnny, as both his parents care for him.
In Season 3, Shannon is in a rehab facility where Daniel and Johnny visit her to ask where Robby may be hiding. During their search, Robby visits her, and Shannon tips off Daniel, who arranges for the police to show up.
Sid Weinberg (Ed Asner in S1 eps. 1 and 8 and S3 ep. 3; Michael H. Cole as the younger 1970s Sid in S1 ep. 6) is Johnny Lawrence's stepfather and a retired film producer. While Sid loved Johnny's now-deceased mother, Laura, he disliked Johnny and made no secret of the fact that he despised having to support Johnny financially. Sid's outlet for this support was a relationship with Johnny that was based entirely on verbal abuse, making Johnny's well-to-do life in Encino psychologically unbearable. It was this troubled relationship with Sid that led Johnny to turn to both Cobra Kai as an alternative family, and to Kreese as an alternative father figure (who would ultimately replicate Sid's pattern of abuse).
Because Sid promised Laura on her deathbed that he would support Johnny, he perpetually had to bail him out of trouble with the law. After a resentful Sid reluctantly bails Johnny out after the fight with Kyler and his gang, Sid offers Johnny a check with an undisclosed sum of money to disown him and buy him out of his life, which Johnny initially tears up and rejects, saying he would rather die homeless than accept money from his stepfather. However, when Johnny realizes he needs funds to build his dojo, he tapes the check back together and uses the money to rent vacant space in a Reseda strip mall. By the middle of Season 1, when Cobra Kai becomes a successful business, Johnny returns all of the money to Sid and vows never to return.
Though Sid does not appear in season 2, he is mentioned in a flashback when a teenage Johnny is crying to Kreese about being verbally abused by Sid. An unsympathetic Kreese coldly retorts by telling Johnny to stop crying and ordering him to chant that he is a winner.
In Season 3, Johnny approaches Sid to help fund Miguel's surgery and even resorts to blackmailing Sid for an undisclosed sexual harassment incident involving his secretary, only for Sid to rebuff him without remorse. In retaliation, Johnny steals one of Sid's valuable art sculptures and pawns it to pay for Miguel's surgery.
Laura Lawrence (Candace Moon) is Johnny Lawrence's mother. Although she married Sid to give Johnny a comfortable lifestyle, Johnny is miserable living with his stepfather. He was very close to his mother, who died shortly before Robby was born in 2002.
Eli Moskowitz (Jacob Bertrand) is Demetri's friend in school. He is a victim of cyberbullying due to his cleft lip surgery scar. Eli is initially quiet, shy, and sensitive, and he is told by doctors that he may be on the autism spectrum. He joins Cobra Kai, where Johnny nicknames him "Lip" due to his scar, but he takes Johnny's advice of "flipping the script" and undergoes an attitude change. Eli cuts his hair into a mohawk, gets an eagle with a mohawk tattooed on his back, developing a much more aggressive and rather antagonistic personality, and is dubbed Hawk by Johnny. In the 2018 All Valley Under-18 Karate Championships tournament, Hawk is disqualified for dishonorably attacking Robby from behind before the round begins in a very similar fashion to Bobby from the first film; unlike Bobby, he was unapologetic for his actions.
In season 2, Hawk serves as the secondary antagonist. He is reprimanded by Johnny for his actions during the tournament. Despite this, he becomes more aggressive and forms his own gang with some of the newer students. Hawk's friendship with Demetri crumbles after the latter joins Miyagi-do and posts a negative review of Cobra Kai on Yelp. Demetri is confronted by Hawk and his gang at the mall, but they are defeated by Sam and Robby. As a result, his girlfriend Moon breaks up with him for beating up Demetri. Encouraged by Kreese, Hawk and his gang vandalize the Miyagi-do Karate dojo and Daniel's prized 1948 Ford Super DeLuxe convertible, stealing Mr. Miyagi's Medal of Honor in the process. During a training exercise in Coyote Creek, Miguel learns of Hawk's crimes and defeats him in a match, taking the medal with him and returning it to Daniel via Robby. During a party at Moon's house, Demetri makes an effort to reconnect but is rebuffed and humiliated when Hawk pours booze over his head. Demetri subsequently calls out Hawk by telling everyone at the party about his former days as a nerd. Hawk loses it when Demetri brings up his sleep enuresis and leads a standoff between the rival students before the police break up the party. On the first day of school, Hawk takes advantage of a scuffle with Tory and Samantha to incite a gang fight between the dojos. In the fracas, Hawk targets Demetri with unrelenting viciousness but is defeated by him when Demetri kicks him and sends him crashing into a trophy case. Following the fight, Hawk turns against Johnny and sides with Kreese when he takes over Cobra Kai, openly blaming Johnny for Miguel's injuries caused by Robby.
In season 3, Hawk continues his antagonistic streak but becomes increasingly conflicted with his loyalty to Cobra Kai as Kreese slowly phases out the remaining holdouts from Johnny's Cobra Kai. He questions some of Kreese's decisions including removing several students for their perceived weakness when Bert and several other students object to feeding a hamster to a snake, as well as Kreese recruiting Hawk's former bullies Kyler and Brucks into the dojo, with the former replacing Mitch and the latter being subject to a vicious beating from Hawk. In addition, Hawk is pressured into breaking Demetri's right arm during a brawl which he does with some obvious reluctance, costing him his friendship with Miguel when Miguel finds out about it.
When Kreese recruits Robby to Cobra Kai, Hawk adamantly and furiously disapproves of him being enrolled in Cobra Kai due to his actions against Miguel during the school brawl, but Kreese shows no sympathy. While at the zoo to steal a Chinese Cobra for Kreese, Hawk, Tory, Kyler, Robby, and several other students are chased out thinking that they have failed due to Kyler forgetting the snake pole, but Robby returns with the snake, earning him the respect of the rest of the Cobra Kai students except for Hawk (due to Hawk still harboring resentment for Robby’s actions against Miguel during the school brawl).
After being shunned over his behavior by both Miguel and Johnny, as well as realizing the errors of Kreese's teachings, Hawk realizes his mistakes and redeems himself by breaking away from Cobra Kai during Tory's assault on the LaRusso residence, coming to Demetri's defense and reconciling with Demetri. Using a variant of the wheel technique that had been used against Hawk by Sam and Robby in the mall fight, Hawk and Demetri then take down several Cobra Kai students together. Tory threatens Hawk to watch his back, but Demetri and the Eagle Fangs stand by Hawk's side. Hawk reconciles with Miguel and Johnny and joins Eagle Fang Karate. When Miyagi-Do and Eagle Fang subsequently begin training together to defeat Cobra Kai, Hawk and Demetri stand together as they start.
Aisha Robinson (Nichole Brown) is Samantha LaRusso's best childhood friend. She is the daughter of Isaiah Robinson (Chris Mason), a hall of fame linebacker for the San Diego Chargers. Even though Aisha comes from a wealthy family, she is left out by Yasmine's clique due to her size and intellectual personality. Her friendship with Sam becomes strained when the latter joins Yasmine's clique and Aisha becomes an object of ridicule in school after Yasmine posts a fat shaming video of her during the Halloween dance. As a result, Aisha becomes the target of relentless bullying at school. In response, she attempts to enroll in the Cobra Kai dojo, but Johnny tells her that the dojo does not allow women. Miguel, however, talks him into letting Aisha in, as the dojo needs more students and Aisha's family is loaded. Johnny quickly warms to Aisha after seeing her powerful attack against Miguel, calling her a "natural Cobra." When Sam becomes an outcast due to Kyler spreading rumors and lies about her, Aisha is unsympathetic and refuses to allow Sam to sit with her at lunch due to her resentment towards Sam's failure to stand up for her earlier.
Later, upon learning online that Yasmine is hosting a birthday party at the canyon park, Aisha gets everyone she knows in school to attend before Yasmine and her clique arrives, thus ending Yasmine's control of the gathering. During the party, Aisha further exacts her revenge on Yasmine by giving her a front wedgie. Later, during the quarterfinals of the All Valley Under-18 Karate Championships tournament, Aisha is eliminated early by Xander Stone but earns back Sam's respect. Samantha reconciles with Aisha when the former apologizes to the latter for her former association with Yasmine. Sam and Aisha laugh about Yasmine’s front wedgie incident and Sam is inspired by Aisha to get back into karate training.
In Season 2, Aisha has gotten in better shape, and her parents have praised Johnny for helping her follow her father's athletic footsteps. Aisha's friendship with Samantha becomes strained again when Daniel insults Cobra Kai in his Miyagi-do Karate commercial, and Cobra Kai crashes Miyagi-do Karate's presentation at the Valley Fest. Aisha becomes close friends with Tory and is angered when Sam accuses Tory of stealing her mother's wallet (actually the work of Trey and Cruz). A reconciliation is made when Aisha apologizes for the trashing of the Miyagi-Do dojo, also revealing to Sam in the process that Miguel recaptured Mr. Miyagi's stolen Medal of Honor from Hawk and returned it to Robby (a fact Robby lied to Sam about earlier as he suspected being truthful would reignite her feelings for Miguel). Aisha is noticeably absent at Cobra Kai when Kreese seizes the dojo from Johnny after Miguel is crippled by Robby during the school brawl, implying that she did not approve of Kreese’s takeover of Cobra Kai from Johnny. It is revealed by Moon at the start of season 3 that Aisha's parents withdrew her and transferred her to a private school, also selling their house, to help their family recover from the aftermath of the school brawl. Yasmine is pleased due to her resentment towards Aisha over the front wedgie incident, though tempers her satisfaction when Moon brings up that Sam is not taking Aisha's departure well.
Demetri (Gianni DeCenzo) is Eli's best friend and a member of Miguel's high school friend group. He is a very sarcastic and underconfident nerd and has a fixed mindset towards physical activities. Demetri quits on his first day of Cobra Kai training after Johnny bodyslams him for mouthing off, but he continues to support Miguel. He is shocked and confused about how Hawk's change of style suddenly turned his life around. Hawk explains that it's not him alone changing his style, rather it being this new attitude he's developed, advising Demetri to do the same. At the end of the tournament, he tells Miguel that he considers rejoining Cobra Kai.
In Season 2, Demetri attempts to rejoin Cobra Kai, but Kreese punches him in the face after he makes unflattering comments on his arm tattoo and then touches it. As a result, Demetri opts to join Miyagi-Do, and also posts a negative review of Cobra Kai on Yelp in response to Kreese's actions, earning him Hawk's wrath. He tests Daniel's patience with his whininess, neuroticism and numerous excuses about his weak arms and legs. Demetri struggles to learn the ways of karate but gets a confidence boost after Daniel tells him that he has the gift of anticipation, which slightly increases his confidence. During a party at Moon's house, Demetri attempts to reconcile with Hawk, but Hawk responds by dumping his drink on Demetri, having been enraged by Moon's coming out as a lesbian. Later in the party, Demetri does a public roast of Hawk in front of all of the guests, revealing embarrassing stories from their childhood. During the student rumble at school, Demetri initially tries to avoid participating in the fight by summoning a teacher, but when the teacher retreats out of fear of injury, he is reluctantly forced to take on Hawk. After a short fight, Demetri defeats Hawk by kicking him and sending him crashing backwards into a trophy case.
In Season 3, Demetri's newfound confidence coupled with his more confident personality causes his popularity among classmates to rise, and he eventually enters into a romantic relationship with Yasmine. He continues as part of Miyagi-Do and continues to suffer bullying from an increasingly repentant Hawk, with Hawk breaking Demetri's right arm at one point, albeit with some reluctance. When given the chance to break Demetri's arm again during the brawl at the end of the season, Hawk instead comes to his best friend's defense and reconciles with Demetri. Demetri and Hawk then fight side-by-side against the Cobra Kai students, taking down several together. When a defeated Tory threatens Hawk, Demetri tells her that Hawk's friends have his back. Shortly thereafter, Miyagi-Do and Eagle Fang begin training together to take down Cobra Kai and the reconciled Hawk and Demetri stand together.
Bert (Owen Morgan) is a diminutive junior student of Cobra Kai. On the day of the All Valley Under-18 Karate Championships tournament, he tells his teammates that he saw a drunk Johnny rambling due to being depressed about discovering Daniel teaching Robby karate, urinating on his own car and yelling, "We are all gonna die!", but he never thought of telling them earlier because he thought it was a normal way for Johnny to act. Bert is eliminated in the first round, but Johnny and the other Cobra Kai students remark Bert was horribly outmatched as he was facing a much bigger opponent. He is also seen with all the Cobra Kai students mixing concrete as punishment from Johnny for the overconfident attitude of his class in wake of winning the tournament. When Samantha and Robby attend an end-of-summer party hosted by Moon, they are shocked to see all the Cobra Kai students there, even Bert. Moon reveals she invited all Cobras and Miyagi-Do students in an attempt to foster peace between the dojos.
During the student brawl at the end of Season 2, Bert fights Nate, a former Cobra Kai student who defected to Miyagi-Do, until both boys are taken away from the hallway by one of the security guards.
Early in season 3, Kreese expels Bert and a bunch of other students from Cobra Kai after he displays hesitation at feeding a hamster to a snake. Miguel recruits Bert and the other outcasts from Cobra Kai into Johnny's new dojo, Eagle Fang Karate. After Miyagi-Do and Eagle Fang begin training together to take down Cobra Kai, Bert and Nathaniel shake hands before standing together.
Kyler (Joe Seo) is a high school boy from a wealthy Korean-American family originally from Irvine. One night, he and his gang bully Miguel at a strip mall but are attacked by Johnny. When Daniel learns that Sam is developing a relationship with Kyler, he invites Kyler over for a family dinner, where he notices that Kyler has bruises from the fight. Kyler lies about what happened to make it sound like Johnny jumped him, prompting Daniel to confront Johnny over the attack and the reformation of the Cobra Kai dojo. It turns out that Kyler is only interested in Sam for the purpose of having sex with her. He tries to make advances on her, but she dumps him after seeing him and his gang bully Miguel and his friends in the library. He subsequently attempts to date-rape her in a darkened movie theater, but she fends him off, punching him in the face. In retaliation, he spreads nasty rumors about her alleging her to be promiscuous. Sam confronts him several days later in the school cafeteria about the matter and prepares to beat him up in front of the entire school. Before she can, Miguel steps in and defeats Kyler and the other members of his gang. Afterward, Kyler is hesitant to cross any of the Cobra Kais, as shown in a later episode when he tries to encourage Yasmine's posse to relocate after the Cobra Kais decide to crash the spot where Yasmine was planning to throw her birthday party.
In season 3, Kreese recruits Kyler into Cobra Kai, much to Hawk's disapproval. Kyler passes his tryout, beating Mitch in his initiation fight by falling back on his wrestling training. However, Brucks does not follow Kyler, as Kreese rejects him after Hawk caves his face in, an act that also intimidates Kyler. He also continues to bully students at school, notably drawing a penis on Demetri's cast. Later in the season, Kyler is sent by Kreese with Robby, Hawk, and Tory to steal a cobra from the zoo. The mission nearly fails as Kyler, stressed out about his math grades, forgets to bring a snake pole along, but Robby manages to get the cobra while they are not looking, winning Kyler's respect. That night, Kyler and the other Cobra Kai students attack Miyagi-Do & Eagle Fang students at the LaRussos' house. Kyler singles out Miguel for a vicious beating, seeking payback for the cafeteria fight. Despite Miguel only having recently recovered from being paralyzed in the school fight, he eventually gets a second wind and knocks Kyler unconscious.
Brucks (Bo Mitchell) is Kyler's obese and rather dimwitted best friend. He is often heard saying, "That's brute, Ky!" while Kyler harasses and assaults Miguel. After he, Kyler, and the rest of their clique are defeated by Miguel, they leave Miguel, Demetri, and Eli alone.
In Season 3, he is recruited into Cobra Kai alongside Kyler by Kreese, but is beaten to a bloody pulp by Hawk during his tryout.
Louie LaRusso Jr. (Bret Ernst) is Daniel's cousin and a LaRusso Auto Group sales agent. He is portrayed as a childish and unprofessional man who seems to enjoy living off of his cousin's success and setting people up. Louie's antics range from allegedly running a casino in the break room at Daniel's dealership to dishonestly assigning tasks to the newly employed Robby that could get him fired, such as tricking him into starting a car in the dealership's showroom during a sales event. In retaliation for the vandalism of one of the LaRusso Auto Group's billboards by Johnny, Louie hires a group of bikers to destroy Johnny's car in Daniel's name, but the bikers are beaten up by Johnny, who finds out from Louie where Daniel lives and takes one of the motorcycles to confront Daniel over the incident. Louie is subsequently fired for his actions by Daniel.
In Season 3, with the dealership struggling in light of the school brawl, Daniel is forced to rehire Louie. Louie has cleaned up his act, and become more responsible and professional, although he is still prone to slipping into his oafish antics. He reveals to Daniel and Amanda that Robby stole a minivan after the school rumble using the dealership's inventory database.
Anoush Norouzi (Dan Ahdoot) is a LaRusso Auto Group sales agent.
In Season 2, Anoush is transferred from the Encino branch to the North Hollywood branch. After being attacked by Johnny, who is looking for Robby, Anoush leaves LaRusso Auto Group to join Cole's on Van Nuys when he is offered a better position by Tom Cole. Daniel is unable to offer Anoush a counter offer after he stands Amanda and Anoush up at an important lunch meeting due to his focus on his Miyagi-do Karate students.
In Season 3, Anoush has come to resent working for Cole, who does not treat him respectfully and does not even bother to remember his name. Out of spite, he tells Louie about how Cole is convincing Doyona to cut their ties with LaRusso Auto Group. As a reward for his inside information and loyalty, the LaRussos rehire him to work for them.
Counselor Blatt (Erin Bradley Dangar) is the high school guidance counselor and vice-principal. She has known Daniel and Ali from their high school days. She is not very competent at her job, being focused on using progressive-sounding buzzwords and performative gestures while turning a blind eye to bigger issues like classism, bullying, sexism, and racism. As such, she is unable to properly read a situation, to the point that Hawk is able to manipulate her into letting him get away with bullying because he knows how to use her vocabulary to play the victim card well enough while she punishes other students for swearing.
Yasmine (Annalisa Cochrane) is the leader of a clique of popular girls at West Valley High. She takes pleasure in cyberbullying Aisha and looking down at less privileged students. One night, while driving with Moon and Sam, she accidentally collides with Johnny's parked car (outside the All Valley Sports Arena) when she is distracted by texting. The girls flee the scene after a drunk Johnny scares them off. Later, Yasmine kicks Sam out of her clique after Kyler begins spreading rumors about her as retaliation for her fending off his attempt to date-rape her.
Later in the season, Yasmine plans a birthday party at the beach, but Cobra Kai ruins her plans by hosting a party there first. While Kyler tries to suggest that they relocate their party to another location, Yasmine tries to intimidate Aisha, who retaliates by giving her a front wedgie.
Yasmine is not seen in Season 2, but it is mentioned by Moon that she is in France for the summer. Aisha, still harboring resentment and anger toward Yasmine, angrily states to Moon: "Tell her she can stay in France."
Yasmine returns in Season 3 and remains antagonistic, although she repairs her friendships with Moon and Sam. She develops a crush on Demetri and is dismayed when Hawk "accidentally" ruins Demetri's science project at lunch. She later is seen taking sympathy on Demetri after Kyler vandalizes his cast, writing an innuendo-laden compliment over Kyler's doodle of a long penis. Late in the season, she and Demetri enter into a relationship, with Sam and Miguel catching them making out in the hallway at one point.
Moon (Hannah Kepple) is a member of Yasmine's popular girl clique. She has a new-age hippie fashion sense and is also attracted to Hawk. When the Cobra Kai students hold a party at the canyon park to prevent Yasmine from hosting her planned birthday party there, Moon apologizes to Aisha for her previous behavior and is then banished from Yasmine's clique right before a vengeful Aisha gives Yasmine a front wedgie in retaliation for her cyber-bullying. At the All Valley tournament, Moon sits with Demetri and cheers for Hawk.
In Season 2, Moon enters into a relationship with Hawk, but breaks up with him for attacking Demetri at the mall over a negative review on Cobra Kai he posted on Yelp. Later in the season, with tensions rising between Miyagi-Do and Cobra Kai, Moon tries to get members of the two dojos to reconcile by throwing a party at her house, which backfires horribly. It is at this party that Hawk learns that Moon has moved on and now has a girlfriend named Piper.
In Season 3, after the school rumble, Moon and several other students take a neutral stance and partake in peaceful protests for the Cobra Kai and Miyagi-Do students to become friends. Moon also pitches in when Sam starts a car wash fundraiser to help pay for Miguel's surgery. Hawk winks at Moon during a soccer game, who ignores it and flirts with a different boy instead. Demetri, under Sam's orders for Miyagi-Do to foul the Cobra Kais, also taunts Hawk about his relationship woes and losing Moon before tripping him.
Nestor (Vas Sanchez) runs Reseda Flats Mini Mart at the strip mall. He displays no regard for hygiene by handing Johnny a slice of pizza with his bare hand and without a paper plate. He is seen in later episodes, one time approving a sale of beer to Hawk as he fails to detect Hawk's "Walter Hawkman" fake ID; another time remarking to Johnny he may have to close up shop as their landlord doubled their rent. He also gets insulted by Kreese when they both buy beer at his mini-mart before Daniel confronts the two.
Lynn (Susan Gallagher) (colloquially known as Homeless Lynn among fans and the media) is a homeless woman who hangs around the strip mall. Johnny hires her to hold a sign to let passers-by know about the Cobra Kai dojo. She is also seen harassing Moon and Yasmine for money at the parking lot.
In Season 3, Johnny encounters Lynn at a soup kitchen where Robby is doing community service.
Tom Cole (David Shatraw) is the owner of Cole's Autos on Van Nuys, a rival automotive dealership. Daniel confronts him over his latest commercial that copies LaRusso Auto Group's concept. When Tom insults Daniel over his billboard that Johnny vandalized, Daniel responds by kicking boba tea out of his hand.
Cole is not seen in season 2, but it is mentioned that a lot of Daniel's employees have left LaRusso Auto Group to work for Cole, including Anoush, due to Daniel neglecting his dealerships and standing Amanda and Anoush up at an important lunch meeting.
In Season 3, with LaRusso Auto's reputation damaged by Robby’s affiliation with Miyagi-Do and actions against Miguel during the school fight, Cole approaches the LaRussos with the intent of buying out their Van Nuys location after convincing Doyona to void their contract with the LaRussos. However, his efforts are undone when Anoush, bitter over being disrespected by Cole, "lets slip" to Louie his boss's plans, and is rewarded by getting his old posting at LaRusso Auto.
Rhonda (Carole Kaboya) is Sid's caregiver, who is a target of Sid's verbal abuse. She is seen as being a fan of Judge Judy .
Armand Zarkarian (Ken Davitian) is an Armenian-American real estate tycoon. Armand and Daniel are the only members of the Encino Oaks Country Club who come from a lower-class background and earned their own money instead of inheriting it.
Facing stiff competition from Tom Cole, Daniel asks Armand to find him property in Reseda for a new dealership location; in exchange, he will have the Encino Oaks Country Club reinstate Armand's membership (which Armand lost when he got blacklisted for urinating in the country club's shower room). Armand initially offers the strip mall but backs out when he suspects Daniel has an ulterior motive for the location. Instead, he doubles the rent of the strip mall's tenants, which is actually part of Daniel's elaborate scheme to shut down Cobra Kai.
In Season 2, Armand threatens to increase Johnny's rent when the Cobra Kai dojo receives more students. He also imposes a fee on the storage room behind the dojo, even though it was part of the lease Johnny signed. In the end, Armand backs down his demands to Johnny following a handshake deal. By the end of the season, however, it is revealed, that Armand made a secret deal with Kreese to take the dojo away from Johnny when Johnny was visiting his dying friend Tommy after Miguel is severely injured by Robby during the school brawl.
In Season 3, Armand agrees to a deal with Amanda to evict Kreese out of the strip mall, despite Kreese consistently paying his rent on time. He reluctantly calls off the deal, however, when Kreese beats him and his nephews up and subsequently browbeats them into admitting to being hired by the LaRussos.
Rolan Zarkarian (Alex Huff) is Armand's son. He and Anthony bicker over who has the more powerful father.
Cruz (Jeff Kaplan) and Trey (Terayle Hill) are Robby's deadbeat friends who spend their time committing petty theft. Earlier in the series, Cruz sports a mustache, but he shaves it off after being mocked by Johnny. Upon learning that Robby landed a job at LaRusso Auto Group, they ask him to obtain the PIN of the dealership's garage so they can steal some car parts. When Robby refuses to give them the passcode and turns against them, Cruz and Trey attempt to attack him but Robby fights them off with his new karate skills. Eventually, they corner him, but quickly run away upon discovering that their activities have been recorded on a security camera.
In Season 2, Robby once again confronts Cruz and Trey at the Oaks on the Beach Country Club when he catches them stealing wallets, but he is knocked out by a new third member of their gang named Derek. Daniel steps in to incapacitate the gang and save Robby. Robby has the whole confrontation recorded on his phone, but Daniel asks him not to use the footage to promote Miyagi-Do Karate, reminding him that karate is only for defense and protection.
In Season 3, Cruz and Trey are shown to be in prison. Johnny and Daniel visit them and force them to reveal information on Robby's possible whereabouts. When Trey and Cruz refuse to cooperate and make fun of Johnny for his injuries during the parking lot fight, Johnny slaps Cruz twice and leaves him with a bloody nose before Trey tells them to check out Tech Town for more clues on Robby's whereabouts as they used to scam customers at Tech Town when they were friends with Robby. As Daniel and Johnny leave to find Robby, Cruz complains that he is bleeding and Trey asks Cruz if he is crying.
Daryl (Keith Arthur Bolden) is an African-American member of the All Valley Committee and the announcer for the 2018 All Valley Under-18 Karate Championships. He suggests changing the tournament's colors from red and white to blue and gold to improve the tournament's declining attendance numbers. Daryl also admires Cobra Kai for being "a badass name for a dojo". Not to be confused with Darryl Vidal.
Ron (Matt Lewis) is a senior member of the All Valley Committee. Despite Daniel's vehement objections to lifting the lifetime ban on Cobra Kai from competing at the All Valley Tournament, Ron opts to let Johnny make his case and put the matter to a vote. He, Daryl, and Sue ultimately outvote Daniel and George to lift the ban. In Season 3, when the All Valley Tournament is in jeopardy of being canceled in light of the school rumble, Ron makes a personal visit to Daniel at the Miyagi-Do dojo to convince him to use his status as a two-time karate champion to fight the cancellation.
Sue (Cara AnnMarie) is the only female member of the All Valley Committee. She admonishes Daniel for his insensitivity when Johnny is under the notion Kreese is deceased. After listening to Johnny admit that Cobra Kai indeed had past sins and explains what he hopes to accomplish, states that their community could use more men like him, which Johnny greatly appreciates.
George (Kurt Yue) is an Asian-American member of the All Valley Committee. He is a close friend of Daniel and supports his vote on keeping Cobra Kai banned from competing in the All Valley Under-18 Karate Championships, but they are outvoted by Daryl, Ron, and Sue.
Xander Stone (Talin Chat) represents the Topanga karate school and is the defending All Valley Under-18 Karate Champion. He is eliminated in the semi-finals by Miguel, but takes his loss like a gentleman, bowing to Miguel.
Patricia Stone (Suehyla El-Attar) is Xander's mother. She sits next to Amanda during the All Valley Under-18 Karate Championships.
Mrs. Jenkins (Linda Boston) is the Vice-Principal of North Hills High School. She often contacts Shannon about Robby's disciplinary issues, such as constant truancy. However, when Shannon is nowhere to be found, Mrs. Jenkins contacts Johnny instead, informing him his son was caught with an illegal drug. Johnny chastises Robby over the phone for this behavior, warning him he will be throwing his life away, to which Robby retorts in that case "he will turn into his father".
Mr. Palmer is a Science teacher at West Valley High School. In season 1, he is the teacher of a biology class where Miguel and Demetri take Sam in during a fetal pig dissection lab. In season 2, Demetri tries to get him to help break up the school brawl, but refuses after another teacher gets flipped, commenting “they don't pay [him] enough.” After Mr. Palmer refuses help Demetri break up the school fight, Demetri is reluctantly forced to take on Hawk.
Judy (Kylie Delre) is a rich woman who gets into a heated argument with Johnny in episode 1 after he mounts her TV on the wrong wall in her house. During the argument, he tells her to "stop bitching" at him, which she misinterprets as him calling her a bitch; this incident gets him fired from his old job as a handyman. Judy makes a return in Season 2 as one of Johnny's Tinder dates. Remembering the last time they met, she storms out of the restaurant, swearing off dating apps.
Actors from The Karate Kid, Rob Garrison (Tommy), Ron Thomas (Bobby Brown), Tony O'Dell (Jimmy), and Randee Heller (Lucille LaRusso) made guest appearances during this season.
Tory Nichols (Peyton List) is a student who joins Cobra Kai in Season 2 and becomes Miguel's love interest after he breaks up with Sam. When Tory was a child, her mother worked at a restaurant and would bring home leftovers so that Tory and her brother had enough to eat. When the restaurant manager found out, he fired Tory's mother without warning because it was against company policy to take leftovers home (even though, Tory states, it wasn't stealing because the food would go to waste). This experience made Tory believe that the world shows no mercy and that people have to fight in a destructive way for what they want.
When she arrives at the Cobra Kai dojo, she introduces herself as "Tory... with a 'y'". She is a strong fighter who impresses both Johnny and Kreese with her abilities. She becomes friends with Aisha and enters a relationship with Miguel, but develops a heated rivalry with Sam after an incident at the beach club where Sam suspects Tory of stealing her mother's wallet (actually the work of Trey and Cruz, Robby's former criminal accomplices). Her animosity towards Sam is further deepened when she finds out that Sam is Miguel's ex-girlfriend, and her insecurity over the fact that Miguel still has feelings for Sam leads her to strike out at Sam any time she sees them together. After seeing Miguel accidentally kissing Sam at Moon's party, Tory challenges Sam to a fight in school and is the only student skipping her first period class. Amidst the confusion, the students of both Cobra Kai and Miyagi-do Karate fight each other. Despite using dirty tactics and a spiked bracelet wrapped around her fist, Tory loses to Sam in the fight, but not before cutting Sam's right arm. She eventually turns against Johnny and sides with Kreese following the coup at Cobra Kai.
In Season 3, Tory is expelled from West Valley for instigating the school karate war and maiming Sam, placed on unsupervised probation, and is forced to take on a day job waitressing at a sushi restaurant to make ends meet for her struggling family as her mother is undergoing dialysis, and is constantly harassed by her seedy landlord, Rodney, who is extorting her for sex and reminding her that he could contact her probation officer and send her to juvie if she misbehaves. Kreese approaches Tory, needing her back at the dojo, and secures her loyalty by threatening her landlord. She later serves as Kreese's star student and stops at nothing to exact her revenge on Sam. Tory and Miguel eventually break up after he disagrees with her desire for revenge against Miyagi-do. Upon finding out that Sam has gotten back together with Miguel and helped him save the All-Valley Tournament, Tory chooses to lead her Cobra Kai gang in an attack on the LaRusso household, engaging the students of Miyagi-Do and Johnny's new dojo Eagle Fang Karate. She singles out Sam, chasing her into the Miyagi-Do dojo and attacking her with nunchucks. When Tory breaks a portrait of Mr. Miyagi, however, Sam regains her resolve and fights back with a bo staff, disarming Tory with Sam defeating Tory a second consecutive time. She attempts to escalate the situation, only to be betrayed by Hawk in the process. Tory leaves, but not before vowing revenge on Hawk, Miguel, and Sam. While Tory is depicted as ruthless, she is also shown to draw the lines at certain levels of brutality, with a visible look of shock when Hawk beats Brucks's face to a bloody pulp during Bruck's 'trial match' for Kreese's Cobra Kai.
Raymond "Stingray" (Paul Walter Hauser) is a hardware store employee. One day, he bonds with Johnny after seeing him wearing a Metallica shirt, commenting that he is also a fan of 1980s heavy metal music before selling him a replacement mirror for the Cobra Kai dojo. After watching a Cobra Kai demonstration at the Valley Fest, Raymond enrolls in the dojo to become the oldest student on the roster. Initially known as "Chubbs" by Johnny, he "flips the script" on his own lifestyle by braiding his beard and calling himself Stingray. After the summer break, Stingray attempts to get a job as a security guard at West Valley High. When the student rumble breaks out, and the principal calls for help, Stingray wades into the battle, demonstrating karate moves and blatantly only targeting the Miyagi-Do students while congratulating Hawk with a high-five.
Stingray initially sides with Kreese after his takeover of Cobra Kai, but in the fallout of the fight, he is fired from his security guard job, arrested, put under probation, and has a restraining order imposed on him, forbidding him from coming within 500 feet of minors, meaning he can no longer attend Cobra Kai.
Mitch (Aedin Mincks) is a student who joins Cobra Kai with Chris in season 2. Hawk later nicknames him "Ass Face", which he sees as a term of endearment rather than a pejorative insult. During his training, he becomes one of Hawk's lackeys. Mitch eventually turns against Johnny and sides with Kreese after Kreese takes control of the dojo.
During the course of Season 3, Mitch joins Hawk in beating up Nathaniel, in order to steal money for Miguel's fundraiser from Miyagi-Do. Despite Mitch's loyalty to the dojo, Kreese expels him after he loses a sparring match to Kyler. Mitch is subsequently recruited by Miguel to Johnny's new dojo, Eagle Fang, and is eventually reunited with Chris after Miguel works out an alliance with Sam between Eagle Fang and Miyagi-Do.
Chris (Khalil Everage) is a student who joins Cobra Kai with his best friend Mitch. Both of them become lackeys of Hawk, but Chris becomes troubled by his thuggish antics. When Daniel confronts Johnny and Kreese over the vandalism of the Miyagi-do Karate dojo, Chris joins several students in defecting to Daniel's dojo, showing himself a scrupulous person causing a rift between him and Mitch throughout the season. Demetri initially does not get along with Chris due to the latter's past involvement in Hawk's gang, but with encouragement from Daniel after Daniel explains that he was a Cobra Kai member and tells his students the story of how his personality was negatively affected by the Cobra Kai culture when he reluctantly trained with Terry Silver in 1985 due to Mike Barnes forcing him to compete in the 1985 tournament (from The Karate Kid Part III ), they both reconcile with each other and learn to work together to lift a rock back up.
In Season 3, Chris is openly harassed by Cobra Kai at his job, prompting him to call Sam for reinforcements. After Mitch's removal from Cobra Kai, the pair reconcile and train under Eagle Fang Karate.
Nathaniel (Nathaniel Oh) is a diminutive junior student of Cobra Kai. He joins Chris and several other students to jump ship to Miyagi-do Karate. During the student rumble at the end of Season 2, Nathaniel fights Bert until both boys are taken away from the hallway by one of the security guards.
In Season 3, Nate is tasked to take the money collected from Miyagi-Do's fundraising car wash and deliver it to pay for Miguel's surgery, but Hawk's gang attacks him and takes credit for the payment. Bert reconciles with Nate after being kicked out of Cobra Kai by Kreese.
Doug Rickenberger (John Cihangir) is a minor character in Cobra Kai season 2. He serves as a supporting antagonist in Cobra Kai season 3. He is one of the Cobra Kai students and a member of Hawk's gang in Season 2.
Sunny Mitchell (Kathleen Hogan) is the host of the annual Valley Fest.
Sandra Robinson (Kim Fields) is Aisha's mother. At the Oaks on the Beach Country Club, she boasts about how Cobra Kai changed her daughter's life for the better.
Mrs. Moskowitz (Caroline Avery Granger) is seen in a flashback where she urges West Valley High over the phone to do something about the cyberbullying inflicted on her son, Eli about his facial deformity. She is then told that the school will make an announcement, much to Eli's dismay.
Big Red (Christopher Ryan Lewis) is an uncredited and minor character in Cobra Kai. He is affiliated with Cobra Kai under John Kreese.
Mikey (Chris Schmidt Jr.) is a minor character in Cobra Kai. He is one of the Cobra Kai students and the second-in-command of Hawk's gang and a supporting antagonist in the second season and was a minor antagonist in the third season.
Graham (Alex Collins) is a British man who dates Carmen. When Johnny overhears Graham saying that he plans on dumping Carmen after "a few bangs", Johnny attacks him outside the bar. After being told to never go near Carmen again, Graham promises to ghost her before Johnny walks away.
Piper (Selah Austria) is Moon's new girlfriend. She attends the end-of-summer party hosted by Moon. Little known about her but she and Moon have started to date after the latter broke up with Hawk when she found out about him bullying Demetri, over his Yelp review on the Cobra Kai dojo.
Melissa (Gena Shaw) is a woman who hits on Johnny at the bar while he is in the middle of messaging Ali on Facebook. Johnny ultimately decides against it, however, Melissa's accidental bump into him causes him to inadvertently send the message. She flirts with Johnny the same way he described to Miguel as the way to hit on a girl back in his day. She and Johnny spend time drinking together and have a lot in common. However, their night ends abruptly when Johnny sees an opportunity to confront Graham while he is urinating outside due to the men's room being out of order. Melissa is disappointed when Johnny doesn't ask for her number before he leaves thereafter.
Cutter (Stephan Jones) is a construction worker who loans Johnny his cement mixer truck for the Cobra Kai students to manually rotate the drum as part of their strength training.
Actors from The Karate Kid and The Karate Kid II, Elisabeth Shue (Ali Mills), Ron Thomas (Bobby Brown), Tamlyn Tomita (Kumiko), Traci Toguchi (Yuna), and Yuji Okumoto (Chozen Toguchi) all made guest appearances during this season.
Shawn Payne (Okea Eme-Akwari) is a juvenile detainee. In the juvenile detention center, he eventually sets his sights on Robby, mocking his relationships with Sam and Johnny, taking his pillow, ripping his book apart, and unplugging a computer. After security splits up a fight between the two, he and Robby showed mutual respect towards each other for not snitching on one another.
Rodney (Grayson Berry) is Tory's apartment complex landlord. He constantly harasses Tory for rent, until Kreese forces him to quit the harassment by nearly cutting his finger off with a cigar cutter.
David (Jesse Kove) is a college varsity captain in 1965. When he is given a flyer to join the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War, David crumples it and throws it to the diner floor; Kreese picks it up and decides to enlist. David and his friends bully John Kreese throughout high school until Kreese sees him slap Betsy. In retaliation, Kreese beats up David and his gang and wins Betsy's heart.
Betsy (Emily Marie Palmer) is Kreese's love interest. Originally David's girlfriend, she leaves him after Kreese beats David and his friends down at the back of the diner for hitting her. During Kreese's tour of duty in Vietnam, it is revealed in a letter that Betsy is killed in a car accident in Pasadena. Capt. Turner does not notify Kreese of Betsy's death until both men are forced by their Vietcong captors to a deathmatch above a snake pit.
Captain George Turner (Terry Serpico) is Kreese's commanding officer during the Vietnam War. Having learned Tang Soo Do during the Korean War, he teaches his team his style of self-defense, which would eventually be the foundation of Cobra Kai karate. In 1969, Turner and his team are given a covert operation to sneak into and destroy a Vietcong compound, but they are captured after Ponytail fails to leave the target area and Kreese hesitates to detonate the bomb placed by Ponytail. Just before engaging in a deathmatch above a snake pit, Turner reveals Betsy's death to Kreese. During their fight, U.S. Air Force planes bomb the compound, causing the Vietcong to flee the area as Turner hangs on the bridge for his life. He begs Kreese to help him up, but Kreese forces him to fall to his death. Kreese's experiences with Turner would lead to him becoming the ruthless and merciless man he is today.
Ponytail (Seth Kemp) is one of John Kreese's old Vietnam buddies. Alongside Kreese and Terry Silver, Ponytail joins Captain Turner's group. After the group is captured in their failed operation, Ponytail is shot dead by the Vietcong.
Councilperson Roberts (Zele Avradopoulos) is the city councilmember who wanted to ban the All-Valley Under 18 Tournament. Eventually, after being unanimously outvoted thanks to Miguel and Samantha's speech, she relents, given that the students must sign a waiver.
Dee Snider (himself) is a heavy metal singer-songwriter best known as the lead vocalist of the band Twisted Sister. Johnny manages to let Miguel through security, telling them that Miguel has terminal cancer. During the show, Snider acknowledges the presence of Miguel under the false pretense that he was sent by the Make-A-Wish Foundation.
Thomas Ian Griffith from The Karate Kid Part III (Terry Silver) will appear in this season.
Devon (Oona O'Brien)
Kenny (Dallas Dupree Young)
Dre Parker (德瑞帕克 Déruì Pàkè, Jaden Smith), like Daniel LaRusso and Julie Pierce, goes into training for self-defense after being bullied. Dre was originally from Detroit, Michigan. However, Dre and his mother move to Beijing, China, to start a new life after his mom gets a job transfer. Dre's mother was thrilled about Beijing, although Dre wasn't particularly thrilled about the move. Shortly after moving to Beijing, Dre immediately fell in love with a pretty young violinist named Mei Ying. Soon after in the movie, he kissed her as well. It was obvious that she had mutual feelings for Dre; however, a local bully and kung fu prodigy named Cheng attempted to keep them apart. Afterward, Cheng continually tormented Dre until he was stopped by Mr. Han. After Mr. Han's interference, Dre began to learn kung fu from Han when Cheng's Shifu, Master Li, challenged them to a fight, which forced Dre to compete in the upcoming 'Open Kung Fu Tournament.' At the tournament, Dre managed to defeat Master Li's students and ultimately Cheng himself. After his victory, Dre had earned the respect of Cheng and his friends. Like Johnny in the original movie, Cheng personally presented the trophy to Dre.
Mr. Han (Jackie Chan) – A Chinese maintenance man who becomes Dre's Shifu. He is based on Mr. Miyagi from the original films. The film follows the same storyline as the original, and several lines and actions are repeated from the original. Unlike Miyagi, he lacks his sense of humor and lightheartedness and appears more conflicted and depressed. He is also shown to have a car in his living room and is fixing it. However, Han is a practitioner of kung fu, and elements of his backstory differ from Miyagi's, such as the circumstances surrounding his wife's and son's death. In this version, Han tells Dre that while they were driving in his car, he was distracted by an argument with his wife and they crashed, killing them, and he's guilt-ridden over it. Every year, he smashes the car after fixing it on the date of their deaths and fixes it again after that to repeat the cycle, hoping to relieve his guilt somehow. He continues to train Dre for the Kung Fu tournament.
Sherry Parker ([雪莉∙帕克; Xuělì Pàkè, Taraji P. Henson) - She is the mother of Dre Parker. She is played by Taraji P. Henson.
Cheng (陆伟程 Lù Wěichéng, Zhenwei Wang) – is the former main villain in The Karate Kid (2010) who is Dre's arch rival. He is a bigger student attending the same school as Dre and continually harasses him throughout the film for Dre's interactions with his possible love interest, Mei Ying. He is the top student at the Fighting Dragon studio run by Master Li, who teaches his students to treat their enemies and opponents without mercy. He also goes as far as drastically beating him in the secluded back entrance of Dre's apartment before being stopped and defeated by Mr. Han. Cheng is much like Johnny Lawrence: the bully of the school, rich, well-known, the leader of his own gang of friends (though Cheng's gang numbers 6, contrary to Johnny's gang of 5), and distressing and thrashing the protagonist. Similarly, as in the first 'The Karate Kid' film, Dre earns Cheng's respect when he beats him at the finals of the 'Open Kung Fu Tournament' and Cheng personally awards Dre the trophy and he and his friends showed Mr. Han respect. In the alternative ending, Cheng is about to get slapped by Master Li for failing the tournament and showing respect towards Dre and Mr. Han, but luckily, Han comes to the rescue by defeating Master Li in a match. This is similar to the opening scene in Karate Kid, Part II (Miyagi rescues Johnny from John Kreese) and is implied that this is how the remake of the sequel will begin, on the account that there will be a Karate Kid 2 with Jackie Chan and Jaden Smith reprising their roles, respectively.
Meiying (Wenwen Han) is Dre's love interest. She plays the violin, and gains admittance into the Beijing Academy of Music. They become close while attending a local festival. She and Dre first meet after Dre and his mother move into their apartment in China. One day at school, Dre encourages her to skip both school and violin practice for a day of fun. However, they later learn that her performance was rescheduled to later that very day, nearly causing her to be late. Although she makes the appointment, her father deems Dre to be a bad influence and instructs them to remain apart. Dre rehearses a written apology to Meiying's father, which Mr. Han had translated for him, in which he asks for forgiveness. Meiying's father accepts and promises him that Meiying will be at his tournament. At the end of the film, she is seen cheering loudly, keeping her 'pinky promise' to Dre, which was for her to be the loudest fan to cheer for him when he would win the Kung Fu tournament.
Liang (梁子浩 Liáng Zǐhào, played by Shijia Lü 吕世佳 Lǚ Shìjiā) – One of Cheng's friends and the second-best student at the Fighting Dragons studio who antagonizes Dre. Like Bobby Brown in the original film, he is more civil than the rest of Cheng's gang and the least vicious of Dre's tormenters. Later, he injures Dre's leg during the semi-finals of the tournament on Master Li's orders and deeply regrets his actions afterward. As a result of severely injuring Dre's leg, Liang gets disqualified. In the end, Liang, along with Cheng and their friends, develops a newfound respect for Dre and Mr. Han after Dre fairly defeats Cheng in the tournament. Sometimes, he also has pity for Dre and shows mercy.
Master Li (Yu Rongguang) Cheng's Kung Fu instructor. Like John Kreese, Master Li teaches his students to be ruthless and merciless towards their enemies, which includes using unsportsmanlike or illegal moves. Han tells Dre that Master Li does not teach his students real Kung Fu, but is a "bad man teaching them very bad things". When Dre and Han arrive at the Fighting Dragon studio to make peace, the bruised Cheng tells him that Han was the one who "attacked" him. Li attempts to coerce a fight from either Han or Dre, but Han instead arranges for Dre to fight at an upcoming Kung Fu tournament. During the tournament, Li instructs Liang, one of his best students, to deliver an illegal strike to Dre's leg, preventing him from continuing the tournament and allowing Cheng to win the tournament by default. Ultimately, Dre returns to the ring and ultimately defeats Cheng, much to Li's anger. Also, Master Li lost all his students to Han after losing to him in a fight. It is currently unknown what happened to him afterwards, though it is quite possible that the police eventually arrested him for his bad influencing on his students.
In the alternate ending, Master Li seeks to slap Cheng for failing to win the tournament and showing his newfound respect for Dre and Mr. Han. However, he is prevented from doing so by Han, who beats him in a fight, paralleling the beginning of The Karate Kid, Part II . Dre's mother then punches Li in the jaw as a punishment for ordering his students to attack her son.
The Karate Kid is a 1984 American martial arts drama film written by Robert Mark Kamen and directed by John G. Avildsen. It is the first installment in the Karate Kid franchise, and stars Ralph Macchio, Pat Morita, Elisabeth Shue and William Zabka. The Karate Kid follows Daniel LaRusso (Macchio), a teenager taught karate by Mr. Miyagi (Morita) to help defend himself and compete in a tournament against his bullies, one of which is the ex-boyfriend (Zabka) of his love interest Ali Mills (Shue).
Ralph George Macchio Jr. is an American actor. He played Daniel LaRusso in three Karate Kid films and Cobra Kai, a sequel television series. He also played Johnny Cade in The Outsiders, Jeremy Andretti in Eight Is Enough, Bill Gambini in My Cousin Vinny, Eugene Martone in Crossroads, Archie Rodriguez in Ugly Betty, and had a recurring role as Officer Haddix in The Deuce.
The Next Karate Kid is a 1994 American martial arts drama starring Hilary Swank as Julie Pierce and Pat Morita as Mr. Miyagi.
William Zabka is an American actor. He is best known for his role as Johnny Lawrence in The Karate Kid (1984), The Karate Kid Part II (1986) and the TV series Cobra Kai (2018–present). In 2004, he was nominated for an Academy Award for co-writing and producing the short film Most.
Mr. Miyagi is a fictional karate master from Okinawa, Japan in The Karate Kid film series. Mr. Miyagi mentors Daniel LaRusso and Julie Pierce in the films. Miyagi was played by Pat Morita, who earned an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor nomination for his performance in The Karate Kid.
The Karate Kid Part II is a 1986 American martial arts drama film written by Robert Mark Kamen and directed by John G. Avildsen. It is the second installment in the Karate Kid franchise, and is a sequel to The Karate Kid in 1984. It stars Ralph Macchio and Pat Morita. The Karate Kid Part II follows Daniel LaRusso (Macchio), who accompanies his karate teacher Mr. Miyagi (Morita) to Okinawa in aid of his dying father, only to encounter a group of bullies with long-harbored grudges against Miyagi.
Cobra Kai is an American martial arts comedy-drama streaming television series and a sequel to the original The Karate Kid films by Robert Mark Kamen. The series was created by Josh Heald, Jon Hurwitz and Hayden Schlossberg, and stars Ralph Macchio and William Zabka, who reprise their roles as Daniel LaRusso and Johnny Lawrence from the 1984 film The Karate Kid. Set 34 years later, Cobra Kai re-examines the "Miyagi-Verse" narrative from Johnny's point of view, his decision to reopen the Cobra Kai karate dojo, and the rekindling of his old rivalry with Daniel. Cobra Kai also stars Courtney Henggeler, Xolo Maridueña, Tanner Buchanan, Mary Mouser, Jacob Bertrand, Gianni DeCenzo and Martin Kove, Vanessa Rubio, and Peyton List.
Martin Kove, is an American actor best known for The Karate Kid (1984), in which he played John Kreese, the head teacher of the Cobra Kai karate dojo. He has reprised the role in two sequels, The Karate Kid Part II (1986) and The Karate Kid Part III (1989) as well as the 2018 television sequel series Cobra Kai. He also appeared as Nero the Hero in Death Race 2000 (1975), and afterward as Clem in White Line Fever (1975). He was a regular on the TV series Cagney and Lacey (1982–1988), portraying Police Detective Victor Isbecki. He appeared in Rambo: First Blood Part II (1985).
The Karate Kid Part III is a 1989 American martial arts drama film and a sequel to The Karate Kid Part II (1986). The film stars Ralph Macchio, Pat Morita, Robyn Lively, and Thomas Ian Griffith in his film debut. As was the case with the first two films in the series, it was directed by John G. Avildsen and written by Robert Mark Kamen, with stunts choreographed by Pat E. Johnson and music composed by Bill Conti. In the film, the returning John Kreese, with the help of his best friend Terry Silver, attempts to gain revenge on Daniel and Mr. Miyagi which involves hiring a ruthless martial artist and harming their relationship. The film received negative reviews, criticizing its rehashing of elements found in its two predecessors.
The Karate Kid is a 1989 American children's television series animated series which debuted on NBC's Saturday morning lineup. It starred Joey Dedio, Robert Ito, and Janice Kawaye. It is based on the Karate Kid series of films, and was produced by DIC Enterprises, Saban Entertainment and Columbia Pictures Television.
Jitsumi Gōgen Yamaguchi, also known as Gōgen Yamaguchi, was a Japanese martial artist and student of Gōjū-ryū Karate under Chōjun Miyagi. He was one of the most well-known karate-dō masters from Japan and he founded the International Karate-dō Gōjū Kai Association.
The Karate Kid, known as The Kung Fu Dream in China, is a 2010 wuxia martial arts drama film directed by Harald Zwart, and part of The Karate Kid series. It stars Jaden Smith and Jackie Chan in lead roles, and it was produced by Jerry Weintraub, James Lassiter, Ken Stovitz and Jaden's parents Will Smith and Jada Pinkett Smith. The plot concerns 12-year-old Dre Parker from Detroit, Michigan who moves to Beijing, China with his mother and runs afoul of the neighborhood bully Cheng. He makes an unlikely ally in the form of an aging maintenance man, Mr. Han, a kung fu master who teaches him the secrets of self-defense. The screenplay by Christopher Murphey was from the story written by Robert Mark Kamen for the original The Karate Kid. Unlike the original, this remake is set in China, and, despite the movie's misleading title, features Kung Fu instead of Japanese-Okinawan Karate. The film's music was composed by James Horner. It is an international co-production between China, Hong Kong, and the United States.
Daniel LaRusso is a fictional character and the main protagonist of The Karate Kid film trilogy, as well as one of the main protagonists of Cobra Kai. He is portrayed by Ralph Macchio.
The Karate Kid is an American martial arts drama multi-media franchise, created by screenwriter Robert Mark Kamen and produced by Columbia Pictures. The series follows the journey of various coming-of-age teenagers who are forced to stand up for themselves after being pushed around by bullies, usually their own age. They are aided by a mentor who teaches them martial arts so they can take on their rivals, or prove their worth in a tournament.
Johnny Lawrence is a fictional character who appears in The Karate Kid series of films created by Robert Mark Kamen. Played by William Zabka, he serves as an antagonist in The Karate Kid and as Daniel LaRusso's rival. He appeared briefly in The Karate Kid Part II, and is one of the main protagonists of the Netflix series Cobra Kai.
John Kreese is a fictional character who appears in The Karate Kid franchise created by Robert Mark Kamen. He serves as the main antagonist in The Karate Kid and Cobra Kai, and as the secondary antagonist in The Karate Kid Part III. He also appears in the opening scenes of The Karate Kid Part II. He is played by Martin Kove in most appearances.
Ali Mills is a fictional character who appears in the motion picture The Karate Kid (1984) and in season 3 of the streaming television series Cobra Kai (2021), portrayed by Elisabeth Shue.
Cobra Kai: The Karate Kid Saga Continues is a side-scrolling beat 'em-up video game based on the American streaming television series Cobra Kai. Developed by Flux Games and published by GameMill Entertainment in North America and Maximum Games in Europe, it was released for Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One on October 27, 2020, and for Microsoft Windows on January 5, 2021. The Nintendo Switch version was released in Europe on November 24, 2020. Ralph Macchio, William Zabka, Jacob Bertrand, and Gianni Decenzo reprise their roles as Daniel LaRusso, Johnny Lawrence, Eli "Hawk" Moskowitz, and Demetri respectively, while the rest of the other characters are voiced by different actors.
Kumiko is a fictional character who appears in the motion picture The Karate Kid Part II (1986) and in Season 3 of the streaming television series Cobra Kai (2021). She is portrayed by Tamlyn Tomita.
Chozen Toguchi is a fictional character who appears as the main antagonist in the motion picture The Karate Kid Part II (1986) and an anti-hero in Season 3 of the streaming television series Cobra Kai (2021). He is portrayed by Yuji Okumoto.