List of The Karate Kid characters
- 1 Daniel LaRusso
- 2 Mr. Kesuke Miyagi
- 3 John Kreese
- 4 The Referee
- 5 The Karate Kid
- 6 The Karate Kid, Part II
- 7 The Karate Kid, Part III
- 8 The Next Karate Kid
- 9 The Karate Kid (2010 remake)
- 10 References
- 11 External links
Daniel LaRusso (Ralph Macchio) The main character of The Karate Kid film series, with the exception of the fourth installment, The Next Karate Kid. LaRusso's mother is Lucille LaRusso. Due to his mom's job transfer, Daniel and his mom move to Los Angeles where Daniel was bullied by the Cobra Kai. After nearly being killed on Halloween night by the Cobra Kai after a prank gone wrong, Daniel is saved by his apartment's maintenance man, Keisuke Miyagi. After saving Daniel, Miyagi begins to teach him the ways of karate. Daniel later defeats his Cobra Kai opponents at the "All Valley Championships" despite the latter being instructed to use illegal and unethical tactics. After this tournament, Daniel seems to have won the respect of the Cobra Kai dojo. In the later movies of The Karate Kid Series, Daniel learns more from Mr. Miyagi about karate as they face new and more highly skilled enemies.
Mr. Kesuke Miyagi
Mister/Staff Sergeant Kesuke Miyagi (Pat Morita) The main supporting character through the entire The Karate Kid film series. Mr. Miyagi teaches Daniel karate in the first three movies and goes on to teach karate to Julie Pierce in the fourth installment. In his youth, Miyagi and his best friend, Sato learn karate from his father. Miyagi later fell in love with a young woman named Yukie, who was arranged to marry Sato. Upon announcing his intentions to marry Yukie, Sato felt dishonored and challenged Miyagi to a fight to the death. Rather than fight, Miyagi left Okinawa. Mr. Miyagi is a veteran of the United States Army, having served in Europe during World War II and decorated with the Medal of Honor. His wife and newborn son died at the Manzanar Relocation Camp on November 2, 1944 while he was fighting in Europe. After his family died, Miyagi had fallen into a state of drunkness and depression. Miyagi later trains Daniel in karate in his way to help him defeat the Cobra Kai, a vicious gang of karate students who bully Daniel. After Daniel succeeds, Miyagi continues to train him in karate.
Sensei John Kreese (Martin Kove) The main antagonist of the original trilogy. Kreese is an ex-Special Forces Vietnam Veteran and the sensei of the Cobra Kai dojo. He also has an unethical and vicious way of teaching karate because he instructs his students to be merciless towards their opponents. In the first film, Kreese's best student, Johnny Lawrence, bullies and harasses Daniel Larusso with his gang until they are stopped by Mr. Miyagi, who teaches Daniel karate. When Daniel and Miyagi resolve the conflict at the Cobra Kai dojo, Miyagi proposes that Daniel enter the All Valley Karate tournament where he will face the Cobra Kai students and demands that the bullying cease while Daniel trains. Kreese agrees, but warns that if they don't show up at the tournament, the Cobra Kai will continue to harass Daniel and also Miyagi. At the tournament, Daniel reaches the semi-finals while Johnny advances to the finals after defeating a highly skilled opponent. Kreese instructs Bobby Brown, one of his more compassionate students and the least vicious of Daniel's tormentors, to disable Daniel with an illegal attack on the knee. Bobby reluctantly does so, getting disqualified in the process. However, Daniel recovers and ultimately defeats Johnny, becoming the new champion. Furious, Kreese attacks Johnny in the parking lot, but is stopped by Miyagi, who easily defeats Kreese and humiliates him in front of his students. Kreese's abusive behavior results with him losing his students and going broke. In the third film, Kreese visits his Vietnam war comrade Terry Silver, the wealthy owner of a toxic waste disposal business who offers to help Kreese gain revenge on Daniel and Miyagi and re-establish Cobra Kai. Silver sends Kreese to Tahiti to rest while he hires Mike Barnes to harass Daniel and beat him in the tournament. However, at the tournament, Barnes lost to Daniel and Cobra Kai was shut down for good.
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, the first when he stops an impending assault on Daniel from Dutch in the locker room, by ordering him out or he is disqualified, the second where he is commending Daniel for gaining the championship after the tournament's conclusion, and the third where his voice is heard on an answering machine asking Kreese if he will be enrolling anyone in the forthcoming tournament.
The Karate Kid
Ali Mills (Elisabeth Shue) The main love interest of Daniel LaRusso in the first film. During the events of the first film, she seems to take an instant liking to Daniel and the two begin to date and eventually fall in love, much to her ex-boyfriend Johnny's dismay. It is revealed later in The Karate Kid Part II that Ali left Daniel for a football player from UCLA.
Johnny Lawrence (William Zabka) Daniel's first enemy and the main antagonist of the first film. In the first film, he is revealed to be the top student of the Cobra Kai dojo, leader of the Cobra Kai gang, defending champion of the All Valley Karate tournament, and Ali's ex-boyfriend. When Johnny sees Ali going out with Daniel, he and his Cobra Kai gang begin to bother and harass Daniel. One night, Johnny and his gang beat up Daniel and nearly kill him, but is stopped by Mr. Miyagi, who later teaches Daniel karate. At the Cobra Kai dojo, Miyagi confronts the sensei, John Kreese, and proposes that Daniel enter the All Valley Karate tournament to face the Cobra Kai students. Kreese agrees, but warns that if they don't show up at the tournament, the Cobra Kai gang will continue to harass Daniel and also Miyagi. At the tournament, Johnny advances to the finals, scoring three unanswered points against a highly skilled opponent. When Daniel reaches the semi-finals, Kreese instructs Bobby Brown, one of his more compassionate students and the least vicious of Daniel's tormentors, to disable Daniel with an illegal attack on the knee. Bobby reluctantly does so, getting disqualified while Johnny looks at Kreese in disgust. As Johnny is about to be declared the winner by default, Ali tells the master of ceremonies Daniel will fight and Daniel hobbles into the ring and fights Johnny. During the fight, Daniel gets the upper hand and giving Johnny a nose bleed. Kreese orders Johnny to sweep Daniel's leg, an unethical move. Johnny reluctantly does so, but Daniel defeats Johnny, becoming the new champion. Johnny, having gained respect for his nemesis, gives Daniel his trophy. He and Daniel then patch things up and become friends. Following Johnny's defeat, Kreese becomes furious and attacks Johnny, but Miyagi saves him and defeats Kreese. After discovering Kreese's true nature, Johnny and his friends decide to leave the Cobra Kai dojo forever.
Darryl Vidal (Darryl Vidal) is the highly skilled opponent beaten by Johnny with 3 unanswered points in the semifinals during the All Valley Under 18 Karate Tournament. He is known to be a highly skilled master and is implied to have reached at least the semifinals in all the previous tournaments that he enrolled in. He is the only opponent who Johnny shakes hands with in respect after their match. Vidal is among those who celebrates with Daniel after he defeats Johnny.
Bobby Brown (Ron Thomas) A friend of Johnny's 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 at the first day of school soccer tryouts, 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 behind 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-writhen Daniel. Then, Bobby is pulled off Daniel and is 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 a supposed deleted scene, 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.
Tommy (Rob Garrison) Another friend of Johnny's 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 Karate Tournament and afterwards 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.
Dutch (Chad McQueen) Another friend of Johnny's and a fellow student at the Cobra Kai dojo. Dutch is the most brutal. His mannerisms and cadence suggest he may have Personality Disorder. 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 Karate 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.
Jimmy (Tony O'Dell) Another friend of Johnny's and a fellow student at the Cobra Kai dojo. Jimmy is known for being the most quiet member (having said only 1 or 2 lines in the Movie) 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 Karate 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.
Freddy Fernandez (Israel Juarbe) He is a high school student that lives in the same apartment building that Daniel and his mother move into. He briefly becomes Daniel's friend and invites him to a beach party. However, when Daniel is defeated by Johnny on the beach for "getting in Johnny's way", he hesitates to talk to Daniel and makes fun of Daniel at school and does not try to stop his friends from ridiculing Daniel. He is next seen in the crowd at the All Valley Karate Tournament cheering for Daniel. At the end of the film, he is seen cheering for Daniel and along with some of his friends, picks Daniel up and cheers.
Mr. Mills (William Bassett) Ali's father. He is shown to be somewhat friendly but strict at the same time. He does seem to look down upon Daniel's family somewhat, seeming disappointed at the country club dance that his daughter wants to go out with "that boy from Reseda" again.
Lucille LaRusso (Randee Heller) Daniel's mother. She is portrayed as being a loving and hardworking mother. She is considering becoming a manager through a "two nights a week" training program, with her dialogue implying she is going away from a job in computers to pursue said management career. Lucille is very easygoing, upbeat and positive, allowing Ali to call her by her first name rather than Mrs. LaRusso upon meeting her and taking in stride the stalling of her station wagon requiring her and a visibly embarrassed Daniel to push it manually in front of Ali's wealthy parents. She is very protective and nurturing to Daniel. In the third film, she is shown to be taking care of her sick brother, Louie. In the 2010 remake of the movie, this character is called Sherry Parker.
Jerry (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 All Valley Karate Tournament.
Susan (Juli Fields) One of Ali's best friends. She seems to have a disliking for Daniel. She refers to Daniel as "fungus" during the Halloween dance. She is later seen at the All Valley Karate 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 Karate Kid, Part II
The Announcer (Bruce Malmuth) The announcer for the All Valley Karate Tournament. He appeared in the first three Karate Kid films. He seems to have a deep respect for Daniel.
Chozen Toguchi (Yuji Okumoto) Daniel's second enemy and the main antagonist of the second film. Like Johnny, Chozen is a bully to Daniel. Unlike Johnny, however, Chozen is more highly skilled in karate and a more vicious fighter. He is also Sato Toguchi's nephew. In the second film, Chozen appears to Daniel and Mr. Miyagi in Okinawa and reveals that he is the nephew of Sato Toguchi, Miyagi's nemesis. He also seems to have a disliking to Daniel and bullies him. Later, Daniel accidentally exposes corruption on Chozen's grocery business during an encounter in the village, having cheated on farmers using rigged weights. Chozen accuses Daniel of insulting his honor and he and his friends begin to harass Daniel. Chozen and his friends also attack Daniel and vandalize Miyagi's family property, but Chozen and his friends leave quickly when Miyagi arrives. During this fight, Chozen manages to hit Miyagi on the back with the handle of a spear. With this, Chozen stands out among all the enemies in being the only person that Miyagi fights in the original series that manages a successful strike on him.
During a typhoon, Sato orders Chozen to help Daniel carry a child to the shelter. Chozen refuses and gets disowned by Sato. Chozen runs off into the storm out of anger, vowing to seek revenge and fight back to save his honor. During the O-Bon festival, Chozen takes Kumiko hostage and demands to fight Daniel alone. Chozen later gets the upper hand during the fight and nearly kills Daniel, who uses the drum technique to defeat Chozen. Daniel grabs the vanquished Chozen and tells him, "Live or die, man". Chozen chooses to die, but Daniel spares his life and drops him into the ground. It is unknown what happened to Chozen after his defeat.
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.
Sato Toguchi (Danny Kamekona) Sato is the enemy of Miyagi. He was once Miyagi's best friend, as during their childhood, Miyagi and Sato had a strong brotherly friendship. Their friendship was so strong that Miyagi even asked his father to teach karate to him and Sato both (even though traditionally it had only been taught from father to son). However, when the two grew older, Sato had been arranged to marry a girl named Yukie. Although Yukie was arranged to marry Sato, she had instead fallen in love with Miyagi. Their love was so strong to one another, that Miyagi had announced that he would break the tradition of arranged marriage and marry Yukie anyway. Sato however, felt disgraced and challenged Miyagi to a fight to save his honor. But Miyagi left Okinawa the next day. When Miyagi returned to Tome village with Daniel, Sato had become a rich industrialist and had been eager to face his old friend in a death match. However, the two became friends again when Miyagi saved his life during a typhoon, but his relationship with Chozen is now destroyed because Chozen has refused to aid Daniel in rescuing a young girl from the typhoon. He later returned the titles to all the villagers' homes and helped rebuild and repaired his friendship with Miyagi. Sato is not a villain per se, but however more along the lines of the tragic anti-hero. All of Sato's actions against Miyagi were out of anger of his former friend dishonoring him, though he does show signs of sympathy and respect by letting Miyagi and Daniel see Miyagi's father for the last time and honoring a lost bet between Daniel and Chozen. Sato is a highly skilled and respected karate master who appears to be more rigid and firm in his technique than Miyagi. He runs a dojo in Naha City that instructs American military police in karate.
Kumiko (Tamlyn Tomita) is Yukie's niece. When Daniel and Miyagi arrive at Tome village, Daniel and Kumiko begin to spend time together. Kumiko expresses her desire to become a dancer, although there are no schools for dancing where she lives. After hearing this, Daniel tries to convince her to come to America with him. After Miyagi accepts Sato's challenge to fight to the death, she and Daniel express their true feelings to one another by performing the tea ceremony which ends with a kiss, showing that the two are falling in love with each other. It seems that Chozen has a lust for Kumiko, which is further shown in one scene when Kumiko pelts Chozen's shirt with a tomato after Chozen threatens Daniel. Instead of returning the favor, Chozen smiles at Kumiko and takes his shirt off, saying "You keep, for your collection. I know you like it". Kumiko is last seen performing an O bon dance at the old castle outside Tome village. It is there she is taken hostage by Chozen in order to get Daniel to fight him. Daniel accepts, and Kumiko makes an effort to intervene by choking Chozen with a piece of cloth before being punched (and knocked out) by him. Daniel wins the fight, and the two romantically embrace as the crowd cheers. It is revealed later in The Karate Kid Part 3 that Kumiko was offered a dancing career in Tokyo that she could not refuse, much to Daniel and his Mother's disappointment.
Yukie (Nobu McCarthy) Yukie is Mr. Miyagi's loving childhood girlfriend. Although she was arranged to marry Sato, she had already been in love with Mr. Miyagi, which is what caused Sato to challenge Mr. Miyagi to a death match to save his honor. Mr. Miyagi never fought him, however. The next day, he left for America. When Mr. Miyagi returned to Tome village, it was revealed that Yukie had never married Sato. During the events of The Karate Kid Part 2 it was shown that the two still had feelings for one another and they began to rekindle their romance.
Miyagi's Father (Charlie Tanimoto) A 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 has become 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.
The Karate Kid, Part III
Jessica Andrews (Robyn Lively) She becomes Daniel's best friend. It was shown that Daniel has a brief crush on her, but when she claimed that she had a boyfriend and was going back to her home in Columbus, Ohio soon, Daniel had come to see them as just friends and the two began forming a close friendship. Later while the two are dancing at a club the last night Jessica is in town, the two are confronted by a guy who hits on Jessica, prompting Daniel into a fight. (It turns out that the guy was paid by Silver to egg Daniel into a fight.) Daniel ends up breaking the guy's nose; Jessica becomes mad at him and runs off. Later that night, however, as she is packing to leave the next day, Daniel shows up and apologizes for what happened, and she accepts, implying that the two will remain friends.
Terence "Terry" Silver (Thomas Ian Griffith). Terry Silver is the secondary antagonist of the third film and the antithesis of Daniel Larusso. He is an ex-Vietnam veteran who is a friend of John Kreese during his military service. Silver was saved by Kreese several times during war in Vietnam. In return, 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 to these activities. Besides being a wealthy businessman, he is also a ruthless karate expert. In the third film, Silver offers to help Kreese, who is now broke because of the loss of his students, gain revenge on Daniel and Mr. Miyagi and re-establish Cobra Kai. Silver sends Kreese to Tahiti to rest while he hires "Karate's Bad Boy" Mike Barnes to defeat Daniel at the next All Valley Tournament. When Silver finds out that Daniel will not fight at the tournament this year, he orders Barnes and his henchmen to harass Daniel in attempt to make him enter the tournament. After Daniel signs up for the tournament, he turns to Silver for guidance after Miyagi refuses to train him. Silver, as part of his plan, 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, 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 and Barnes assaults Daniel. But Miyagi arrives, saves Daniel, and agrees to train him for the tournament. At the tournament, Silver and Kreese instruct Barnes to inflict pain on Daniel and then beat him in the sudden death round. However, Barnes lost to Daniel and Silver walks away in disgust.
Michael "Mike" Barnes (Sean Kanan) Daniel's third and final enemy and an antagonist of The Karate Kid, Part III. Barnes 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 Karate 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 cause Silver and Kreese to storm off, humiliated.
Snake (Jonathan Avildsen) Snake is a minor antagonist in the third film. He is one of Silver's henchmen and one of 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 when Mike lost to Daniel.
Dennis (Christopher Paul Ford) Dennis is a minor antagonist in the third film. He is one of Silver's henchmen and Mike's cronies who helps 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.
The Announcer (Rick Hurst) Makes the announcements at the All Valley Karate Tournament.
Mrs. Milo (Frances Bay) The negative old lady that lives in the same apartment building as Daniel.
Uncle Louie (Joseph V. Perry) Daniel's uncle. During the events of The Karate Kid part 3, he becomes ill and Lucille returns to New Jersey to care for him.
Milos (Jan Triska) Terry Silver's butler.
Margaret (Diana Webster) Terry Silver's secretary.
The Next Karate Kid
Julie Pierce (Hilary Swank) A troubled teenage girl who lost her parents in a car accident. This time, she is the main character. Like Daniel, she is also bullied by a gang, The Alpha Elite and their leader, Ned who hits on her at her school. Mr. Miyagi takes her in as his student when he sends her grandmother (her only known living family member) away for a vacation and proceeds to train her in karate. At first, she wanted nothing to do with him, but learns to accept him as a teacher after being taught a few familiar techniques that Mr. Miyagi once taught Daniel. 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. Dugan (Michael Ironside) Leads an 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 gone 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 is ambushed by Col. Dugen 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)
Ned (Michael Cavalieri) is a skilled academy student and gang leader of the Alpha Elite with bullying tendencies (nearly the equivalent of Johnny Lawrence) and an antagonist of the film. 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. 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."
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 to 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
Mr. Harold Wilkes (Eugene Boles)
School Clerk (Kenna Keel)
Gabe (Tom O'Brien)
Morgan (Thomas Downey)
The Karate Kid (2010 remake)
Dre Parker (德瑞帕克 Déruì Pàkè, Jaden Smith) The main protagonist of The Karate Kid remake. Like Daniel LaRusso, he goes into training for self-defense after being bullied. Dre was originally from Detroit, Michigan. However, Dre and his mother moved 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. Afterwards, 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.
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 antagonize Dre Parker in The Karate Kid Remake. Like Bobby Brown in the original film, he is the least vicious of Dre's tormenters. He is also the one who tries to beg Cheng to spare Dre after he throws dirty water at them. He is also the one who gets slapped by Master Li for showing mercy to his opponent when they were sparring in the studio. He is the also the one who injures Dre's leg during the semifinals of the tournament on Master Li's orders and deeply regrets his actions afterwards. 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.
Wu Ping (吴 平 Wú Píng) One of the young competitors competing in the Kung Fu competition Dre Parker competes in. He is easily distinguished by his mohawk, which he slicks upwards before a match. He managed to make it all the way to the semi-finals only to lose to Cheng, who defeated him with an elbow to the chest.
Mr. Han (Jackie Chan) A Chinese maintenance man who becomes Dre's shifu. He is based on Keisuke Miyagi from the original films. The film follows the same story line 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 als 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 he was distracted by an argument with his wife while they were driving in his car, and they crashed, killing them, relentlessly driven by guilt for 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.
Cheng (陆伟程 Lù Wěichéng, Zhenwei Wang) Dre's opponent and the main antagonist of the film. He is the same age as Dre, and continually harasses him throughout the film for Dre's interactions with his [Cheng's] 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: being the bully of the school, rich, well-known, the leader of his own gang of friends, 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 beaten up 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) Dre's (and possibly Cheng's) love interest. Like Ali Mills, Meiying has an interest in music (notably playing the violin exceedingly well) and gets admittance into the fictional Beijing Academy of Music (which Dre refers to as 'BAM!'). She and Dre officially become a couple at a festival. One day at school, Dre encourages her to skip both school and violin practice for a day of fun. However, her performance got rescheduled to that day, nearly causing her to be late. Although he arrived to see her perform, her father instructs them to part, deeming him a bad influence on her life for his reckless actions. However, Dre rehearses a written apology to Meiying's father which Mr. Han had translated for him, asking for a second chance. He 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.
Master Li (Yu Rongguang) Cheng's Kung Fu instructor. Like John Kreese, Master Li teaches his students to be ruthless and merciless towards their enemy, as well as using cheap shots to injure their competitions at the Kung Fu tournament. When Cheng told him that Mr. Han and Dre bullied him while the two protagonists arrived at the Fighting Dragon studio to make peace, Li forces either Mr. Han or Dre to fight Cheng. Mr. Han promises Li that Dre will compete at the opening Kung Fu tournament. During the tournament, Master Li instructs Liang, one of the most daring fighters of the group, 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.
In the alternate ending, Master Li was about to punish Cheng by beating him up for failing the tournament and developing a new respect towards Dre and Mr. Han. Luckily, Mr. Han stops Li from doing so and defeats him in a match. Dre's mother would then later punch Li in the jaw as retribution for ordering Liang to deliver the illegal strike on Dre's leg. (This entire scene is similar to the beginning of Karate Kid, Part II, and is implied that this is how the remake of the Karate Kid sequel will begin, if possible.)
According to Mr. Han, Master Li does not teach his students real Kung Fu; he instead is a "bad man teaching them very bad things". Also, unlike Cheng, who is known to accept loss fairly and gives a new-found respect towards his opponents, Master Li is ruthless and merciless towards his opponents. As a result, all of Li's students became Mr. Han's students and Dre's friends, while Master Li loses them.