Sensei John Kreese is a fictional character who appears in The Karate Kid series of films created by Robert Mark Kamen. He serves as the main antagonist of the original film as well as the secondary antagonist in TheKarate Kid Part III. He has returned as an antagonist in the Cobra Kai web television series.
About John Kreese in brief
Sensei John Kreese is a fictional character who appears in The Karate Kid series of films created by Robert Mark Kamen. He serves as the main antagonist of the original film as well as the secondary antagonist in TheKarate Kid Part III. He has returned as an antagonist in the Cobra Kai web television series. In the first film, Kreese’s best student, Johnny Lawrence, has a conflict with Daniel LaRusso. He instructs his students to have no mercy towards their opponents. In season 2 of Cobra Kai, he faces his former pupil Johnny Lawrence who reopened Cobra Kai and went on to win the recent All-Valley Karate Championship. He states that after the original dojo closed down, he re-enlisted in the Army to train Special Forces soldiers and run strikes during the Gulf War and the War in Afghanistan, though he now feels lost as the world has changed around him. He later abuses the influence of his students, seeking out the most resentful and angry students to drive a wedge between the group under the guise of individual tutoring and advanced classes. The Cobra Kai students eventually abandon him and he returns to the dojo, where he is eventually defeated by Mike Barnes and Terry Silver, the current under-18 national karate tournament champion, to harass Daniel and beat him in the next upcoming tournament.
In Season 2, he asks Johnny for forgiveness for attacking him after the 1984 All- Valley Under 18 Karate tournament, in which Johnny placed second. Though Johnny rebuffs him for this apology, he maintains that he never tried to kill Johnny and has repaired his second-place trophy to make amends which cools down the animosity between them; Johnny allows Kreese to attend Cobra Kai classes as an observer. Later in the series, Johnny follows his sensei to shelter after Kreese admits that he flunked a psychological test when he attempted to re-list in the army. Feeling bad for Kreese, Johnny decides to put his full trust in Kreese in believing that he wants to change for the better. After seeing the old Kreese used by his students during a training exercise at Coyote Creek, Johnny discovers that Kreese has been teaching the old students negative tactics.