Johnny Lawrence (character)
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 the secondary antagonist of the films as well as being Daniel LaRusso’s main rival. He is one of the main protagonists of the web television series Cobra Kai.
About Johnny Lawrence (character) in brief
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 the secondary antagonist of the films as well as being Daniel LaRusso’s main rival. He is also one of the main protagonists of the web television series Cobra Kai. Johnny Lawrence was born on August 20, 1967, and never knew his father. He moved to the upscale neighborhood of Encino, California, after his mother Laura married Hollywood producer Sid Weinberg. He was often verbally abused by his stepfather, especially after quitting drums, rollerskating, and magic lessons. One day in 1979, while riding his bicycle, a 12-year-old Johnny discovered the original Cobra Kai dojo and spent the next five years learning karate under sensei John Kreese. Despite his 3 appearances and two victories in the tournament finals, he never received the fame or recognition that LaRusSO enjoyed after his victories in 1984 and 1985. This, paired with a violent clash with his sensei, led Johnny to largely abandon karate until 2018, when he returned to the dojo to train with his old sensei. He has a son, Robby, who developed a hatred for his father after Laura died in 2002, shortly before Johnny’s son Robby Keene was born in February of that year. Johnny and his Cobra Kai gang harass Daniel in and out of school. At the Halloween dance, Daniel soaks Johnny in the bathroom with a hose while he is rolling a joint, prompting Johnny and the other Cobras to chase him down and beat him until Mr.
Miyagi, the maintenance man of Daniel’s apartment building, intervenes and defeats him. In The Karated Kid Part II, Kreese harshly reprimands Johnny for breaking his nose and locking him in a chokehold. Following the incident, Johnny and friends leave Cobra Kai and leave the other Cobra Kai students forever. He also appears briefly in TheKarate Kid Part Two, where he gives Daniel the trophy for losing to Daniel in the second-place trophy match. In the film, Johnny is the leader of the Cobra Kai Gang, and two-time defending champion of the All Valley Under-18 Karate Championships tournament. He loses the match after Daniel lands a crane kick to his face after a restart of the round, and loses to Daniel for a third time in 1984, ultimately taking second place to Daniel La Russo after suffering an illegal kick to the face. The next day, Mr. Miyagi confronts Kreese at a Cobra KaiDojo and proposes that Daniel and Johnny’s feud be settled in the upcoming tournament. Kreese agrees, but warns that if they do not attend the tournament, both Daniel and Mr. Miyagi will be declared fair game to Cobra Kai, and Johnny will be declaring fair game. The following day, Johnny defeats Daniel and his gang in the finals, scoring three unanswered points against a highly skilled opponent in his semi-final match.