Who's the real Karate Kid: Johnny Lawrence or Daniel LaRusso? | The Tylt
Who's the real Karate Kid: Johnny Lawrence or Daniel LaRusso?
If the new show "Cobra Kai" is any indication, Johnny Lawrence of "The Karate Kid" is actually a good guy with a bad teacher. Not only did Lawrence get bad advice from his mentor, he was the victim of an illegal kick that lost him the All-Valley Karate Championships. Instead of lashing out violently, he learns humility and congratulates LaRusso in his victory. That sounds like a hero.
Not only that, Lawrence may not have even been the bully of that movie. It is LaRusso that escalates the situation on the beach, sucker punches Lawrence and steals the girl the real Karate Kid was trying to reconcile with.
How can you watch "The Karate Kid" and think harasser Johnny Lawrence is the hero? Daniel LaRusso is just trying to be nice before Lawrence decides to rope him into the conflict and beat him to the ground.
LaRusso needed to become the karate kid just to defend himself against the constant bullying of Lawrence and his goons. Despite being purposefully injured at the All-Valley Karate Championships, the New Jersey native overcame the odds to become champion. That's the real heart of a hero.