To this day, The Karate Kid is still considered one of those great underdog stories, about a boy who eventually fought back against his bullies and won. But a new video from J. Matthew Turner has surfaced that wants us to look at the 1984 movie in a different light. And once you do, you’ll probably be looking at Daniel LaRusso a little differently.
The video shows— no, proves that Daniel is actually the villain, a “violent sociopath who moves to a California town and begins tormenting a local boy and his friends.” What?! Johnny Lawrence and his rag-tag Cobra Kai crew are… the good guys? No. Just… NO.
But it’s not that black-and-white. The narrator refers to Johnny as a “flawed hero” but points out that it’s Daniel who picks all the fights with him and his friends, steals his girlfriend Ali (granted, she and Johnny were on the outs) and learns to fight from Mr. Miyagi, a “local busybody, karate master, and child batterer.” He then wins the “tainted blood trophy” at the All-Valley Karate Tournament, thanks to the help of “demon sorcerer” Miyagi.
And everyone lived happily ever after. Except Kreese. The Cobra Kai sensei was always a jerk.