Cobra Kai continues the story of The Karate Kid, but it doesn't primarily follow Daniel LaRusso. Instead, it focuses on the bully from that movie, Johnny Lawrence. William Zabka returns to portray the character with such finess and charisma that it's hard to not change your mind about this guy.
There are so many moments in both season of Cobra Kai that make Johnny Lawrence such a beloved character. Most of his best scenes include dialogue, which is expertly written and captures the character's personality perfectly. Here are the 10 best quotes from Johnny Lawrence in both seasons of Cobra Kai.
As a sensei, Johnny Lawrence doesn't understand political correctness and doesn't take shade from any of his students. When he needs to get their attention or keep them from talking over him, he usually yells "Quiet!" This line became iconic to the series in many ways. He often resorted to it as a means of showing his authority in the first season. He used it a few times in the second season, but each time, his students snapped into place. He was always loud when he said this word, functioning as a way of shocking his students. They weren't used to teachers who would yell out.
9 I DON'T KNOW WHAT IT IS, BUT GET OFF IT
When Miguel Diaz met Johnny, he was just a scrawny, scared kid. He even said to Johnny that doctors thought he might've been on the autism spectrum. Johnny, with a confused look, said, "I don't know what it is, but get off it." The world has changed a lot since the '80s, and Johnny didn't quite catch up on the new trends that had come to pass since then. He didn't even have a computer or smartphone until season two. His lack of understanding helped to give the audience some great laughs, as many of them were just as shocked as Miguel was.
8 A COORS BANQUET FOR ME AND A SHIRLEY TEMPLE FOR THE LADY
Johnny Lawrence and Daniel LaRusso still had their famous rivalry, despite the All-Valley Tournament happening three decades before Cobra Kai. It seemed that the two would never get along, but that changed when Daniel had to get Johnny a new car.
The two ended up going to the bar, where Johnny made the order, "A Coors Banquet for me and a Shirley Temple for the lady." He pokes fun at how Daniel lived the good life after the All-Valley Tournament and he was stuck in a run-down apartment. Daniel was familiar with the high life, though that might've caused him to lose his edge.
7 THE BEST DEFENSE IS MORE OFFENSE
At the start of Cobra Kai, Johnny was a man stuck in his own ways. He meant well, but he still thought of the world in extremely simple terms. When first teaching Miguel how to do karate, he said "The best defense is more offense." Miguel was a kid who got bullied and was constantly afraid of those bigger than him. By Johnny teaching him this lesson, it allowed Miguel to turn the tables in his own mind and start to stick up for himself. This line also sets the tone for the sorts of lessons Johnny's students would take from being in Cobra Kai.
6 I'M JOKING, IT SUCKS
After Miguel beat up bullies in high school, it was just the push that Cobra Kai needed to get more students. When talking to a host of new recruits, Johnny conditioned them by insulting them. When he passed Demetri, he said "Nice shirt." Demetri thanked him, to which Johnny replied without hesitation, "I'm joking it sucks." This was, by far, the least troubling of Johnny Lawrence's insults, but that also made one of the funniest. Johnny has no filter, allowing him to throw out lines like this on the spot. Of course Johnny would see Demetri as a goofy nerd.
5 SAME REASON THERE AREN'T WOMEN IN THE ARMY
When asked why, he said, "Same reason there aren't women in the army. It doesn't make sense." Not only was this just a funny line, but it was another example at just how out-of-touch Johnny was with the rest of the world. This line confused even Miguel, who responded with an unsure facial expression.
4 PAIN DOES NOT EXIST IN THIS DOJO
Johnny Lawrence wasn't afraid to give some his students some intense training. As a way of mentally preparing them for the challenges ahead, he said, "Pain does not exist in this dojo." Of course, this was a line that he was taught by John Kreese when he was a Cobra Kai student himself. That said, Johnny cares more for his students than Kreese ever did, so it takes on a different meaning when he uses it. Unfortunately, it had a negative twist, as it backfired in helping to turn some of his students into ruthless street fighters who only thought with their fists.
3 IF I'M EXTRA HARD ON YOU
At the start of Cobra Kai season two, Johnny punished Miguel and Hawk for how they bent the rules during the All-Valley Tournament. Both students didn't understand this punishment, but Johnny spared an extra moment to tell specifically Miguel why. "If I'm extra hard on you, it's only because you have the potential to be better than I ever was." This line was enough to stay Miguel's hand during his fight with Robby in the season finale. This was the point when Johnny Lawrence noticeably began to change his ways from the classic Cobra Kai. He wanted better for his students.
2 NO, I ALREADY OWN IT
Daniel LaRusso put out an ad for Miyagi-Do karate in season two of Cobra Kai. Johnny knew he had to respond, so he worked with his students to get one made. He then told Aisha that he wanted an AC/DC song in the background. She said that the rights would probably be too expensive, to which Johnny replied, "No, I already own it. I have the cassette in my car." The students just looked at him, dumbfounded that he didn't understand. A similar sentiment was held by the audience. It only makes sense that Johnny wouldn't understand how rights work, but that's precisely what makes it so funny.
1 THAT'S JUST BLACK PAINT ON A WHITE WALL
In the Cobra Kai dojo, the words, "Strike hard. Strike fast. No mercy." were written as a motto for Johnny's students. Johnny used them as a way to better teach his students, but he soon found the detrimental effects of those words. Near the end of season two, he said, "That's just black paint on a white wall," before explaining that it was sometimes okay to show mercy to opponents. This was the moment when Johnny permanently defected from John Kreese's Cobra Kai as well as the demons in his past. Unfortunately, he wouldn't get the chance to reform Cobra Kai.