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Daniel LaRusso

Daniel LaRusso
First off, let’s get something out of the way. For our purposes; the Karate Kid Remake starring Will Smith’s snotty kid never happened. With that out of the way, one of the great underdogs in sports cinema history has to be Daniel LaRusso. In the first film, LaRusso got the crap beaten out of him constantly by a group of karate fighting California teens with a merciless trainer. With the most unlikely help (the iconic Mr. Miyagi), LaRusso managed to learn the art of self defence…while learning how to paint a house.


He had the chance to face his bullies in a fair fight, the 1984 All Valley Karate Tournament, and we were treated with the best opening round wins in the perfect 80’s montage. (Come on, you were humming “You’re the Best”, right now, weren’t you?) Of course he won, even after his opponents used unscrupulous tactics (Sweep the leg!), and gave us an athletic heartwarming story.

On the flipside, let’s forget Part III, where he defended his All-Valley championship (at the age of 40 it looked like, and again he was getting the snot pounded out of him prior to) and won by doing a dance (kata) and a basic palm thrust to the chest; which won him the match but inflicted no damage to his opponent. Really lame, Daniel-San!

Johnny Lawrence

Johnny Lawrence
Perhaps the quintessential 80’s teen villain, Johnny Lawrence (William Zabka) had the coiffed blonde surfer hair, the yuppie parents, the arrogance, and the karate skills to make poor Ralph Macchio miserable for nearly two hours on screen. Now you know what happens to villains like this right? They sweep the leg at the end of the 1984 All Valley Tournament, yet still lose the trophy, their self-respect and a delicious looking Elizabeth Shue.


Mr. Miyagi

Mr. Miyagi
The Karate Kid (1984)

Karate Instructor

Wax on.  Wax off.

Easily the best role of Pat Morita’s career, Mr. Miyagi first met Daniel LaRusso who was a tenant along with his mother in the apartment building where he worked as the handy man.  He would impart his knowledge of karate to the transplanted kid from New Jersey by teaching him lessons via household chores such as painting wall as waxing cars, but mostly he taught how karate was to be used best as self-defence and not for personal gain.

Miyagi would not just be Daniel’s karate instructor.  He would become his friend, his father figure and mentor for life, and yes it helped get him inducted that he could probably kick everyone’s ass if provoked!

The Fictitious Athlete Hall of Fame proudly inducts Mr. Miyagi to the Contributor’s section of the Class of 2015.





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