Daniel LaRusso is a violent sociopath

The world is full of hero stories – after all, everyone loves a hero. Someone who’s strong and brave and will overcome the odds to save the day.

We’re not so hot on villains.

Bird of prey going into dive upside down.

Sometimes you need to see things from a different angle to make improvements.

Or are we?

Take Karate Kid, for instance. The entire premise of the film is Danny LaRusso: the skinny new kid in town, picked on by the big boys, who overcomes his struggles, learns karate, kicks ass, and gets the girl.

But consider this: Danny LaRusso is no hero. No; Danny LaRusso is a violent sociopath who picks every single fight he gets into in Karate Kid.

After all, let’s look at the facts. Danny is new in town, and on his first night there at a beach party, he gets into a fight with Johnny, the “bully”. A fight that he picked.

In the school bathrooms, when he goes to the dance dressed as a shower curtain (best costume ever by the way), he’s the one who sprays Johnny with water. For no reason. None.

Then, when a temporary truce between Danny and the Cobra Kai karate kids is reached – Danny goes out of his way to torment them, then hides behind a handy teacher.

And as for Mr Miyagi – he’s the local neighbourhood nosy parker and child-batterer.

Okay, so Johnny and his Cobra Kai cohorts are not blameless – they’re fairly typical dumb teenage boys. And the Cobra Kai sensei is an unmitigated, violent, sociopathic arsehole… but I’m definitely right about Danny LaRusso being the villain of the piece.

Honestly, go watch Karate Kid again. You’ll see it differently this time.

You’re welcome 😀



Vicky Fraser is a copywriter, author, and entrepreneur. She really did run away with the circus… but when she’s not swinging from a trapeze, she’s showing other copywriters and small business owners how to work with better clients, make more money, and stop missing bathtimes, first words, and dinners with angry partners. In fact, she wrote the book on it. Get your copy here.

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