Season 5 of Cobra Kai spoilers are included in the following article.
The fifth season of Cobra Kai is finally here, and we couldn't be happier about it! With Terry Silver (Thomas Ian Griffith) now in charge of the ever-growing Cobra Kai, aiming to become a worldwide household name, the danger of aggressive "no mercy" karate is real. However, Silver was unable to defeat Daniel LaRusso (Ralph Macchio), Johnny Lawrence (William Zabka), and their merry Miyagi-Do/
The Karate Kid sequel series kicked off its latest season with Johnny Kean (Tanner Buchanan) travelling to Mexico looking for Johnny's surrogate son, Miguel Diaz (Xolo Mariduena), who was in search of his own biological father. This pushed Johnny to become a more hands-on father just in time for Carmen Diaz (Vanessa Rubio) to announce her pregnancy with his child.
It's easy to compare Johnny's parenting style to Daniel's, begging the important question: is Johnny the better dad? Well, the short answer to this question isn't necessarily, but let's take a look at the facts.
The Case for Daniel
Daniel, a long-time Karate Kid, always strives to be the best. Sure, he was a bit of a punk when he was young, and he actively antagonized Johnny before he even knew him, but he's changed, right? From his Karate Kid Part II foe Chozen Toguchi (Yuji Okumoto) to his Part III foe Mike Barnes (Sean Kanan), this includes Johnny.
Daniel (Mary Mouser) has given his children a life unlike that of many of their peers, and has given them more opportunities than ever before. Until Anthony becomes a bully, he never punishes his son with much less than a verbal reprimand. Sam was always favored, making her a hero.
Daniel's relationship with his daughter has always been a positive experience for both of them. Having trained his daughter in Miyagi-Do karate and taught her valuable life lessons on anger management, Daniel has made sure to set his daughter up for success. Robby's father, Mr. Miyagi (Pat Morita), was always supportive of him, and even though he eventually turned from Robby after some misgivings, he never gave up his passion for him.
The Case for Johnny
Johnny may be tougher to defend initially, but that won't stop us from attempting. Even from the moment his little boy was born, he neglected his role as Robby's father, which Johnny missed because she was emotionally abusive and often absent. As a result, Robby grew up without solid parents, which led him to live a life of crime. However, after meeting Miguel and reopening Cobra Kai, Johnny began to rebuild his relationship with his son.
Johnny was just trying to be the type of mentor his students could aspire to. He trained them well and hard; and eventually established a surrogate father-son bond with Miguel, who also grew up not knowing his own father. After Johnny gets through to his son after Robby recognizes his own moral shortcomings, they've grown into friends and even surrogate brothers.
Johnny's greatest change came when she learned that his girlfriend Carmen (who happens to be Miguel's mother) is expecting their own child. He's still doing the absolute best he can to be Carmen, his kids, and his future child.
An Eagle Fang/Miyagi-Do Tie
Daniel and Johnny have grown up together, coping with their own differences, and recognizing each other's fighting styles. When Daniel was on a bender after his wife Amanda (Courtney Henggeler) left town with their kids, Johnny talked him off the ledge and encouraged him to remember that family is the most important thing.
Both Johnny and Daniel have tremendous strengths as fathers, and both have shown that they can and desire to be excellent dads in whatever fight they choose. One thing's for sure, both Johnny and Daniel will only continue to blossom into better men and better fathers.