Why Cobra Kai Waited Until Seasons 5 To Break Out Daniel’s Iconic Move

The first four seasons of Cobra Kai have paid tribute to the trilogy of Karate Kid films in a number of ways, from a long list of characters entering the picture once again, to locations, storylines, and even props. One particular nod to the franchise that started it all was notably missing, though, until now.

Warning: The following contains spoilers for the Season 5 finale of Cobra Kai. If you haven’t watched it yet, turn away now.

In the Season 5 finale of Cobra Kai, the battle between Cobra Kai and seemingly everyone else comes to a head when Daniel (Ralph Macchio) goes toe-to-toe with Terry Silver (Thomas Ian Griffith) in a karate fight to end all karate fights. And in that fight, Daniel breaks out a move we haven’t seen him do since the ’80s to overcome his foe. That’s right, after five seasons of the show, we finally see Daniel dust off the Crane Kick–the iconic move from the original Karate Kid film.

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Author: Chris E. Hayner