The Karate Kid (1984) is an iconic piece of American pop culture. We all know the story: An Italian kid from Jersey moves to California, gets bullied a bunch, learns karate from a Japanese gardener/war veteran, then uses said karate to defeat evil. Good triumphs, and everybody lives happily ever after. The Italian kid was Danny LaRusso (Ralph Macchio, top right), the “evil” was Cobra Kai dojo’s Johnny Lawrence (William Zabka, above left), and guess what? That happy ending wasn’t really for everybody.