Even if compared to its predecessors, The Karate Kid II | was a big box office disappointment in 1989, the film has since gained cult status, not least due to Thomas Griffith’s iconic performance as crafty businessman, Terry Silver. The Netflix series, Cobra Kai has been busy reintroducing the world of Karate kid and now, in its next season 4, we will meet Silver again. But be warned, it won’t be a simple reintroduction if the mini-teaser of his impending return is anything to go by – while Kreese has been mean enough, Silver is here to wreak havoc and create supreme chaos in Johnny Lawrence and Daniel LaRusso of lives.
But before we dive into the exact impact of Terry Silver’s presence on Cobra Kai Season 4, let’s take a look at the most ruthless villain of The Karate Kid franchise. (If you already remember his evil, manic aura, skip this section and find out how he will increase the wickedness quotient over the coming season)
Who is Terry Silver?
Terry Silver is a wealthy businessman who runs Dynatox Industries, which claims to dispose of nuclear waste safely. But after an honest start, Silver begins to illegally dump and bribe trash to get out of any investigation into his business. Silver had fought alongside John Kreese in the Vietnam War and was saved by the karate instructor on several occasions because of which he owes his life.
After his humiliating defeat at the hands of Mr. Miyagi and Daniel which leads Kreese to lose all of his students at the Cobra Kai dojo (which Silver started for him), the disgraced sensei returns to his old friend as the defeated man. Enraged by his condition, Silver swears revenge on Miyagi and Daniel. He successfully manages to drive a wedge between the two and makes Daniel doubt his own skills, something Kreese has never been able to do. Silver’s plans were to end Daniel’s future in karate and tarnish Miyagi’s reputation by spectacularly beating the first in the All-Valley karate tournament. While his evil plans work at first, Daniel eventually comes to his senses and Miyagi begins to train him, which ends in a tournament victory and Silver leaving disgusted at being defeated.
This is the last time we saw Terry Silver, although the first two seasons of Cobra Kai let it down. Season 3 ended with Kreese calling out his old friend after challenging Daniel and Johnny to compete with his Cobra Kai dojo in the All-Valley Karate Tournament and promising that if he loses he will leave.
So, now that Terry Silver is confirmed to return to the world of The Karate Kid, the bigger question is …
How will he be instrumental as Cobra Kai The antagonist of season 4?
Silver partners with Kreese– As we’ve already pointed out above, Silver owes Kreese his life and when it comes to keeping his promises, he’s fiercely loyal. And apparently even after the events of The Karate Kid III, he’s still Kreese’s best friend. The flashback to Kreese saving Silver was a reminder that the latter is still in debt to the karate instructor. It goes without saying that he will be teaming up with Kreese and while the last time he was operating alone for the majority of the film, this time the duo will be plotting evil plots together, which is not good news for Daniel and Johnny.
Terry Silver is filthy rich
Besides his penchant for torturing others and his stubborn loyalty to Kreese, the biggest thing that makes him a formidable adversary is his immense wealth. In The Karate Kid III, he created many obstacles in Daniel and Miyagi’s path to make sure he wins. As he is quite possibly still a very wealthy man, Kreese will now have access to plenty of resources to make it much, much more difficult for Daniel and Johnny’s combined dojos to win the tournament. He can bribe the people who organize the tournament, his students will have much better equipment to train and so on.
Terry Silver is a master manipulator
As mentioned above, Silver managed to do what Kreese was never able to achieve, which is to drive a wedge between Daniel and Miyagi. He succeeds in making Daniel doubt the karate methods that Miyagi taught him. He manipulated Daniel into resorting to dishonest means to win and losing control of how he reacted in extreme situations, such as when he broke a man’s nose who was provoking him on orders to Silver in The Karate Kid III.
Despite the growth that Daniel has since achieved The Karate Kid and Miyagi’s own experience dealing with such bullies, Silver was able to pull them apart. He knows how to get into people’s heads, especially Daniel, whom he now has a personal grudge against since tasting defeat at the All-Valley karate tournament decades ago. The stakes are much higher now and Silver will do her best to end Johnny and Daniel’s recent alliance and make sure they’re too busy getting throats to beat Kreese.
Cobra Kai students will learn new lessons on tackling the dirty
Although it was John Kreese who taught karate to Terry Silver during their time in the military, the latter has since modified the teachings to meet his needs. While Kreese is ruthless in his approach to karate and favors the “ruthless” philosophy, Terry Silver is more prone to cheap tricks when it comes to winning. Once Silver returns, Kreese’s students will have a new sensei who will teach them how to use their ruthless karate moves in the most dangerous and dishonest way to cripple their opponents. It will end up being very deadly to Daniel and Johnny’s current principles of fair play.
The last three seasons of Cobra Kaiare currently available on Netflix. Cobra Kai Season 4 is slated to debut on the streamer by the end of 2021.
Topics: Cobra Kai, Karate Kid 3