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That’s the stupidest thing I’ve ever heard
~ Jimmy about John Kreese.

Jimmy is a character of The Karate Kid series. He serves as a recurring antagonist of the 1984 film The Karate Kid' and a minor character in The Karate Kid Part II. He is also a minor of the YouTube Red/Netflix TV series Cobra Kai.

He is portrayed by Tony O’Dell.


The Karate Kid

Jimmy is known for being the quietest member (having only a couple of lines in the film) and the only brown belt in Johnny's quintet group. Jimmy bullies Daniel along with his gang. However, he is shocked when Kreese tells Bobby to attack Daniel illegally during the tournament, showing he has a sense of knowing when things are going too far.

The Karate Kid Part II

He disproves of Kreese's disgusting and harsh treatment towards Johnny following the latter's loss in the tournament.

Cobra Kai

Season 2

He is concerned over Tommy's condition. When Johnny reveals he reopened Cobra Kai and Kreese has returned, Jimmy voices his concern. He is saddened by Tommy's eventual death. It also is apparent that he has a stable family with his own wife and sons, in contrast to Johnny's shaky relationship with Shannon Keene and struggles to keep Robby Keene on the straight-and-level.


  • Jimmy is the only Cobra Kai whose name is never revealed on camera, but only in the credits.
  • Tony O'Dell was best known for the 1980s sitcom Head of the Class, where he played Alan Pinkard. Ironically, when Head of the Class had a karate-themed episode, O'Dell's character showed little understanding of the sport.
  • The grown versions of the Cobras seem to mirror their attitudes as teenagers. As Jimmy was the most quiet and least vicious towards Daniel, he appeared to have been the most successful at adjusting to adult life. This was in contrast to the vicious attitude of Dutch, who ended up behind bars, or that of arrogant and rather emotional Johnny, who ended up a divorced alcoholic.
  • He was the least focused member of Johnny's gang in the original movie. This may have spilled over into his studies at Cobra Kai, as he is the lowest ranking student of the quintet (assuming all started off around the same time).


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The Karate Kid (1984)
Cobra Kai
John Kreese | Johnny Lawrence | Dutch | Bobby Brown | Tommy | Jimmy

The Karate Kid Part II
Chozen Toguchi | Sato Toguchi | Toshio | Taro | John Kreese | Johnny Lawrence

The Karate Kid Part III
Cobra Kai
Terry Silver | John Kreese | Mike Barnes | Snake | Dennis

DynaTox Industries
Margaret Spencer | Milos Dadok

The Next Karate Kid
Alpha Elite
Colonel Dugan | Ned Randall | Charlie | Gabe | Morgan

The Karate Kid (2010)
Master Li | Cheng | Liang | Zhuang | Song

Cobra Kai
Cobra Kai
John Kreese | Eli "Hawk" Moskowitz | Tory Nichols | Chris | Mitch | Doug Rickenburger | Mikey | Raymond "Stingray" | Kyler | Brucks | Robby Keene | Edwin | Big Red | Paul | Dieter

Trey & Cruz | Louie LaRusso Jr. | Captain Turner | Shawn Payne | Yasmine | Bert | Tom Cole