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Get him a body bag!
~ Tommy's most famous quote.

Tommy is a supporting antagonist in the original Karate Kid movie. He was a member of the Cobra Kai Dojo and Johnny Lawrence's gang.

He was portrayed by the late Rob Garrison.


Pre-Karate Kid

Tommy had feelings for Johnny Lawrence's eventually ex-girlfriend Ali, and joined the Cobra Kai Dojo so that he would be able to develop the courage to ask her out. He faced Johnny in the finals of a tournament in 1983 (possibly The All Valley). Despite losing to Johnny, he gave Johnny a tough fight.

Karate Kid

Tommy repeatedly bullies and harasses Daniel LaRusso. He faces Daniel in the fourth round of the All Valley tournament. While he is able to score a point against Daniel, the latter manages to defeat him. He vocally expresses support for Johnny Lawrence during the semifinals and finals, though Johnny loses to Daniel in the finals.

Karate Kid 2

When his and Johnny's instructor Kreese berates Johnny for losing to Daniel in the tournament, Tommy defends Johnny and pleads with Kreese to forgive him. When Kreese chokes Johnny, Tommy tells him to let him go, but Kreese angrily hits him.

Karate Kid 3

Tommy is not present, but it is likely that he left the dojo following Kreese's assault against him and Johnny.

Cobra Kai

Season 1

Despite not appearing in the present time, he appears in flashbacks, and is mentioned by Johnny to his top student Miguel Diaz.

Season 2

It is revealed that Tommy has been diagnozed with Hopice and does not have much time to live. Tommy spends the day hanging out with his former Cobra Kai friends Johnny, Bobby Brown and Jimmy. Tommy ends up dying peacefully in his sleep which saddens the others.


Tommy is the most vocal member of the Cobra Kai. From time to time he yells out of joy or anger. However, over 3 decades later Tommy is much more calm and peaceful. He spends his final day happily hanging out with his friends. He then dies peacefully in his sleep.


  • According to Cobra Kai producer Jon Hurwitz, Tommy was potentially scheduled to appear in the show's third season portrayed by Rob Garrison again, where he would appear in flashbacks. Unfortunately, those plans didn't materialize due to Garrison's death in 2019.
  • When he dies peacefully in his sleep, he is put in a body bag when an ambulance arrives to pick up his corpse. This coincidentally references his known quote, "Get him a body bag! Yeah!"


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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