"Hey man, cool it with the nerd shit."
―Hawk to Demetri[src]

Eli "Hawk" Moskowitz is character in Cobra Kai.

He is a bullied student who joins the Cobra Kai Dojo after witnessing Miguel Diaz's fight with Kyler's gang. He is arguably the second best student among the next generation Cobra Kai students, inferior only to Miguel.

After joining Cobra Kai, he quickly gets corrupted by Cobra Kai's no mercy mentality, which makes him aggressive and a bully. His bullying gets worse the more he is corrupted. He becomes arguably more of a bully than the people that bullied him.

Eventually, Hawk's conscience starts to kick in, which makes him question his and Cobra Kai's antics. During the brawl at the LaRusso home, Hawk finally sees the error of his ways and joins Eagle Fang Karate, saving his best friend Demetri and helping to take down his former Cobra Kai compatriots. He then joins with Miyagi-Do and Eagle Fang in training against Cobra Kai, reconciled with his old friends.

Biography

Pre-Cobra Kai

Eli was born with a Cleft Lip and when it was removed it left a permanent scar. At some point prior to the events of Cobra Kai he meets Demetri and the two become best friends. Eli was a fan of Harry Potter and Doctor Who, which Demetri similarly enjoyed. Eli was often bullied because of the scar on his face. Eli was even a quiet individual according to Demetri.

Cobra Kai

Season 1

At first Eli is quiet and shy, and he is often teased for his deformed lip. Miguel becomes friends with Demetri and Eli due to them being unpopular. The three are picked on by Kyler and his friends.

After Miguel beats up Kyler and his friends both Demetri and Eli join the Cobra Kai Dojo. At the dojo, Sensei Johnny Lawrence insults Eli's lip even when he tells him to stop. Johnny tells Eli to flip the script in order to stop the others from making fun of him. Eli then leaves, possibly quitting which makes Johnny upset. He however returns the next day with a Mohawk and says he has flipped the script, which impresses Johnny. From then on his name is Hawk. He even has a tattoo on his back which his parents don't know about that. Not only does his looks change, but his personality changes as well as he goes from being shy, scared and insecure, to overconfident, over the top, aggressive and hot headed. In a way he turns into Dutch, Johnny's friend at Cobra Kai when they were students at the Cobra Kai dojo.

His new look and personality causes Moon, who used to bully him for his deformed lip, to become attracted to him. The two kiss and supposedly become a couple at the lake. At the all valley tournament he reaches the semifinals where he faces Johnny's son Robby Keene. He wins the first point against Robby, but loses the second. After losing the second point, Hawk taunts Robby and in response Robby mocks Hawk's Mohawk, which infuriates Hawk and causes him to kick Robby from behind in the shoulder, thus dislocating it and causing Hawk to get disqualified from the tournament. Following his disqualification an upset Johnny asks him why he did what he did, but Hawk angrily defends his action and shows no remorse. After Miguel wins the tournament for Cobra Kai, Hawk and the other's cheer for him.

Season 2

Hawk's role increases significantly, as his story-line is one of the central plots of the season. He can be considered as one of the main characters of this season.

Following Miguel's victory in the All Valley tournament, Hawk along with Miguel, Aisha, Moon and Demetri celebrate. The following morning however, Hawk and Miguel are forced by Johnny to do 50 push ups because of their cheap moves against Robby in the tournament.

After some time, Miguel finds out that Robby is Johnny's son and he tells Hawk, causing them both to believe the only reason Johnny is being hard on them because they attacked his son. When they confront Johnny, an angry Johnny tells them that despite Robby being his son, he doesn't tolerate unethical behavior. He also tells them to mind their own business.

Over the course of the season Hawk becomes a flat out bully, intimidating and insulting the new students, and bullying Demetri after the latter writes a bad review about Cobra Kai. When Demetri is at the comic store in the mall, Hawk and some of his fellow Cobra Kai classmates corner him, and Hawk attempts to threaten Demetri to take down his yelp review about Cobra Kai. When Demetri refuses, Hawk attacks him. Demetri then runs away, but Hawk and his gang corner him. Hawk is about to attack him again, but Robby and Samantha arrive. Hawk and his gang fight them, but Hawk is beaten by Robby, and the rest of the gang is bested as well. However, his new behavior scares Moon and causes her to dump him. Furious over the breakup Hawk takes his anger out on a punching bag. Johnny's sensei Kreese then uses Hawks anger against him by manipulating him into behaving more aggressively.

Encouraged by Kreese and without Johnny's knowledge, Hawk leads a small group of students to vandalize and destroy Daniel LaRusso's dojo, and Hawk steals the Medal of Honor which belonged to Daniel's sensei Mr. Miyagi. In retaliation, Johnny collectively punishes the dojo with endless exercises, but Kreese tells Hawk to not come clean. During a competition Miguel notices Hawk with the Medal of Honor and realizes he destroyed Daniel's dojo. Hawk is confronted by Miguel, whom he challenges to get it. Despite putting up a good fight Hawk is defeated by Miguel. Miguel then takes the Medal of Honor and gives it to Robby. Surprisingly, Hawk is not angry at Miguel for this loss, surmising that the fight was fair and square.

During a party at Moon's house Hawk tries to win her back by flirting with another girl, but is shocked when Moon kisses her and reveals they are dating. Hawk is upset as a result. Demetri comes and they manage to briefly bond over "Doctor Who", but after Demetri suggests he have inner peace Hawk responds by pouring beer on his head. Demetri gets revenge on him by taking a mic and revealing embarrassing stories about Hawk. An enraged Hawk tries to attack him, but the cops arrive. Hawk then tells Demetri he will see him at school and runs off.

On the first day of school, Hawk gladly participates in the school brawl. He beats up several Miyagi Do students, before chasing Demetri. Eventually he catches Demetri and starts attacking him, but Demetri defends himself with Daniel's Miyagi-Do Karate teachings and manages to beat Hawk. Hawk witnesses Miguel lying on the ground unconscious. Back in the dojo Hawk along with ToryRaymondMitch and some other students are training with Kreese. When Johnny comes to the Dojo, Kreese reveals he now owns the dojo. Johnny accuses the students of abandoning him, only for Hawk to blame him for Miguel's injuries.

Season 3

When Kreese asks which students are uncomfortable feeding the mouse to the snake, Hawk is among the handful that doesn't raise their hands. Hawk however is shocked when Kreese permanently kicks out the ones that objected. Hawk tells Kreese that it isn't the right time to make cuts since the school fight, but Kreese questions him if he is bothered, to which Hawk says no. After finding out that the Miyagi Do's are hosting a fundraiser for Miguel's surgery, Hawk vows they won't get away with this. In the end of the day, when the fundraiser ends, Hawk, Mitch and two other Cobra Kai's corner Nathaniel, take the money for Miguel's surgery (Mitch says they plan on giving it to him themselves), and beat up Nathaniel.

At school, Hawk destroys Demetri's science project, angering him. At a school soccer game, the Miyagi and Cobra Kai's get physical, with Demetri pushing and leg sweeping Hawk as revenge, and Hawk getting back by headbutting Demetri. One day, Hawk, Mitch and some other Cobra Kai's cause havoc in the arcade and harassing Chris at work, causing some of the Miyagi Do's to stop him, resulting in a fight. After pinning Demetri to the ground, the other Cobra Kai's tell him to break his arm, while Demetri plants him not to. After momentarily hesitating, he breaks it, but shows some discomfort when Demetri screams in pain.

When Kyler and Brucks join Cobra Kai, Hawk is unhappy as they were his former bullies, and he tells Kreese they aren't Cobra Kai material, but Kreese says they are natural athletes. When Kyler and Brucks encounter Hawk, they make fun of him. Brucks and Kyler says they thought he left the school and admits the cool hair distracts people from the scar. Mitch then loses to Kyler in a sparing match, causing Kreese to kick him out of the dojo. While Hawk says Mitch is loyal, Kreese still kicks him out for not being Cobra Kai material. When it is Bruck's turn to fight, Hawk says he will fight him. Brucks mockingly says he will fix his lip, but is then freaked out when he sees the Eagle tattoo on Hawk's back. Hawk then aggressively beats him up most likely due to his past bullying. In the end Brucks is groaning in pain, while Kyler becomes scared of Hawk. Kreese tells someone to pick up Brucks and laughs at how he was attacked.

After Miguel returns to school, Hawk greets him. In the cafeteria, he mocks Mitch and tells him to sit at the losers table. He however is then confronted by Miguel for breaking Demetri's arm and going against their sensei Johnny, only for Hawk to say that Johnny betrayed them and is no longer their sensei, making Miguel upset who tells him he is letting Kreese take over his mind. Hawk is then shocked to learn from Miguel that Johnny has started a dojo. Miguel tries to persuade Hawk to join. When Johnny shows up at school later that day, he approaches Hawk and some of the Cobra Kai's, where he acknowledges his mistakes. However, Hawk criticizes Johnny for making them pay the price by quitting and going soft on them, which causes an angry Johnny to remind Hawk that he, not Kreese is the reason that Hawk went from being a whip to a tough guy. He then tells them that Kreese doesn't care about them and that they should come to his dojo tomorrow.

The following morning when Johnny's students are there, Hawk shows up with the other Cobra Kai's and Kreese, where he reminds Johnny that he is Cobra Kai for life. Hawk's behaviour causes his friendship with Miguel to end. After finding out that Robby has joined Cobra Kai, Hawk is angry and still holds a grudge against him for what he done to Miguel.

One day, Hawk along with some of the Cobra Kai's, which includes Robby plan to sneak into the Zoo and steal a snake for Kreese. When Robby arrives, Hawk is angry that he was invited by Tory and Tory challenges Hawk by saying if he has a problem with Robby being on the mission. Kyler is then nice to Robby and treats him as a friend and gives him a beer but Robby declines and says he is good. Kyler accepts but Hawk says he can't handle a sip of beer and Robby mocks Hawk and says that he doesn't need to be cool to drink. Hawk tries to face off against Robby but Kyler and Tory break it up. While Hawk aborts the mission due to Kyler forgetting the snake pole, Robby ends up getting the snake with his own hands. Hawk is still not pleased about Robby being on their team. However, That night after bringing the snake, Kreese reveals to them all that Miguel and Sam are now working together angering Robby and Tory the most. With Tory storming out as she is upset about her breakup with Miguel. Kreese orders the members to go and attack the Eagle/Miyagi Do's.

Then, on that same night, when the Miyagi Do's and Eagle Fang's who had agreed to work together, were at Sam's house, Hawk and seven other Cobra Kai's show up and attack them. He spends a lot of time fighting one Miyagi Do. While the student puts up a fight and gets some hits, Hawk has the upper hand overall and defeats him. Eventually however, he begins to second guess his decision when Cobra Kai begins to gain the advantage. He starts to remember what Johnny and Miguel said at school, as well as what Kreese said about enemies. After this, he sees Doug holding Demetri's arm. Doug encourages him to break it. Hawk runs up, but knocks down both of the Cobra Kai's and saves Demetri. After saving Demetri, he apologizes to Demetri for everything, resulting in their friendship being rekindled, and the two then work together to defeat several Cobra Kai's.

After defeating the Cobra Kai's in Sam's house, he heads to Daniel's home dojo by the pool along with Miguel and Demetri, where they see Tory, who was just disarmed by Sam. Hawk tells Tory the fight is over, but she refuses to believe it's over. She leaves, but not before telling Hawk to watch his back; Demetri promises that Hawk's friends will watch it for him. The following morning, Hawk goes to Miyagi Do, where he high fives Demetri, and trains with the Miyagi Do and Eagle Fang students under Johnny and Daniel's leadership.

Cobra Kai: The Karate Kid Saga Continues

Hawk appears as a playable character when playing the Cobra Kai side of the story and boss in the Miyagi Do side of the story in the video game Cobra Kai: The Karate Kid Saga Continues and the game is rated Pegi 12

Personality

Season 1

Eli, like the other misfits in his school, is a very quiet and introverted individual. His only friend is Demetri. After witnessing Miguel Diaz beating Kyler's gang, he joins Cobra Kai. After Johnny Lawrence mocks him for his deformed lip, Eli becomes angry and unhappy. However, he later learned how to use his deformed lip to "flip the script" and gain confidence of himself. After becoming "Hawk" his personality drastically changes as he is aggressive, hotheaded and disobedient. His new behavior however gets the better of him as he angrily attacks Robby from behind during the All Valley tournament, but shows no remorse in doing when his act gets him disqualified.

"Defeat does not exist."
"There's that winning attitude that pushed her away in the first place. I think you need a healthy dose of inner peace.
"
―Hawk and Demetri[src]


Season 2

Hawk's behaviour and actions become much worse and more dangerous the more involved in Cobra Kai he becomes, as he adopts a far more thuggish, cruel, and dark approach toward life, given that he is shown intimidating new students and calling them "fresh fishes", as well as bullying people and trashing the Miyagi dojo. Hawk even turns on his best friend Demetri and bullies him after the latter writes a negative review about Cobra Kai, as well as allows Johnny's sensei Kreese to poison and corrupt his mind. Spiraling more out of control his attitude costs him his relationship with Moon, strains his relationship with friends and makes him more impulsive and reckless in fights. It is implied he defeated Tory during Coyote Creek. During the high school brawl, Hawk goes wild during the fight, chases and eventually attacks Demetri with reckless abandon who kicks his former best friend into a trophy case and defeats him. At the end, after Johnny walks into the dojo and finds out that Kreese, along with Hawk and the others have betrayed him, Hawk openly blames Johnny for Miguel being hospitalized.

Season 3

While Hawk remains just as aggressive as ever, he shows signs of his conscience bothering him. Kreese's merciless methods don't sit with him as well as he initially thought. When he joint locks Demetri during the Lazer Tag brawl, he is clearly conflicted about injuring his former best friend, despite their contentious recent history. Eventually, during the invasion in the LaRusso house, Hawk begins to realize that Kreese's ways are wrong and saves his best friend instead of breaking his arm. Apologizing to Demetri, Hawk reconciles with Demetri and fights side-by-side with him to defeat his former compatriots. Reconciled with his old friends, Hawk later joins Miyagi-Do and Eagle Fang in preparing to fight Cobra Kai.

Fighting Style

"Prepare to face the fury of the Hawk."
―Eli Moskowitz to Robby Keene[src]

Once he enters training in season 1, Hawk develops into an aggressive fighter with a penchant for high risk techniques. In season 1, he does demonstrate a solid defense when pressed, weathering an intense combination from Robby only to counter with a well-timed take-down. In season 2 his style becomes even flashier and more reckless, incorporating aerial kicks and other high risk moves, getting poorer and poorer on defense which exposes him to counters.

Hawk tends to focus most of his attention on offense and brute strength, but both began to hurt him when facing opponents with solid defense and technique. After scoring a point on Robby in the all valley, the latter starts using his technique to counter Hawk's strike and take him down. In season 2, though he gets some hits on Robby during their fight, before getting reckless and running himself on a well placed counter.

During the brawl at the school Hawk fights wildly while fired up. Wasting energy on Miyagi-Do students he finally begins to chase Demetri.

When eventually fighting Demetri Hawk gains the upper hand and at first, but is ultimately beaten when Demetri uses defensive tactics to blocks all his attacks and follows with a sharply timed counter. Hawk being defeated by both Robby and Demetri demonstrate that his overuse of offense and brute strength are of limited utility when he is facing opponents with solid technique, even if they are physically weaker and less experienced. It should also be noted, however, that Hawk was tired from fighting and caught off guard by the improvement of Demetri's technique.

Hawk is still an aggressive fighter in season 3. The training made him a bit more composed as he countered Demetri to snatch him in a joint lock. The teachings of Kreese also made him more patient and less impulsive which visibly improves his fighting style. However, he does aggressively and brutally beat up Brucks during their sparing match, out of anger over his past bullying. After joining forces with Demetri in the end of season 3, the two are shown to have a complimentary fighting style as a team, occasionally joining hands and swinging each other around to attack opponents.

Relationships

Demetri

Demetri is Hawk's current best friend and former main rival and enemy. They were friends even before Cobra Kai. They became friends due to their similar interests, and possibly because of their shared unpopular status. They become friends with Miguel in season 1 of Cobra Kai. Halfway into season 1 they join Cobra Kai, though Demetri quits after being embarrassed by Sensei Johnny. Despite quitting, the two are still friends.

In season 2, their friendship becomes strained when Demetri complains to him about being hit by Kreese, but Hawk insults him and shows no sympathy. Their friendship comes to an end after Demetri rights a bad review about Cobra Kai due to Kreese hitting him, causing Hawk to attack him in the mall along with some of his Cobra Kai friends.

Later in the season, Demetri attempts to bond with Hawk at Moon's party by talking to him about "Doctor Who", which appears to work as Hawk seems interested, but then it sours when Demetri suggests Hawk has inner peace, causing Hawk to respond by dumping beer on his head. Furious over the treatment, Demetri gets revenge by revealing embarrassing stories about Hawk, enraging the latter. The following morning during the school brawl, Hawk attempts to get revenge by chasing Demetri across the school and attacking him, but is defeated in the end when the latter uses his Miyagi Do tactics to counter all of his strikes, before kicking him into a trophy case.

In season 3, their rivalry continues and they're still enemies. However, as Hawk's conscience begins to return, he shows increasing signs of remorse over his behavior towards his former best friend. This culminates in Hawk defecting and saving Demetri and reconciling with his best friend. The two fight together against the Cobra Kai students and Demetri stands up for Hawk to Tory. Later, the two share a handshake and a hug as they stand together when Miyagi-Do and Eagle Fang begin training together.

Miguel Diaz

Miguel is Hawk's another best friend. They immediately become friendly, due to them being bullied by Kyler and his gang. Eli joins Cobra Kai after witnessing Miguel using his skills at Cobra Kai to beat up Kyler and his gang. After becoming Hawk, he would go on to become one of the top students along with Miguel. Despite Hawk's abrasive personality and actions, as well as the two getting into a fight over Mr. Miyagi's badge of honor that Hawk stole, they remain close friends. After Miguel is admitted to the hospital due to Robby kicking him off the railing. Hawk tries to wake Miguel up, but a cop tells him to back off. Hawk even angrily blames their sensei Johnny for this.

In Season 3, Hawk visits Miguel in hospital in hope he is okay. Hawk gets revenge on Miyagi Do for what they did to Miguel, example of stealing the fund raiser for Miguel's surgery in order to look this is their part.

When Miguel returns to school Hawk was happy to see him. Until Miguel learns about Demetri's arm got broken he immediately confronts him about this, but Hawk tells him that he should be thankful to them to avenge Miyagi Do for what they did to him. Miguel tells him why is he acting like that. Miguel clarified to him that it isn't Johnny's fault and Hawk respond back saying that Johnny isn't his sensei. But Miguel encourages him to join Johnny's new karate dojo.

Hawk and Miguel's friendship almost goes down. When Hawk sees Robby in Cobra Kai, he threatens Robby to get out because he kicked Miguel off the balcony as he have anger toward Robby, which shows Hawk wants get revenge on Robby for what he did to Miguel.

The two become fully reconciled after Hawk defects during the fight at Sam's house with Miguel witnessing Hawk and Demetri fighting together helping to motivate him again.

Moon

Moon is Hawk's former bully and ex-girlfriend. Moon and Yasmine alongside with Kyler and Brucks have first been making fun of Eli's lip for years. When Eli turned into "Hawk," and got his mohawk, their relationship changed. The first time we see them getting along is at Yasmine's party when they make out. This officially confirms that they're a couple.

In season 2, Moon dumps Hawk for beating up Demetri, as she rejects bullying, which angers him. Later in the season at Moon's party, Hawk attempts to flirt with Piper, (who doesn't know that's Moon's new girlfriend) to make her jealous. He then sees Moon kiss her and doesn't know that she is bisexual. Moon however is nice and introduces Piper, her new girlfriend to him. Hawk tells her that it is awesome, covering the fact that he's jealous and still into Moon. He then stares at them kissing with jealous for the majority of the party.

In the season 3, we see Hawk beating up someone in the Cobra Kai dojo with his shirt off and we also see that he covered up his Moon tattoo with the grim reaper implying that he got over the breakup with Moon. But he seems to still have feelings for her as he attempts to impress her at a soccer game but fails.

Mrs. Moskowitz

Not much is known about the relationship between Mrs. Moskowtiz and her son Hawk. What we do know is the she is a caring mother for him and loves him very much. The only time we see his mother is in a flashback when Eli was crying coming home for school because he was getting bullied. She calls the school and reports that her son is getting bullied by kids at the school. Eli doesn't like it but he appreciates that his mother cares. After she finishes the phone call, Eli tells his mother that he is a freak and that he will never get a girlfriend, that he will never have any other friend besides Demetri and that they will never stop making fun of him. However this has all changed. When Eli transformed into Hawk, his mother does know that he has a mohawk, that he takes karate lessons and he was competing in the karate tournament, but is unaware of his nickname Hawk, his tattoos, that he isn't friends with Demetri anymore and that he became a bully. This was all temporary of time until he left Cobra Kai.

Johnny Lawrence

Johnny was Hawk's former sensei at the Cobra Kai Dojo. When Eli first joins Cobra Kai halfway into season 1, Johnny mocks his lip and tells him to flip the script. Eli takes his message to heart and shows up the next day with a Mohawk, impressing the latter. From then on he becomes Hawk. However, when Hawk is disqualified in the semifinals at the All valley tournament for kicking Robby when his back was turned, an angry Johnny confronts him, but Hawk shows no remorse.

In the beginning of the season 2, Hawk and Miguel are punished by Johnny for their dirty tactics in the tournament. Halfway into the season, Hawk seemingly starts losing faith in Johnny, and is being more obedient to Johnny's sensei Kreese. In the finale, Hawk and a handful of students have joined Kreese, who has now taken over the dojo. When Johnny confronts Hawk and the students, Hawk angrily blames Johnny for Miguel's injury.

In season 3, Hawk is shown telling Johnny that they (the students) paid the price for Johnny going soft on them. However, Johnny tells him that Kreese doesn't actually care about Hawk. During the fight at Sam's house, Hawk realizes that his former sensei is right and defects to help defeat Cobra Kai, later joining Johnny's new Eagle Fang Karate and training with them and Miyagi-Do against Cobra Kai.

Tory Nichols

Tory is the girlfriend of Hawk's best friend Miguel. Due to Tory dating Miguel, Hawk is often seen hanging out with her and Miguel. While they don't have much interaction, it can be assumed that they are on friendly terms. However he is later betrays Cobra Kai when he helped Demetri fight against his former compatriots. He convinced Tory to stop the fight, but Tory calls him a "traitor" and tells him to watch his back. Demetri warns Tory that Hawk won't have to as Hawk's friends will do it for him.

Aisha Robinson

Hawk and Aisha have a amicable relationship both in and out of the Cobra Kai Dojo. While Hawk and Aisha are not as close as Hawk is to Miguel, or Aisha is to Sam, (and later Tory) Hawk can be seen through out the series being sociable with Aisha. A prime example is when they celebrate with Victory Nachos after the win at the All-Valley Tournament. Additionally; when Aisha says "but the waitress was not feeling Hawk's fake I.D.", Hawk does not admonish Aisha, but meekly reminds her that his parents follow her on Instagram. This leads a viewer to believe that not only does Hawk not want to get in trouble for a fake I.D. but he seems to have a good relationship with Aisha and respects her both as a member of Cobra Kai, and as a person.

Robby Keene

Robby is Hawk's second rival. They first meet in the semifinals of the All Valley Tournament in season 1. Hawk attempts to intimidate him before fight starts. After Robby mocks his mohawk, an enraged Hawk kicks him when his back is turned, resulting in Robby's shoulder being injured, and Hawk being disqualified.

Similar to season 1, they have very little interaction in season 2. When Hawk and his Cobra Kai friends corner Demetri in the mall, Robby and Sam jump in and tell them leave. Then a fight breaks out between both groups. Robby has the upper-hand on and win in the end by knocking him unconscious. At the school brawl, Hawk witnesses at Robby as he kicks Miguel off the second balcony and severely injures him.

In season 3, when seeing Robby Keene joining Cobra Kai, he shows his disgust as he claims that Robby isn't a Cobra Kai material. He is shown being envious of Robby when he gets the snake from the zoo, which impresses his friends. They became enemies again when Hawk defects from Cobra Kai.

John Kreese

Hawk is the most corrupted by Kreese's teachings, to the point of becoming a sadistic jerk, who seemed to enjoy tormenting people Hawk is encouraged by Kreese and without Johnny's knowledge, Hawk leads a small group of students to vandalize and destroy Daniel LaRusso's dojo, and Hawk steals the Medal of Honor which belonged to Daniel's sensei Mr. Miyagi. The influence Kreese and Cobra Kai's initial teachings are so great, that after Johnny believed he had gotten rid of Kreese and tried to instill humility and mercy into his students, Hawk was shown to be clearly infuriated by this concept as he greatly enjoyed the confidence and power it the initial teachings had given him and was sickened at the concept of showing mercy to a world which had shown him none since the day he was born. However, when his former sensei Johnny Lawrence and his friend Miguel convinced that Kreese doesn't care about Hawk, he ultimately betrays Cobra Kai and apparently Kreese for good and trains against him under Daniel and Johnny.

Kyler and his gang

Kyler and his gang were Hawk's former bullies. In their one interaction in season 1, Eli, Miguel and Demetri are bullied by Kyler and his friend Brucks in the library, with Kyler grabbing Eli's chin and mocking his lip. After Kyler and his gang are defeated My Miguel, Eli isn't harassed by them again. Eli would then go on to become Hawk.

When Kyler and Brucks join Cobra Kai in season 3, Hawk is unhappy due to their past bullying, and both of them mock him. During his fight with Brucks, Hawk brutally beats him up, causing him to groan in pain, and making Kyler scared of Hawk. While Brucks isn't seen after this, Hawk and Kyler are shown being civil to each other a few episodes later. It can be assumed that they go back to being enemies when Hawk defects from Cobra Kai and sides with Miyagi Do during the fight at Sam's house.

Mitch

Mitch is Hawk's friend and former enemy. In season 2 of Cobra Kai, Hawk and some other Cobra Kai's, which include Mitch try to beat up Demetri in the mall, but he is saved by Sam and Robby. Next, we see them together at Moon's party. We see them first together alongside with Aisha looking angry at the Miyagi dojo. Then we see them together when Demetri makes a speech about how his friend Eli, who now goes by Hawk, used to be his best friend until he joined Cobra Kai. While Demetri is making fun of Hawk during his speech, Hawk tries to attack but Mitch tells him not to because their sensei Johnny told them to show mercy. At the end of Demetri's speech Hawk tells him that he's a corpse and Mitch and the other Cobra Kai students then agree with Hawk. The final time we see them together in season 2 is at is at the ending. Hawk and Mitch, alongside with more Cobra Kai students join Kreese and betray Johnny. The whole Cobra Kai dojo kicks Johnny out.

In season 3, we first see them together in the school lobby alongside with Bert. We next see them together at the arcade room alongside with Cobra Kai Students Mikey and Doug. They all steal items from the arcade prize room and harass Chris. While still at the arcade place, they run into Miyagi-Do and have a fight with them. At the end of the fight, Mitch approves of Hawk breaking Demetri's hand. Next we see them together at the Cobra Kai Dojo. Kreese calls Mitch to fight an untrained Kyler. When Kyler wins the fight, Kreese tells Mitch that he will take his spot on the team. Hawk tries to defend Mitch by telling Kreese that he's been loyal to the dojo. Kreese then tells him that he's not "Cobra Kai material." The next day at lunch, Mitch tries to sit with Hawk and his friends but is excluded for losing against an untrained fighter. Hawk then tells him to sit at the "rejects table," where former Cobra Kai students Bert and Tim were sitting at. This made Mitch join Eagle Fang Karate. In the finale, when Sam tries to get Miyagi Do and Eagle Fang to work together, Mitch (Who was kicked out of Cobra Kai and now apart of Eagle Fang) along with most of the group disagrees, and Mitch decides to leave at one point, but ultimately agrees along with the rest after Demetri makes a speech about needing to work together in order to take down Cobra Kai. At the ending, Hawk joins Eagle Fang Karate and they're friends again.

Trivia

  • Eli can be compared to the following characters
    • Dutch, as both are aggressive and hotheaded. They also both served as the main characters right hand man, Dutch to Johnny Lawrence and Hawk to Miguel Diaz. They were also both the most corrupted by Kreese's teachings, to the point of becoming a sadistic jerk, who seemed to enjoy tormenting people. They both say to their rivals, “you’re dead meat.”
    • Johnny Lawrence, as both were influenced by their sensei to behave mercilessly, and were also their sensei's favored student. They also were both bully and victim, leaders of their respective friend groups, target a specific target - Daniel and Demetri respectively, and cornered their victims only to ultimately lose. They also have similar redemption arcs.
    • Bobby Brown- Both reached the semifinals of the All Valley Tournament, but got disqualified after committing an illegal move against their opponents; Daniel LaRusso and Robby Keene respectively. However, Hawk's illegal move was intentional and he did not regret committing the move, while Bobby reluctantly committed the illegal move and showed remorse after doing so. Bobby was ordered to do so by his sensei, whereas Hawk lashed out on his own initiative.
    • Hawk can also be compared to Daniel LaRusso, as they both joined karate to stand up to bullies, only to be corrupted by the Cobra Kai mentality.
  • Eli seems to be the most affected by the Cobra Kai's ruthless mentality, like Dutch, until he redeemed himself.
  • Eli is arguably the most focused Cobra Kai student.
  • He has fought Robby twice, but did not emerge victorious either times as he got disqualified the first time, and lost to Robby the second time.
  • While Hawk can be seen as the main villain of season 2 due to him bullying and harassing people similar to Johnny in the original Karate Kid; his actions are a result of John Kreese corrupting his mind and manipulating him into acting this way, making the latter the main villain.
  • Hawk is a fan of British singer Yungblud. We hear his song play in the background while Hawk plays volleyball with Demetri in Fire and Ice.
  • Jon Hurwitz and Hayden Schlossberg have expressed their like to the ship between Hawk and Demetri, as Jon liked a comment about the pair while Hayden retweeted something.

Quotes

"Alright, let me let you in on a little secret. It's not just a haircut or the back tattoo. It's a way of life, man. You just gotta feel the energy and just live in the moment, you know?"
―Hawk to Demetri[src]


"Defeat does not exist."
"There's that winning attitude that pushed her away in the first place. I think you need a healthy dose of inner peace.
"
―Hawk and Demetri[src]


"Prepare to face the fury of the Hawk."
―Eli Moskowitz to Robby Keene[src]


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  1. Jon Hurwitz and Hayden Schlossberg have expressed their like to the ship between Hawk and Demetri, as Jon liked a comment about the pair while Hayden retweeted something.
  2. He is 1 week older than Miguel whose birthday has been confirmed.
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