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"Lemme let you in on a little secret - it's not just the haircut or the back tattoo...it's a way of life, man! You just gotta feel the energy, just live in the moment!"
―Hawk to Demetri [src]

Eli "Hawk" Moskowitz is a main character in Cobra Kai.

Initially a quiet and bullied victim, Eli gains confidence after joining the Cobra Kai Dojo and becoming a star student alongside Miguel. However, he is quickly corrupted by Cobra Kai's ruthless mentality, which makes him aggressive, merciless, and a flat out bully. He arguably becomes worse than the people that bullied him.

Despite taking a turn for the worst, Hawk's conscience eventually begins to re-emerge, which causes him to question his and Cobra Kai's antics, especially when he is still loyal to Miguel. During the fight at the LaRusso household, Hawk finally notices the errors in his conduct, and his unwillingness to be on Cobra Kai with his two biggest enemies prompts him to turn against Cobra Kai and side with Miyagi-Do Karate and Eagle Fang Karate, as well as reconcile with his former friends he lost during his time at Cobra Kai.

Biography

Eli was born with a cleft lip that when surgically repaired resulted in a scar running from lip to nose. He was often bullied because of his surgical scar, and it is assumed that because of this he avoids confrontation and is quiet and shy. 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.

Cobra Kai

Season 1

At first Eli is quiet and shy, and he is often made fun of for his scar--the result of the repair of a cleft lip. Miguel first meets Demetri and Eli during lunchtime on his first day at school when he was looking for a place to sit. He finds a seat with them due to them also being unpopular. The three are picked on by Kyler and his friends.

"Just give it a chance. You saw the fight. Miguel kicked ass."
―Hawk encouraging Demetri[src]

After Miguel beats up Kyler and his friends, both Demetri and Eli join the Cobra Kai Dojo. At the dojo, Sensei Johnny Lawrence mocks Eli's lip even when Demetri, and then Eli, tells him to stop. Johnny then tells Eli to flip the script in order to stop the others from making fun of him. After this Eli leaves, possibly quitting, which visibly disconcerts Johnny, but he uses Eli's leaving as an example of weakness. However, the next day Eli returns with a new style and a mohawk and says he has flipped the script, which impresses Johnny. From then on, Eli goes by Hawk. He even has a hawk tattoo on his back that his parents aren't supposed to know about. The change in looks reflects a change in personality, 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 and Bobby Brown, Johnny's friends at Cobra Kai when they were students at the old Cobra Kai dojo run by Kreese. He turns a little bit into Bobby as he becomes the second best Cobra Kai student, inferior only to Miguel; Bobby was inferior only to Johnny. However, he is not "too" much like Bobby as Bobby does know a lot about his "limits" and even shows sympathy and is not reckless. Hawk's personality, on the other hand, is almost the exact opposite; he is reckless, can be extremely harsh and severe, and often tends to show no remorse after fights that he has won (until season 3, when he broke Demetri's arm).

His new look and personality causes Moon, who used to bully him with the other popular students for his scar, to become attracted to him. The two kiss and supposedly become a couple at the lake party the Cobra Kais set up to mess with Yasmine and Kyler. At the All Valley tournament, Hawk/Eli 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 Hawk's 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 others cheer for him, but Johnny does not see it as something to be celebrated.

Season 2

Following Miguel's victory in the All Valley tournament, Hawk along with Miguel, Aisha, Moon and Demetri celebrate. However, the following morning Hawk and Miguel are forced by Johnny to do 50 push-ups because of their unsportsmanlike behavior 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, his anger was not about that; he doesn't tolerate unethical behavior. He also tells them to mind their own business.

Over the course of the season, Hawk becomes more recognizably a bully, intimidating and insulting new students of the dojo 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 threatens Demetri, trying to force him 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. Later, Hawk's behavior has even more repercussions as Moon, his girlfriend, points out to Hawk that she likes his new attitude and style, but not his bullying, and so she dumps him. Furious over the breakup, Hawk takes his anger out on a punching bag. Johnny's sensei, Kreese, then uses Hawk's anger against him by manipulating him into behaving more aggressively.

Encouraged by Kreese and without Johnny's knowledge, Hawk leads a small group of Cobra Kai students (not including Miguel) to vandalize and destroy Daniel LaRusso's dojo, and Hawk steals the Medal of Honor which belonged to Daniel's sensei Mr. Miyagi. When Johnny finds out about this, he doesn't know who was responsible, and so he collectively punishes the dojo with endless exercises. Hawk is ready to come clean, but Kreese secretly tells him not to. Later during one of their training exercises, Miguel notices Hawk with the Medal of Honor and realizes Hawk is the one who destroyed Daniel's dojo. Miguel confronts Hawk, who then challenges Miguel to fight him for it. Despite putting up a good fight, Hawk is defeated by Miguel. Miguel then takes the Medal of Honor and later brings it to the LaRusso house. Although he wanted to give it to Sam, Robby is there, so he gives it to Robby and explains that he had no part in the destruction of Miyagi-Do. Surprisingly, Hawk is not angry at Miguel after this fight and the loss, sensing that the fight was fair.

On the last day of summer, Hawk is at the party at Moon's house, where he tries to win her back by flirting with another girl. Moon interrupts their flirting and kisses the girl, revealing that they are dating. This upsets Hawk, of which Demetri gets the effects. 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 Demetri's head. Later at the party, Demetri gets revenge by telling a large group of the party-goers embarrassing stories about Hawk. An enraged Hawk tries to attack him alongside the rest of Cobra Kai, but they're stopped by the rest of Miyagi-Dos. Just as a fight is about to break out, the cops arrive. Before leaving the scene, Hawk runs into Demetri and threateningly reminds him they'll see each other the next day at school.

During the fight that breaks out as a result of Tory attacking Sam, Hawk gladly participates in the school brawl. He fights and beats 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 but apologizes to him in the end. Hawk is there in the aftermath when Miguel is lying unconscious on the steps.

In one of the last scenes back at the Cobra Kai dojo, Hawk, along with Tory, Raymond, Mitch and some other students, are training with Kreese. When Johnny comes to the dojo, Kreese reveals that he now owns it. Johnny accuses the students of abandoning him, only for Hawk to blame him for Miguel's injuries.

Season 3

In one of the first training exercises with the new dojo master, Kreese, the students are supposed to say whether they are uncomfortable feeding a mouse to a snake. Hawk is among the handful that don't raise their hands, but he is surprised and uncomfortable when Kreese dismisses the students who objected, kicking them out of Cobra Kai, including Bert. Hawk asks Kreese if this is the right time to make cuts, since they already lost a few students as a result of the school fight, but Kreese sees this display of possible compassion as a weakness, which Hawk is quick to deny. Kreese then says that Cobra Kai needs a new champion due to Miguel's injury. This causes Hawk to smile, realizing that Kreese is talking about him.

After finding out that the Miyagi-Do students are hosting a fundraiser for Miguel's surgery, Hawk sees this as an affront against Cobra Kai and vows they won't get away with this. At the end of the day and Miyagi-Do's successful fundraiser, Hawk, Mitch and two other Cobra Kai students corner Nathaniel, who was responsible for the transporting the donations for Miguel's surgery, beat him up and take the money. Mitch does say they plan on giving it to Miguel's family themselves.

The rivalry between Cobra Kai and Miyagi-Do, largely sustained by Hawk, continues at school. Hawk destroys Demetri's science project, but Demetri cannot retaliate due to the new anti-fighting policies at the school. Hawk gets his friends out of trouble by acting as Eli. Recognizing this, the two dojos find other ways of acting out their rivalry. During a gym class soccer game, the Miyagi-Dos and Cobra Kais get physical, with Demetri pushing and leg sweeping Hawk as revenge, and Hawk getting back by headbutting Demetri. Hawk also kicks the soccer ball at a Miyagi-Do student's face. When the game is interrupted and both sides are sent to the counselor's office for disciplining, Hawk (who was allowed to tell their side first) gets himself and his friends off without punishment by turning into Eli with a (fake) docile and apologetic demeanor, while Sam, Demetri, and the other Miyagi Dos involved get detention.

This isn't the end, as shortly thereafter, Hawk, Mitch and some other Cobra Kais cause havoc in the arcade and harass Chris at work. He texts Sam, who then recruits some of the Miyagi-Do students to stop them, resulting in a fight. Initially, Hawk is losing to Sam, and the Miyagi-Do students have the edge. However, when Tory arrives with Big Red and Edwin, Cobra Kai gains the edge. After pinning Demetri to the ground, the other Cobra Kais pressure Hawk to break his arm, while Demetri pleads with him not to. After momentarily hesitating, Hawk breaks Demetri's arm, but shows some discomfort as Demetri screams in pain, showing remorse for taking this out of hand with his former best friend.

The following morning before class at the Cobra Kai dojo, Hawk shows some uneasiness when Mitch brags about Hawk breaking Demetri's arm, but to not show this, he claims that Miyagi-Do got what they deserved. He is unhappy and nervous after noticing his former bullies Kyler and Brucks joining Cobra Kai. He tries to convince Kreese that they aren't Cobra Kai material. Kreese deflects this by pointing out how they are natural athletes. When Kyler and Brucks encounter Hawk, they make fun of him, much like old times, which visibly causes Hawk to shrink into himself a bit and his two selves, former Eli and present Hawk, are conflicted. When Mitch loses to Kyler in the sparing match that Kreese has arranged to determine who belongs in Cobra Kai, Kreese kicks him out of the dojo. Hawk objects, pointing out how loyal Mitch has been, but Kreese says that Mitch isn't Cobra Kai material despite his loyalty. This visibly saddens Hawk. When it is Brucks' turn to fight, Hawk says he will fight him, and Kreese, seeing Hawk's taste for revenge, indicates the match won't run by the normal, fair rules of competition. Brucks mockingly says he will fix Hawk's lip, but Hawk lets him see his hawk tattoo and shows he is unbothered, as Brucks and Kyler become uneasy. Hawk then aggressively, easily beats Bruck in competition and doesn't stop even when Brucks is already on the ground and begs him to. It seems that Hawk uses the opportunity to let out the pent-up emotions of his past bullying. In the end of the fight, Brucks is groaning in pain, while Hawk gets up with a satisfied look, and blood on his hands. Hawk glares at Kyler after beating Brucks, with the latter looking away, proving that Kyler is scared of Hawk from this moment. Hawk also indicates that this is what could also happen to Kyler if he messes with Hawk.

After Miguel returns to school, Hawk greets him and things seem to continue like before. However, their friend group dynamics are changed as Hawk is quick to mock Mitch when they meet in the cafeteria, and tells him to sit at the loser's table. Then, Hawk is confronted by Miguel for breaking Demetri's arm and going against their sensei. Hawk argues that Johnny is the one who betrayed them, and that he is no longer their sensei. This upsets Miguel, who tells Hawk he is letting Kreese take over his mind. Hawk is then shocked to learn from Miguel that Johnny has started a new dojo, which Miguel tries to persuade Hawk to join. When Johnny shows up at school later that day, he approaches Hawk and some of the Cobra Kais, and he acknowledges his mistakes. However, Hawk criticizes Johnny for 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 weakling 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 training, Hawk shows up with the other Cobra Kais. After initially thinking they are going to join Johnny's new dojo, Kreese also appears and Hawk reminds Johnny that he is Cobra Kai for life. Things are tense for a moment until the Cobra Kais leave, but this is where it becomes clear that Hawk's and Miguel's friendship is over for the time being. However, Hawk still seems to care about Miguel, since he is upset to find out that Robby has joined Cobra Kai, which is problematic because of what he did to Miguel. He then tells Kreese to not allow Robby a place in Cobra Kai after the incident with Miguel at the high school and that Robby is “the enemy”. Rather than kick Robby out of Cobra Kai, Kreese responds by telling Hawk that during his time in the military, “it was hard to tell who was the enemy” but that he figured out that, “The enemy of your enemy is your friend”. By this statement, Kreese means to say that Hawk can be Robby's friend since both are enemies of Miguel. However, since Hawk does not really feel that Miguel is his enemy, it actually means that they are still friends in both being Robby's enemy.

Despite their disagreements, Hawk wants to please Kreese as the new sensei, and so he, along with some of the Cobra Kais, sets up a plan to sneak into the zoo and steal a snake for Kreese. When Robby arrives, Hawk is angry that he was invited by Tory, but Tory challenges Hawk having a problem with Robby being on the mission. When Hawk aborts the mission because Kyler forgot the snake pole, Robby ends up getting the snake with his bare hands. Despite the mission being successful, Hawk is still not pleased about Robby being on their team. That night after bringing the snake, Kreese reveals to them all that Miguel and Sam are now working together. He then orders the members to go and attack the Eagle Fangs/Miyagi-Dos, causing Hawk to be reluctant about joining the mission with Kyler.

Then, on that same night, when the Miyagi-Do and Eagle Fang students had just agreed to work together at Sam's house, Hawk and seven other Cobra Kais show up and attack them. Hawk spends a lot of time fighting Miyagi-Do student Stiven. While Stiven puts up a fight and gets some hits, Hawk has the upper-hand overall and beats him. Cobra Kai is winning the fight but after noticing Miguel, Mitch and the other Miyagi Do students being beaten up by the other Cobra Kai students, he is visibly conflicted, remembering what Johnny and Miguel said at school, and also remembering what Kreese said about enemies. After this, he sees Doug holding Demetri's arm in a deja vu moment. Doug encourages him to break his arm a second time. Hawk runs up, but knocks down both Doug and the other Cobra Kai, switches sides during the fight and saves Demetri. After helping him up, he apologizes to Demetri for everything, resulting in their friendship being rekindled. The two then work together to defeat several Cobra Kais. Hawk's defection proves to be the turning point in the fight, as the Miyagi Do's and Eagle Fang's gain momentum and the edge, and ultimately defeat the Cobra Kai's.

After defeating the Cobra Kais in Sam's house, Hawk 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, the last scene of this season shows Hawk going with some of the other former Cobra Kai's to Miyagi-Do, where he high-fives Demetri, and trains with the Miyagi-Do and Eagle Fang students under Johnny and Daniel's leadership.

Season 4

Hawk appears in scene of the trailer. The first three scenes he appears in are during training. In the fourth scene, he is seen holding someone against the wall.

Personality

Season 1

Eli is initially portrayed as a very quiet and introverted individual. His only friend is Demetri and later Miguel. After witnessing Miguel Diaz beating Kyler's gang, he joins Cobra Kai. After Johnny Lawrence mocks him for his lip scar, Eli becomes angry and unhappy. However, he later learns how to minimize the significance of the facial difference to "flip the script" and show an improved self-confidence. After becoming "Hawk", his personality drastically changes to being more self-assured, willing to take risks, but the change in looks reflects a change in personality, as he goes from being shy, quiet, and insecure to overconfident, over-the-top, aggressive, and hot headed. His new behavior, however, gets the better of him as he angrily attacks Robby's right shoulder from behind during the All Valley tournament, but shows no remorse in doing so when his action 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 behavior and actions become worse and more dangerous the more involved in Cobra Kai he becomes, as he adopts a more thuggish, cruel, and vengeful 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-Do dojo. Hawk even turns on his best friend, Demetri, and bullies him after the latter writes a negative Yelp review about Cobra Kai, as well as allowing Johnny's sensei Kreese to poison and corrupt his mind. Spiraling more out of control, Hawk's attitude costs him his relationship with Moon, strains his relationship with friends, and makes him more impulsive and reckless in fights. It is implied that he defeated Tory during the "Battle of Coyote Creek."

During the high school brawl, Hawk goes wild during the fight, chases and eventually attacks Demetri with reckless abandon; Demetri defensively kicks his former best friend into a trophy case and defeats Hawk in the process. At the end, after Johnny walks into the dojo and finds out that Kreese, along with Hawk and the others, has betrayed him, Hawk openly blames Johnny for Miguel being hospitalized. Overall, Hawk becomes a flat out bully, like Kyler, but in worse and better in both ways, however. Unlike Kyler, Hawk participates in vandalism, which makes him worse; however, to the contrary, Hawk only bullied Miyagi-Do students, and is nice and loyal to his friends.

Season 3

While Hawk is still aggressive, 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 Laser Tag fight, he is clearly conflicted about injuring his former best friend, despite their contentious recent history. While he does break Demetri's arm (after being pressured by his the other Cobra Kais who were present), he does have a look of discomfort on his face after doing so. His fighting style has actually improved, now that he has begun tempering his aggression and fighting more smartly and less impulsively. He also seems to be visibly shocked and saddened by Mitch and Bert, two of his closest Cobra Kai friends getting kicked out of the dojo.

Eventually, his conscience peaks after witnessing the Miyagi-Dos and Eagle Fang students being beaten by the Cobra Kais during the LaRusso house fight. Hawk realizes he is on the wrong side and that his time in the dojo corrupted him and turned him into a ruthless individual. After seeing Demetri in a lock and being told to break his arm again, this causes him to turn against Cobra Kai and save Demetri. Apologizing to Demetri, Hawk reconciles with him and fights side-by-side with him to defeat his now 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."
―Hawk to Robby Keene[src]


Once he enters training in season 1, Hawk develops into an aggressive fighter with a penchant for high-risk techniques. Light and wiry, he is something of a natural athlete. He does demonstrate a solid defense when pressed, weathering an intense combination from Robby only to counter with a well-timed take-down. However, when Robby starts focusing, he counters Hawk's strikes and knocks him down with perfect timing.

In season 2, Hawk's style becomes even flashier and more reckless, incorporating aerial kicks and other high risk moves. However, over-reliance on offense is of limited utility when he is facing opponents with solid defensive technique. Robby, Miguel and Demetri are all able to defeat him with superior timing and defense. Hawk also had a tendency to underestimate everyone except Miguel. Despite losing in multiple fights, he is still able to defeat many people, such as most of his Cobra Kai peers at Coyote Creek, as well as several Miyagi-Do students during the school brawl.

In season 3, Hawk's fighting style is improving after being advised by Kreese to fight smart. Hawk tempers his aggression and fights smarter and less impulsively, which visibly improve his fighting style. His timing has improved. While he still uses his high risk techniques, he relies less on them and implements them more intelligently. He also stops underestimating his opponents, which makes his fighting style even more effective. After teaming up with Demetri during the fight at Sam's house, the two manage to combine their skills to defeat several Cobra Kai's, making them a complimentary duo.

When fighting Demetri in the school brawl at the end of season 2, Hawk initially gained the upper hand with his aggressive style, but then proceeded to lose when Demetri used his defensive tactics he learned at Miyagi Do to counter all of Hawk's strikes, before kicking him into the trophy case. Their fight can indicate that Hawk's over reliance of offense isn't effective, when facing opponents who have superior defense and technique, even if they are physically weaker and have less experience. However, it is also possible that Hawk was caught off-guard with Demetri's sudden improvement. In the arcade fight in season 3, however, Hawk successfully and easily pinned Demetri to the ground without fighting too aggressive and being more focused.

Hawk's physical strength has also improved a long way since season 1. In Season 3, he is able to easily pin a much larger and bigger Brucks to the ground. He killed two birds with one stone when he kicked another Cobra Kai and threw a larger Doug into a glass table with little effort, with the latter being a powerful Cobra Kai fighter; however, Doug was caught off-guard by Hawk switching sides, as he thought Hawk was going to break Demetri's arm a second time.

Hawk was seen as the second best student in Cobra Kai, behind Miguel in season 1 and 2. He went back to being the best for the majority of season 3 due to Miguel's injury and defection, but went back to being the second best after Robby arrived and became the head student , before eventually betraying Cobra Kai in the season 3 finale.

Now a student of Miyagi-Do/Eagle Fang, he can blend Johnny's aggressive offense and Kreese's tactics with Daniel's effective technique and defense, all of which should improve his fighting style and skill significantly, making him a three-way package. Amongst the Eagle Fang's and former Cobra Kai's, Miguel and Hawk are the two most powerful fighters in the dojo.

Reception

Hawk's character has received an absolute extreme amount of positive reception from fans and is always considered the best character in the series. He is praised for being one of the most likable characters, as well as one of the most realistic, human, and complex.

Hawk's similarity to Dutch has also received acclaim from readers for its emotional depth. On The Stark Top Tens, Hawk is ranked #1 on the site's list of Best Cobra Kai Characters, as well as #3 as the Best Student fighter. In the first season, fans love Eli when he turned into Hawk as they have no problem with him. In the second season, fans love still him but also hate him as they claim his Cobra kai behavior is getting out of control, and in the third season he received lots more love after saving Demetri and defecting from Cobra Kai.

Relationships

Demetri

"Look man I'm sorry. For all of it. Do you want to help me win this thing?"
―Hawk to Demetri after redeeming himself[src]


Demetri is Hawk's brother figure. They were best friends before Cobra Kai and during season 1, due to their similar interests and possibly because of their shared unpopular status. They become friends with Miguel in season 1 of Cobra Kai. They join Cobra Kai together, though Demetri quits after being embarrassed by Sensei Johnny. Despite quitting, the two are still friends. In the All Valley tournament, Demetri is seen cheering on his best friend, though he is shocked to see how Hawk fights Robby and his subsequent disqualification.

Their friendship becomes strained when Demetri complains to Hawk about being hit by Kreese, and Hawk insults him and shows no sympathy. After Demetri leaves Cobra Kai and joins Miyagi-Do, their friendship comes to an end, especially after Demetri writes a bad review about Cobra Kai and refuses to take it down. As a result, Hawk attacks him in the mall along with some of his Cobra Kai friends. Despite all of this, Demetri attempts to rekindle the friendship with Hawk at Moon's party, but this backfires. 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 Hawk into a trophy case.

Their rivalry continues through season 3. In school, Hawk ruins Demetri's science project as a way to try and impress his ex-girlfriend Moon, they fight through dirty tactics in gym class, and ultimately cannot come to terms while at school. At the arcade fight between Miyagi-Do and Cobra Kai, Hawk breaks Demetri's arm after being pressured by his Cobra Kai peers, but he was initially hesitant to do so. When Demetri screams in pain and is crying after Hawk breaks his arm, Hawk has some concern and remorse. As the days go by following the arcade fight, Hawk's conscience slowly begins to return, and he begins to show increasing signs of remorse over his behavior towards his former best friend. Despite Cobra Kai gaining the upper hand in the LaRusso house fight, Hawk ultimately realizes he is on the wrong side and his corruption turned him into a ruthless person ever since he joined Cobra Kai. Afterwards, he defects from Cobra Kai, saving Demetri, apologizing to him, and reconciling his friendship with him. The two fight together against the Cobra Kai students and in the end, Miyagi-Do and Eagle Fang win. Both of them alongside Miguel stop Tory and Sam from fighting. Demetri defends Hawk by telling Tory that he has friends who will watch him. The following morning, 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 another best friend and Hawk is his right-hand man. They immediately connect over their situation being bullied by Kyler and his gang. Eli joins Cobra Kai after witnessing Miguel using his skills from Cobra Kai training to beat up Kyler and his gang. After becoming Hawk, Eli 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 Medal of Honor that Hawk stole, they remain close friends. After Miguel goes over the railing as a result of Robby kicking him, Hawk is one of the first to the scene of him lying unconscious on the steps. Hawk tries to wake Miguel up, but a cop tells him to back away.

In season 3, Hawk is one of Miguel's regular visitors in the hospital. Hawk is also intent on getting revenge on Miyagi-Do for what he feels they did to Miguel, and he does things like steal the fundraised money for Miguel's surgery to make it look like it came from Cobra Kai's efforts. When Miguel returns to school, Hawk is happy to see him. Things quickly sour when Miguel finds out how Demetri's arm got broken by Hawk. Miguel immediately confronts Hawk about this, but Hawk tells him that he should be thankful to Cobra Kai for avenging what Miyagi-Do did to him. Miguel can't understand Hawk's motivations and corrects Hawk that it isn't Johnny's fault, but Hawk responds back saying that Johnny isn't his sensei. Miguel warns Hawk about Kreese getting inside his head and tries to persuade Hawk to join Johnny's new karate dojo. Miguel and Hawk see each other later at the park, but when all the Cobra Kais and Kreese arrive, Hawk reveals he is still loyal to Cobra Kai. When Johnny refuses to go back to Cobra Kai Dojo, it seems Hawk and Miguel are about to fight each other, but they are stopped by their senseis. Following the park scene, it is evident that their friendship is over. Despite their friendship ending, it can be very likely that Hawk is still supportive of Miguel, as when Robby joins Cobra Kai, Hawk is furious because of what he did to Miguel during the school karate war and Hawk attempts to fight Robby, to avenge Miguel's injuries. During the fight at Sam's house, Hawk witnesses his own best friend Miguel getting beaten up by his Cobra Kai peers and feels ashamed of seeing own his friends Miguel, Demetri, Bert, and Mitch getting beaten up by Cobra Kai. Also, Hawk remembers Miguel telling him about Kreese getting inside his head and how his corruption made him who he is, and this is one of the reasons that prompts Hawk to defect from Cobra Kai and transfer to Miyagi Do and Eagle Fang. Hawk's friendship with Miguel is also restored after switching sides during the fight at Sam's house. Thanks to Hawk's betrayal and their reconciliation, Miyagi-Do and Eagle Fang win. Together, Miguel and Hawk alongside Demetri manage to stop Tory and Sam from continuing their fight. In the end of season 3, Hawk and Miguel train together with the rest of the Miyagi-Do and Eagle Fang students, under Johnny and Daniel, for the upcoming tournament.

Moon

"I'm not dating a bully."
Moon to Hawk[src]


Moon is Hawk's former bully and ex-girlfriend. Moon and Yasmine, along with Kyler and Brucks, have been making fun of Eli's lip for years. When Eli turned into "Hawk," and got his mohawk, their relationship changed. They do get along at Yasmine's interrupted lake party, where they make out. In season 2, Moon dumps Hawk for threatening to beat up Demetri, as she, too, has changed and rejects bullying. This upsets Hawk. Later in the season at Moon's party, Hawk attempts to flirt with a new girl to make his ex jealous. To his surprise, Moon then kisses the new girl, Piper, revealing that they are together. Hawk tells her that this is "awesome", covering his jealousy. However, this likely causes him to lash out at Demetri later. During the soccer game in season 3, Hawk attempts to wink at Moon, indicating that he still has feelings for her, but she rolls her eyes at him. We can assume that they barely talk to each other anymore, since we don't see them in any other scenes after this. This can imply that their friendship is strained. Since their relationship is clearly over, he covers the tattoo of her name and shape of the moon that he got for her with a grim reaper tattoo, indicating that he is over her.

Mrs. Moskowitz

Not much is known about the relationship between Mrs. Moskowitz and her son, Eli/Hawk. She may not even know about his new alias. What we do know is that she is a caring mother and loves him very much. She wants to help him when he is upset about being bullied, and she calls the school to report it, seemingly thinking that a school announcement will help stop the bullying. Eli knows this won't help, even if they don't mention specific names about who is being bullied. After she finishes the phone call, Eli lets out his insecurities and frustrations at his mother, telling her that he is a freak, that he will never get a girlfriend, never have any other friends besides Demetri, and adds that he will always be made fun of. However, it does seem that he knows his mother cares about him. It is unclear to what extent his mother catches on to all the changes that come with his transformation to Hawk. She can obviously see his mohawk, knows he takes karate lessons and was competing in the karate tournament, but she seems unaware of his nickname Hawk, his tattoos, that he isn't friends with Demetri anymore, and that he became a bully. However, she can be aware that he had a change of heart and rekindled his friendship with Demetri.

Johnny Lawrence

"When you came into my dojo you were softer than a baby's ass. I made you what you are, not Kreese!"
Johnny Lawrence to Hawk[src]


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 scar and tells him to push back against how others will see him by "flip[ping] the script". Eli takes his message to heart and shows up the next day with a mohawk, impressing Johnny. From then on, Eli is 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. Hawk seemingly starts losing faith in Johnny, and is being more obedient to Johnny's sensei Kreese. In the finale of season 2, 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 all of Miguel's injuries. When he tries to apologize to them, Hawk is shown telling Johnny that they, the students, paid the price for Johnny going soft on them. However, Johnny rebuttals and tells him that Kreese doesn't actually care about Hawk and that he helped him flipped the script and not Kreese. 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.

Robby Keene

Robby is Hawk's second rival-to-main rival. They first meet in the semifinals of the All Valley Tournament in season 1. Hawk attempts to intimidate him before the 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. When Hawk and his Cobra Kai friends corner Demetri in the mall, Robby and Sam jump in and tell them to leave. Then a fight breaks out between both groups, which leads into Hawk being bested by Robby and the rest of his gang being bested by Sam. When seeing Robby joining Cobra Kai, Hawk shows his disgust and claims that Robby isn't Cobra Kai material. He is shown being envious of Robby after Robby gets the snake from the zoo and impresses his friends. When Kreese says that Robby is exactly what Cobra Kai is looking for, a jealous Hawk isn't happy with that. Although they were never really friendly, they likely became enemies again when Hawk defected from Cobra Kai.

John Kreese

Hawk is the most corrupted by Kreese's teachings, to the point of becoming a sadistic jerk who seems to enjoy tormenting people. After Kreese begins co-teaching at Cobra Kai in season 2, he fuels Hawk's negative and violent tendencies. 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 of Kreese and Cobra Kai's initial teachings are so great on Hawk that even after Johnny believes he has gotten rid of Kreese, and tries to instill humility and mercy into his students, Hawk is shown to be clearly infuriated by this concept. For Hawk, the confidence and power the initial teachings gave him are hard to reconcile with the concept of showing mercy to a world that hadn't shown him any since the day he was born (indirectly implying a felt injustice of being born with a cleft-lip). When Kreese takes back Cobra Kai from Johnny in the end of season 2, Hawk is one of his students.

"The enemy of your enemy is your friend."
Kreese to Hawk[src]


In season 3, despite still being a part of Cobra Kai, Hawk experiences increasing twinges of his conscience at certain decisions Kreese makes, including kicking several students out of Cobra Kai for not wanting to feed a live mouse to a snake. Hawk also does not like to see Kreese recruiting his former bully Kyler, or "enemy" Robby. However, when his former sensei Johnny and his friend Miguel convince Hawk that Kreese doesn't care about him, Hawk realizes that Kreese's teachings are wrong, which leads to him turning his back on Cobra Kai, and training against them under Daniel and Johnny in the end of the season.

Other Relationships

Trivia

  • Eli can be compared to the following characters
    • Dutch:
      • Both are aggressive and hotheaded.
      • Both served as the main character's right-hand man, Dutch to Johnny Lawrence and Hawk to Miguel Diaz.
      • They were the most corrupted by Kreese's teachings, to the point of becoming sadistic jerks, who seemed to enjoy tormenting people.
      • They both say to their rivals, “you’re dead meat.”
    • Johnny Lawrence:
      • Both were influenced by their sensei to behave mercilessly.
      • Both are their sensei's favored student.
      • They were both a 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 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.
        • Hawk's illegal move was intentional and not part of the fight, 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.
          • In addition, Hawk's conscience begins to emerge and he tries to become a voice of reason, such as when he tried to defend Mitch when Kreese kicked him out of the dojo (much like Bobby was this voice of reason in the first film).
    • Daniel LaRusso:
      • Both joined karate to stand up to bullies, only to be corrupted by the Cobra Kai mentality.
      • Both left Cobra Kai after realizing that their methods are wrong.
  • Eli seems to be the most affected by the Cobra Kai's ruthless mentality, like Dutch, until he redeemed himself.
  • Eli suffered a lot from Kyler's bullying and that's turn him into a bully.
  • Eli is arguably the most focused Cobra Kai student.
  • Hawk has been on two sides of betrayal: siding with Kreese after the school brawl and turning against him in the house fight.
  • 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 secondary villain of season 2 due to him bullying and harassing people similarly 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".
    • Hawk's mohawk could also give reference to fire and ice, because his red mohawk represents fire and blue mohawk represents ice.
  • Hawk's audio-cue in the television series is a hawk screech.
  • Hawk and Demetri combining their fighting skills is similar to Jet Li and Aaliyah in Romeo Must Die.
  • Notably, the lip scar becomes less red and visible over the course of the series, indicating that its importance to Hawk's characterization fades.
  • Hawk was the most loyal Cobra Kai member until his defection.
  • Hawk, Miguel, Mitch, Bert, Johnny, Daniel, and three other unnamed Eagle Fang students were the only ones to be affiliated with all three dojos mentioned in the movies and series: Cobra Kai, Miyagi Do and Eagle Fang.
  • The last name "Moskowitz" indicates possible Eastern Ashkenazic Jewish descent. The name "Eli" can also be a masculine given name of Hebrew origin, from the Biblical עֵלִי "ascent", a possible clue to his alter-ego as a high-flying creature, the hawk.
  • Eli claims that his doctor said that he "could be on the spectrum", after asked by Sensei Lawrence if he is a special needs kid. This implies that Eli likely has autism.

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]


"Look man I'm sorry. For all of it. Do you want to help me win this thing?"
―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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