"I forgot okay? I've got a lot on my mind right now. If I don't pass trig this semester, my Dad's gonna shit in my mouth!"
―Kyler to Hawk[src]


Kyler is the main antagonist of the first half of season 1 and quaternary antagonist in the second half of season 3 of Cobra Kai.

When he is first introduced in season 1, he is shown to be arrogant and a bully. However, when his bullied victim Miguel Diaz defeats him and his friends, Kyler is scared to go near him for the rest of the season.

In season 3, he joins the Cobra Kai Dojo, and is still shown to be a bully. However, this season exposes him as a coward, as he bullies people weaker than him, but shows fear and backs off when someone is stronger than him.

Biography

Season 1

Kyler is first shown going into a liquor store with his friends to buy alcohol despite being underage, but Miguel accidentally exposes them. Kyler, angry at Miguel, pushes him onto Johnny Lawrence's car, angering Johnny. Kyler and his friends make fun of Johnny, and Kyler even pushes him. In retaliation, Johnny kicks Kyler in the face. Kyler and his friends attack Johnny, but Johnny defeats all of them.

Kyler becomes attracted to Samantha, and the attraction is mutual. Her father Daniel LaRusso invites Kyler to their house for dinner. At the LaRusso house, Daniel notices the bruises and Kyler's face, but Kyler lies about him and himself and his friends getting jumped by Johnny, which plays a role in igniting the rivalry between Daniel and Johnny, as Daniel actually went to the newly developed Cobra Kai dojo to confront Johnny over the incident. Johnny, however, reveals the truth of what really happened, leading Daniel to suspect that maybe Kyler was not as innocent as he seemed, and kept a closer eye on him.

Kyler attempts to make a move on Sam during a school Halloween party and have sex, but his attempt fails as Daniel walks in the room he and Samantha are in, though Daniel does not catch Kyler's true intentions, as Kyler quickly comes up with a cover story to explain what he was "really" doing. In the boys locker room Kyler and his friends run into Miguel. They mock Miguel's karate. An angry Miguel then kicks Kyler, which causes him and a few of his friends to fall on the ground. Kyler and his friends then gang up on him and beat him up. At the school library, Kyler and Brucks bully Miguel, Eli and Demetri, though unbeknownst to him Samantha watches what he is doing, leading her to realize that her dad was right to suspect him. She confronts him while they are watching a movie at the movie theater, but he lies about them joking around. Seeing through his lie, Samantha dumps him, then fends off his advances with her own karate.

After being dumped by Samantha, Kyler gets revenge by spreading lies about her performing fellatio on him in a movie theater and considering herself superior to their friends Yasmine and Moon, which causes her to lose her friends and become an outcast. When Samantha confronts him in the cafeteria, Kyler makes fun of her. When Miguel tells him to leave her alone, Kyler pushes Miguel, insults his karate and attempts to punch him, but Miguel blocks his punch and counters him. An angry Kyler then attacks Miguel, but the latter easily counters him and knocks him on the ground. Kyler's friends then attack Miguel, but Miguel beats them up as well.

When Miguel and Demetri are walking in the hallway they see Kyler who turns around and walks away after seeing Miguel. When Kyler, Brucks, Yasmine and Moon come to the lake to celebrate Yasmine's birthday, they see it is crowded with so many people Yasmine does not associate with. Yasmine tells Kyler to tell everyone at the lake to get out. He initially agrees to do that, but after seeing Miguel, he loses his nerve and he suggests they go somewhere else. Kyler and Brucks leave.

Season 2

Kyler is not seen or mentioned at all. Despite not being seen during the school brawl on the first day of school, it is possible he witnessed it.

Season 3

Kyler and Brucks are recruited into Cobra Kai by John Kreese. On his first day at Cobra Kai, he exhibits his moves against Mitch, whom Kreese has deemed not a natural Cobra, as well as he meets and mocks his former bully victim Hawk alongside Brucks. However, after Hawk aggressively beats up Brucks, Kyler is shown to be scared of Hawk in that moment, as well as discomforted and disturbed. When both he and Miguel encounter each other at the park, Kyler possibly indicates he wants revenge by glaring at him, while Miguel glares back. At school, he picks on Demetri by drawing the male genital on his cast which makes Yasmine hate Kyler now. One day, he along with Hawk, Robby, Tory and some other Cobra Kai members go to the zoo to steal a snake for Kreese. While the mission is aborted due to Kyler forgetting the snake pole, Robby ends up getting the snake.

Upon the invasion and fight in the LaRusso house, he fights one-on-one with Miguel in retaliation for the fight in the cafeteria a year earlier. He has the upper hand for most of the fight, even making Miguel bleed severely, possibly because Miguel has not fought, or had much training since his injury at the school brawl that he recently recovered from, as well as lost significantly strength, that made his blows and strikes less strong and effective than they were prior to his injury. However, after Miguel gains his confidence again, he defeats and knocks out Kyler.

Personality

Kyler is the typical modern bully who displays egocentric traits and a strong desire for being the center of attention around high school by all means, to the point of bullying unpopular students or those who are different or weaker than him. He hides his bratty and abusive nature in necessary occasions like when he met Sam's parents, and also knows how to play the innocent such as when he told Daniel LaRusso that he and his friends were attacked by "some homeless-looking guy" at a mini-mall for no reason (not mentioning that it actually was because he and his friends were unfairly attacking Miguel Diaz and accidentally hit Johnny Lawrence's car in the process) and when Daniel intervened in the middle of what would've been an act of oral sex with Samantha LaRusso, he made up the excuse that he only wanted to give Sam his "grandma's bracelet" which he kept in his pocket (later admitting that the bracelet was just a part of his act and had used it before with other girls).

Kyler shows to only care about his own gain and satisfaction, disregarding others. Demonstrated when he was Sam's boyfriend and pretended to be emotional and sweet around her but in reality only had lustful desires, to the point of not respecting Sam's rejection and attempting sexual assault (which resulted in Sam defending herself with karate, much to Kyler's surprise).

When he lied to a disgusted Sam (who witnessed how he bullied Miguel, Eli Moskowitz and Demetri) that he actually didn't bully the other students but was just "messing around" instead, and when Sam broke up with him after his attempt of sexually assaulting her he invented lies to give Sam a bad reputation at school.

Despite being capable of causing physical and psychological abuse to those who were vulnerable, Kyler was extremely cocky and nothing but a coward on the inside. Shown when he had the tendency to attack in groups a once defenseless Miguel and repeatedly mocked him, calling his karate "lame-ass" and his sensei "a bum", also when he surprised Johnny Lawrence from behind with a poorly applied chokehold and thought he had the upper hand by exclaiming "What's the matter? Having trouble breathing?" Only to get immediately and effortlessly thrown onto the ground and later at Johnny's submission. He ultimately underestimated Miguel's skill when the latter confronted him and his gang (after rigorous karate training and preparation) in a fight, getting defeated alongside his minions, and publicly humiliated in front of the school. After that he became scared of Miguel to the point of not wanting to be anywhere near him.

After joining Cobra Kai he becomes a better fighter, but still dishonorable and a coward on the inside. He is shown to be a bully to people he deems weaker than him, such as Demetri. Despite mocking Hawk when he first joins Cobra Kai, he is shown to be scared of him after he aggressively beats up Brucks. Kyler seems disturbed and discomfort when Hawk was beating up his friend Brucks and left him to bleed.

Kyler bullies people weaker than him, but backs off and shows fear if someone is stronger than him. After being defeated by Miguel in season 1, Kyler is shown to fear him for the rest of the season. In season 3, both he and Brucks mock Hawk, but Kyler then becomes scared of Hawk after the latter brutally beats up Brucks and glares at him after defeating him. These situations are further indications that Kyler is a coward deep down.

Upon the invasion and fight in LaRusso's house, he is brave enough to fight Miguel, probably because he feels he has gained enough skills to beat him. Kyler has the upper hand over Miguel for most of the fight, but is aided by Miguel's karate being rusty due to him recently recovering from a spinal injury. He shows a lot of arrogance during the fight, such as taunting Miguel and arrogantly telling Hawk that Miyagi Do and Eagle Fang never had a chance. However, his advantage comes to an end, when Miguel regains his confidence, which allows him to defeat and knock Kyler out.

Differing from most of the bullies, so far Kyler is shown to be one of the few without a justified reason or backstory as to why he does what he does if not for attention or having a feeling of superiority over others, showing little remorse and no signs of redemption, making him a highly deplorable person.

However, it is implied that Kyler's bullying stems from insecurity, as he mentioned in the zoo heist that his father was demanding that he pass trigonometry or he would defecate in Kyler's mouth. That implied that his parents are extremely strict and make him be a perfectionist, so his bullying is either his way of rebelling against his parents' strict authority or to gain power over those he deems to be inferior to his perceived perfection. This is merely a speculation however so it could simply mean he's both a terrible student and an overconfident brat.

Fighting Style

Kyler started out as a wrestler and in fights he often relies on grappling moves such as tackles and chokes. Although lanky, he is strong enough to throw his opponents around, and he can punch with some degree of power. However, he is otherwise untrained and has no real defense, making it easy for skilled opponents such as Johnny and later Miguel to defeat him. Nevertheless, he appears to be the most formidable fighter in his gang of bullies, although that's not saying much.

While fighting Johnny, he uses his wrestling techniques to throw Johnny to the ground and lock him in a poorly applied rear naked choke, but the more experienced Johnny quickly regains his feet and uses a hip toss to break the hold. During the lunchroom brawl, Kyler attempts the same choke on Miguel, but his adversary also escapes the hold and proceeds to defeat him and all of his friends.

In season three, Kyler joins Cobra Kai and gains both better striking technique and some decent defensive skills. Kyler blends his wrestling with karate making him a better combatant. In his sparing match with Mitch, Kyler uses his defensive tactics and wrestling techniques to defeat him. He maintains the upper hand through most of his fight with Miguel in December 19, but is aided by the fact that Miguel is still recovering from his back injury. Even with this advantage, however, Miguel was eventually able to outmaneuver Kyler and knock him out with a single punch to the face, displaying that there is still a significant skill gap between them.

Relationships

Miguel Diaz

Miguel is Kyler's first/main rival and former bullied victim. In season 1, Kyler begins bullying him and pouring pepto bismol and even calls him a "Rhea", then pushing him to Johnny's car after the latter outs him and his friends for being underage at a liquor store. In the days and weeks following the incident, Kyler continues to bullying him such as beating him up in the Halloween party and pushing him in the library. However, Miguel becomes a skilled karate fighter at Cobra Kai and later defeats Kyler and his friends, for bullying and mocking Sam about false rumours. After being defeated, Kyler is shown to be afraid of Miguel for the rest of the season.

In season 3, they first see each other at the park, when Kreese attempts to convince Johnny to rejoin Cobra Kai. Despite not interacting, they glare at each other. Their last encounter this season is when they fight at Sam's house during the finale. Kyler gets all his payback on Miguel for beating him up at school cafeteria. Kyler has the upper hand over Miguel for most of the fight, and mocks him at times during the fight. However, Miguel eventually regains his confidence, and defeats and knocks out Kyler.

Samantha LaRusso

Samantha is Kyler's ex-girlfriend and enemy. Kyler begins dating Sam in season 1 due to his lustful desires for her, though Sam is unaware of his intentions. During a Halloween party, Kyler attempts to seduce her. While his attempt fails due to a sudden appearance by Daniel, Kyler manages to hide his true intention from both. Their relationship however, comes to an end, when Sam dumps him, after witnessing him bullying Miguel, Eli and Demetri. Angry at Sam, he gets revenge by spreading lies about her, causing her friends to disown her as a result. When Sam confronts Kyler, he openly mocks her. Fortunately, for Sam, Miguel defends her and defeats Kyler and his friends.

In season 3, they participate in the brawl in Sam's house in the finale. Despite being on opposite sides, neither cross paths with each other.

Eli Moskowitz

Eli (Hawk) is Kyler's second rival and former bullied victim. In their one interaction in season 1, Kyler and Brucks mock Eli's scar on his lip. However, after Miguel defeats Kyler and his gang, Kyler doesn't go near Eli for the remainder of the season, while Eli joins Cobra Kai and becomes Hawk.

When Kyler and Brucks join Cobra Kai in season 3, they mock Hawk, while the latter is angry that they have joined. However, after Hawk brutally beats up Brucks, Kyler is shown to be afraid of him. A few episodes later, Hawk and Kyler are shown to be civil to each other. However, after Hawk defects from Cobra Kai and sides with Miyagi-Do and Eagle Fang they return as enemies again.

Demetri

Demetri, along with Hawk, is also Kyler's third rival and bullied victim. In their one interaction in season 1, Kyler and Brucks mock Miguel, Demetri and Eli, with Kyler even throwing his backpack in the trash. However, after Miguel defeats Kyler and his gang, Kyler doesn't go near Demetri for the remainder of the season.

In season 3, when Demetri accidently bumps into Kyler in the cafeteria, Kyler throws his lunch in the trash and humiliates Demetri by drawing a dick on his cast and showing it to everyone, causing several people to laugh. Later, in the hallway, Kyler smacks Demetri's head and mocks him for the dick he drew on his cast.

His Gang

Kyler's gang are his friends who help him bully people. His second in command is Brucks. He is seen with Brucks the most. In season 1, Kyler and his gang bully Miguel, with Kyler and Brucks also bullying Demetri and Eli. However, after all of them are defeated by Miguel, they don't go near him for the rest of the season, while Rory and AJ aren't seen or mentioned again.

In season 3, Rory and AJ aren't seen or mentioned, while Kyler and Brucks join Cobra Kai. When they see Eli (now Hawk), they mock him. However, after Brucks is brutally beaten up by Hawk, Kyler is shown to be afraid of Hawk in that moment. After being beaten up, Brucks isn't seen or mentioned for the rest of the season. It is unknown if Kyler still interacts with him.

Yasmine

Yasmine is Kyler's former friend, assistant, and now enemy (with dislike on Yasmine's end). In season 1, they were part of the rude and popular crowd. Later in the season, when Kyler, Brucks, Yasmine and Moon come to the lake to celebrate Yasmine's birthday, they see it is crowded with so many people Yasmine does not associate with (organized by the Cobra Kai's). Yasmine tells Kyler to tell everyone at the lake to get out, but after seeing Miguel, Kyler gets scared and suggests they go somewhere else, causing an angry Yasmine to call him a coward. While Kyler and Brucks leave, Yasmine stays because Moon goes to the lake.

In season 3, while they don't interact, Yasmine is unhappy when Kyler bullies Demetri, because the wedgie incident she suffered at the lake in season 1 has made her realize that she knows how it feels to be a laughingstock. It is unknown how Kyler feels about Yasmine, but it is fair to say Yasmine does not like Kyler anymore, because of her being a more nice and empathetic person now.

Johnny Lawrence

Johnny is Kyler's enemy. Despite having only one interaction, Kyler indirectly causes several future events and many unfavorable situations for Johnny.

In season 1, when Johnny tells him to watch his car and leave Miguel alone, after Kyler bullies Miguel and throws him on to his car, Kyler immediately recognizes him as the guy that cleaned his dad's septic tank, and then starts making fun of him along with his friends. Johnny, now furious tells him to back off, but Kyler calls him a loser and then pushes him. Now, losing his temper, Johnny kicks him to the ground, shocking his friends. Kyler and his friends then attack Johnny, but the latter gains the upper hand over all of them. At one point, Kyler attacks Johnny from behind, throws him on the ground and puts him in a chokehold, but Johnny breaks free and throws him on the ground. Kyler and his friends still continue to attack him, but Johnny ends up beating them up.

While the two haven't interacted since, Kyler says negative things about him. While at Daniel's house for dinner, Kyler lies to Daniel about being jumped by him. This lie leads to Daniel's rivalry with Johnny reigniting. When encountering Miguel at a Halloween party, he calls Johnny a bum.

Due to his encounter with Johnny and lie to Daniel about being jumped by him, several future events and unfavorable situations for Johnny occurred. So, Kyler is indirectly responsible for many of the future events and unfavorable situations for Johnny.

Daniel LaRusso

Daniel is Kyler's ex-girlfriend's dad and enemy. Despite the limited interactions, Kyler indirectly causes several events and many bad situations for Daniel.

In season 1, after learning that Sam is dating Kyler, Daniel invites him over for dinner. While at Daniel's house for dinner, Daniel notices the bruises and Kyler's face, but Kyler lies about him and himself and his friends getting jumped by Johnny. His lie plays a role in reigniting the rivalry between Daniel and Johnny. However, when Johnny tells Daniel what really happened, Daniel begins to suspect that Kyler may not be as innocent as he seems.

During a Halloween party at school, Kyler and Sam run off together, but are unaware that Daniel sees them. Kyler attempts tp seduce Sam. While Kyler's plan is foiled due to Daniel walking into the classroom, he successfully hides his true intention. Not too long later (possibly a few days or a week), Sam dumps Kyler, making Daniel happy as a result because he distrusted him.

Due to his lie to Daniel about being jumped by Johnny, several future events and unfavorable situations for Daniel occurr. So, Kyler is indirectly responsible for many of the future events and unfavorable situations for Daniel.

His parents

While Kyler's parents are not seen in Cobra Kai, he briefly mentions his father in the zoo heist, mentioning that is he doesn't pass trigonometry this semester, his father would defecate in his mouth. That could mean that his parents are extremely strict and make him be a perfectionist, so his bullying is either his way of rebelling against his parents' strict authority, or to again power over those he deems to be inferior to his perceived perfection, implying that Kyler's bullying is due to insecurity. However, this could simply be a lie and the reality could be another. As he mentions Daniel in Strike First, his parents are originally from Irvine.

Trivia

  • Kyler was a fairly important character in the first half of season 1 due to his relationship with Samantha and rivalry with Miguel, but his role was significantly reduced after Sam dumped him and Miguel beat him up.
  • Ironically, Eli, one of his bullied victim was becoming just like him or even worse since at least he doesn't participate in vandalism.
  • Moon dumping Eli in season 2 for his bullying is similar to Sam dumping Kyler for his bullying in season 1.
  • It's possible that he didn't appeared in Season 2 because his role was being Miguel's bully, and as Miguel beat him and his gang up they now never dare to bully him.
  • Kyler has been defeated by Miguel twice.
  • Kyler's actions make him the main villain in the first half of season 1.
  • Despite being a minor character, Kyler is indirectly responsible for the events occurring in the first two seasons as his confrontation with Johnny, bullying, and lie to Daniel about being jumped by Johnny led to:
    • Daniel's and Johnny's past rivalry being reignited.
    • His main target of bullying Miguel joining Cobra Kai, which helped the latter eventually defeat him.
    • Eli (another bullied victim of Kyler) and several people joining Cobra Kai.
    • Eli becoming Hawk as well as an aggressive bully.
    • Miyagi-Do Karate being re-opened.
    • Former Cobra Kai Sensei John Kreese returning to Cobra Kai and poisoning several students.
    • The rivalry between Miyagi Do and Cobra Kai forming and intensifying,
    • The school brawl between Miyagi Do and Cobra Kai which resulted in
      • Miguel being hospitalized as a result of Miyagi Do Student Robby Keene severely injuring his spine.
      • Kreese taking Cobra Kai and Johnny's students away from Johnny.
      • Daniel being forced to shutdown Miyagi- Do
  • Kyler can be compared to the following characters:
    • Johnny Lawrence:
      • Both served as the ringleader of a of bully gang.
      • Both are adept in an athletic activities:
        • Johnny is adept in karate.
        • Kyler is adept in wrestling and possibly a little bit of judo, as seen by him throwing opponents easily.
      • Both receive a beat-down from his victim's mentor, after he is savagely beating his victim (Daniel, in Johnny's case; Miguel, in Kyler's case), and the mentor saves the victim [which initially prompts the aggressor to attack the mentor]:
        • In Johnny's case, it was from Mr. Miyagi, who fended off Johnny and the Cobra Kai gang (who were 16-17-year-old boys at the time), after the latter attacked Miyagi for moving Daniel (who they had been barbarically beating) out of the way of Johnny's would-be crippling flying kick.
        • In Kyler's case, it from Johnny Lawrence (a now-51-year-old man), who stepped in, after Kyler and his gang shoved Miguel into Lawrence's car, causing to latter to furiously scold the bullies and tell them to leave Miguel ("the dork", as he called him) alone, before the bullies start insulting him, and Kyler pushing Johnny. This caused the latter to throw a jumping front kick, that landed Kyler on the ground, and then the latter and his gang attacked Johnny, only to be defeated by the latter's karate.
          • However, unlike Johnny and his Cobra Kai gang, Kyler and his gang started the fight, by insulting Johnny and Kyler pushing Johnny.
          • Another difference is that Kyler, being a wrestler, managed to temporarily have the upper hand, via using a wrestling tackle and a punch against Johnny; Johnny and the Cobra Kai gang did not have the upper hand against Miyagi a single time.
            • After receiving their respective beat-downs, and they have to explain to their adult (Kreese, in Johnny's case, Daniel, in Kyler's case) what happened, both do not admit to being the actual aggressors, but each instead plays victim (and does the same for his partners) and lies about what happened, via telling the story in a way that makes it look like he and his friends were innocent and his victim's mentor attacked them out of nowhere, leading the told adult to confront his (Johnny/Kyler) victim's mentor. The victim's mentor then explains what actually happened:
              • Johnny, when Kreese asks him what the problem is (after he is staring at a visiting Miyagi and Daniel at the Cobra Kai dojo) whispers a lie to Kreese about the beat-down, telling the latter that "he (Johnny) and his gang were jumped by Miyagi", causing Kreese to confront Miyagi about it. The latter tells Kreese that the facts are wrong, and vaguely tells the story. Kreese does not really buy the story, and is not sympathetic towards Daniel.
              • Kyler [at Daniel's house], after Daniel asks the latter about how he got his eye bruise, lies that "he and his friends were trying to get protein bars [really beer], and then a homeless guy [Johnny] attacked them out of nowhere", leading to Daniel furiously confronting Johnny about it, initially believing Kyler's story. Johnny then tells the accurate version of the story, and that Kyler and his friends were whaling on a a kid half their size, so he had to step in. Then, Daniel changes his mind, and sees that Kyler is not as innocent as he presents himself.
                • A difference is that in Johnny's case, Kreese did not really buy the actual story from Miyagi, and told Daniel to solve the problems himself; Daniel, when Johnny told the actual story, believed it, and suspected Kyler more.
                • Another difference is that while Johnny, without hesitation, just tells the story, it takes some convincing for Kyler to tells Daniel what happened.
              • Both received black eye/eye bruising from the beat-down.
      • Kreese - Both put Johnny Lawrence in a choke-hold:
        • Kreese, furious with Johnny (who was then a 17-year-old boy) for losing the all-alley tournament, snags the latter and puts him in a choke-hold, only to be fended off by Mr. Miyagi.
        • Kyler, after it looked like Johnny (who was now 51 years old) had defeated the latter's gang [during the parking lot fight], suddenly grappled Johnny to the ground, punched him, and then put him in a choke-hold, only for Johnny to break out of it.
          • One difference is that when Kreese did it, Johnny was saved by someone else, while when Kyler did it, Johnny broke out of it himself.
          • Another difference is that Kreese did only the choke-hold, while Kyler beat Johnny up before putting him in a chokehold.
          • Some people have a theory that Chozen Toguchi is Kyler's dad. However this can't be possible because Chozen has lived in Japan for his whole life and Kyler lives in the United States. This is further shot down as Chozen told Daniel has no kids at all & the fact Kyler is of Korean descent not Japanese which is what Chozen is.


Appearances

Cobra Kai

Season 1

Season 3

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