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"You know, the thing about stingrays is, they lie in wait for the perfect opportunity to strike!"
―Raymond to Miguel Diaz[src]

Raymond, better known by his nickname Stingray, is a recurring character in Season 2 and Season 4 of Cobra Kai.

Biography

Raymond said he lives alone with his mother. It is unknown what kind of relationship he has with his dad, or that his father is deceased. His mother appears to be overly worried about her son, not allowing him to do activities or demanding he pay his share of housing. He seems to have stood up to his mother's overprotectiveness to some extent, finally deciding to enroll in a dojo against her wishes. When he was approaching Johnny about enrolling in the Cobra Kai Dojo, he says that he can afford tuition as he saved money from living rent free. This shows Raymond has some sense of thriftiness. Johnny does not seem excited about this kind of agreement; agreeing to allow Raymond to enroll mainly because he is a paying customer.

Cobra Kai

Season 2

Raymond is an employee of a hardware store where Johnny, Daniel, Robby come to buy tools. He is a fan of LaRusso Auto, karate and 80's heavy metal like Metallica.

He later joins Cobra Kai and adopts John Kreese's ruthless teaching. He ends up winning the Coyote Creek event, as well. Stingray is one of the many Cobra Kai Students who appear at Moon's Party. He tags along with his friends and girlfriend Fawn. He is also seen encouraging a fight between the Miyagi-Do's and Cobra Kai's up until the police arrive and everyone tries to get away. Stingray later decides to quit his job to work as a security guard in West Valley High School in the season finale but is turned down. He demonstrates his competency to the principal by dispatching several members of Miyagi-Do from fighting during the school brawl in the season 2 finale. This event ended up backfiring in the process.

Following the school brawl he joins Hawk, Tory, Mitch and some other Cobra Kai students in turning against Johnny and becoming loyal to Kreese in the episode "No Mercy".

Season 3

Stingray is mentioned during the PTA meeting, when of the parents asks about Raymond. Principal Lopez immediately chimes in that Stingray was never employed in any capacity at West Valley High School. It is also said because he is an adult, he was arrested for participating in the brawl. The charges are never specified, but is likely for assault or assault on a minor. Raymond was sentenced to an unspecified term of probation, as well as being bound to a restraining order that he is not to have any form of contact with minors. As a result, Raymond was forced to relinquish his membership at Cobra Kai. It was also revealed that Raymond's mother kicked him out of her house, either due to being fed up with his antics or out of anger at getting in trouble with the law.

Season 4

After being expelled from his mother's house, Raymond's sister agrees to let him stay at her house while she is out of town. He argues with his neighbor, Greg Hughes, over playing metal music too loud the night before. During this time, he is once again a free man as the restraining order has expired and his probation has been served, both apparently having been done without any further incidents. He tries to return to Cobra Kai, completely unaware of everything that has happened since the school fight. He makes his case to return, but John Kreese refuses to accept him, demeaning him in front of everyone at the dojo.

In a desperate act to be with his former friends, Raymond visits the West Valley High School junior prom. Bert lets it slip that a schoolfriend who planned an after party had to cancel, and Raymond tells Bert not to worry, as he will host their afterparty at his sister's house. Word spreads, and his party is very well attended by the students. When Greg tries to shut down the party, Stingray knocks him out, which causes all the partygoers to cheer and chant his name in jubilation. Outside, Miguel and Sam fight against Tory and Robby. When Sam, Tory and Miguel are pushed by Robby into the swimming pool, Stingray then appears. Under the impression that this is part of the festivities, he does a bellyflop into the pool with them, which is then joined by others.

Stingray returns to the Cobra Kai Dojo to ask Terry Silver, instead of Kreese, if he can join Cobra Kai. Silver, heavily intoxicated and on a downward spiral, brutally attacks the lesser student. After delivering a beating, he promises to make him a student if he does something for him first. He delivers a powerful blow to the head that renders Stingray unconscious. He wakes up in the hospital and names his assailant as John Kreese. By lying about his attacker, he secures a spot in Cobra Kai. Meanwhile, Kreese's arrest allows Terry Silver to take over Cobra Kai.

Fighting Style

Raymond is in very poor shape and has a glass jaw. After adopting Kreese's ruthless teachings, Raymond becomes an aggressive fighter; this is evidenced in the school brawl, where he aggressively attacks several Miyagi-Do students. He even uses his stomach to attack the students in order to protect Hawk. While hosting an afterparty, he kicks his neighbor after insulting him, which shows that he still is a strong striker. He, however, is nothing in comparison to experienced fighters such as Terry Silver as Silver easily defeats him.

Personality

Raymond is, in many ways, the living definition of a "man-child" and refuses to embrace adult life or the harsh realities of adulthood in general. Constantly trying to prove to everyone (and himself) he's still a youthful, upbeat, energetic person.

Raymond tries to present himself as happy-go-lucky and a joker, but is usually seen as boorish and irritating by others, namely Daniel and Johnny. The only known adult who seems to tolerate Raymond to some degree is Kreese, who approves of his tactics in winning the "red vs black" training event. Raymond lives in the past and is desperate to reclaim his youth, choosing to live vicariously through the Cobra Kai dojo students. He desperately wants to be part of something that will give him a purpose, as opposed to what he views as a meaningless job. He avoids responsibility at all costs and dreads the thought of being viewed as old. His cluelessness as an adult and great incompetence in general became very apparent during Moon's party. For example, he didn't stop the confrontation between Miyagi-Do and Cobra Kai. He also tapes bottles to his hands and tries to run from the police. He did have sufficient self-confidence to woo a girlfriend; however, she did remark to Raymond when being invited to Moon's party that the guests were considerably younger than himself. Raymond seems to prefer the company of those significantly younger than he is, both in keeping with his delusions and desperation to avoid acknowledging his own age.

While it seemed that Raymond was able to be competent to some degree in a blue-collar job as he worked at the hardware superstore, he lacked the ability to handle himself in a professional setting when he was being interviewed by Principal Lopez at the high school. During the school brawl, Stingray intervenes and attacks many students who are minors. This lands him in legal trouble with a restraining order, probation, and a jail sentence. Upon his release, Raymond demonstrates that he hasn't learned a single thing from his antics. Instead, he believes his willingness to fight in the school brawl should earn him a spot in Cobra Kai or a thank you from the sensei's. He proves he's not only immature and obnoxious, but extremely self-deluded and insecure as well. Even when he's had harsh and true facts said right to his face he adheres to his foolish self beliefs. During his afterparty, he didn't stop the fight between Sam, Miguel, Robby and Tory but instead, jumped in the pool. Even when viciously beaten by Silver, he goes along with his plan to frame Kreese so he can be let back into Cobra Kai, which shows how insecure and desperate he is.

Trivia

  • His favorite era is the 1980s.
  • Before joining Cobra Kai, Stingray always wanted to learn karate but his mother wouldn’t let him.
  • He was the oldest amongst the Cobra Kai students.
  • Stingray could not appear in Season 3 because his actor, Paul Walter Houser, was busy working on the Disney film Cruella, which allowed the writers to have Stingray placed in probation after the school fight.

Appearances

Season 2

Season 4

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