Although compared to its predecessors, The Karate Kid II | was a huge box office disappointment in 1989, since then the film has gained cult status, especially due to Thomas Griffith’s iconic performance as the crafty businessman Terry Silver. The Netflix series, Cobra Kai has been busy reintroducing the world of Karate kid and now, in his next season 4, we will meet again with Silver. But beware, this won’t be a mere reintroduction if his impending return mini-teaser is anything to go by, while Kreese has been villainous enough Silver is here to wreak havoc and create supreme chaos on Johnny Lawrence and Daniel LaRusso. it lives.
But before we talk exactly about the impact Terry Silver’s presence will have on Cobra Kai season 4, let’s get back to meeting the most ruthless villain in the Karate Kid franchise. (In case you already remember his evil and manic aura, skip this section and find out how the villainy quotient will increase in the upcoming season)
Who is Terry Silver?
Terry Silver is a wealthy businessman who runs Dynatox Industries, which claims to safely dispose of nuclear waste. But after an honest start, Silver begins illegally littering and bribing to get out of any investigation into his company. Silver had fought alongside John Kreese in the Vietnam War and the Karate instructor saved him many times for what he owes his life.
After his humiliating defeat at the hands of Mr. Miyagi and Daniel, which leads to Kreese losing all of his students at the Cobra Kai dojo (which Silver started for him), the disgraced sensei returns to his old friend as a defeated man. Enraged by his condition, Silver vows revenge on Miyagi and Daniel. He successfully manages to drive a wedge between the two and causes Daniel to doubt his own abilities, something Kreese has never been able to do. Silver’s plans were to end Daniel’s future in karate and tarnish Miyagi’s reputation by spectacularly defeating the former in the All-Valley Karate Tournament. While their evil plans work out at first, eventually Daniel comes to his senses and Miyagi begins training him, which ends with them winning the tournament and Silver leaving in disgust at being defeated.
That’s the last we saw of Terry Silver, although the first two seasons of Cobra Kai name-dropped it. Season 3 ended with Kreese calling out to his old friend after challenging Daniel and Johnny to compete against his Cobra Kai dojo in the All-Valley Karate Tournament and promising that if he loses, he will leave.
So now that Terry Silver is confirmed to return to the world of The Karate Kid, the most important question is …
How will it be instrumental like Cobra Kai The antagonist of the fourth season?
Silver to join forces with Kreese– As we highlighted above, Silver owes his life to Kreese and when it comes to keeping his promises, he is fiercely loyal. And apparently, even after the events of The Karate Kid III, is still Kreese’s best friend. The flashback of Kreese saving Silver was a reminder that the latter is still indebted to the Karate instructor. Needless to say, he will be partnering with Kreese and while he was last operating alone for most of the movie, this time the duo will be hatching evil plots together, which is not good news for Daniel and Johnny.
Terry Silver is filthy rich
Aside from his penchant for torturing others and his stubborn loyalty to Kreese, the most important thing that makes him a formidable adversary is his immense wealth. On The Karate Kid III, created numerous impediments in the way of Daniel and Miyagi to ensure that he won. Since he’s most likely still a very wealthy man, Kreese will now have access to a wealth of resources to make it much, much more difficult for Daniel and Johnny’s combined dojos to win the tournament. You can bribe the people who organize the tournament, your students will have a much better team to train and all that.
Terry Silver is a master manipulator
As mentioned above, Silver managed to do what Kreese could never accomplish, namely drive a wedge between Daniel and Miyagi. It made Daniel successfully doubt the karate methods Miyagi taught him. He manipulated Daniel into resorting to dishonest means to gain and lose control over how he reacts in extreme situations, such as when he broke the nose of a man who was provoking him on Silver’s orders in The Karate Kid III.
Despite the growth Daniel had achieved since The Karate Kid and Miyagi’s own experience dealing with those bullies, Silver managed to separate them. He knows how to get into people’s heads, especially Daniel’s against whom he now holds a personal grudge ever since he tasted defeat in the All-Valley Karate Tournament decades ago. The stakes are much higher now and Silver will do everything he can to end Johnny and Daniel’s recent alliance and make sure they are too busy fighting each other to beat Kreese.
Cobra Kai students will learn new lessons about dirty fighting
Although it was John Kreese who taught Terry Silver karate during his time in the military, the latter has modified the teachings to suit his needs. While Kreese is ruthless in his approach to karate and favors the “no mercy” philosophy, Terry Silver leans more toward cheap tricks when it comes to winning. Once Silver returns, Kreese’s students will have a new sensei who will teach them how to use his ruthless karate moves in the most damaging and dishonest ways to paralyze their opponents. This will end up being very lethal to Daniel and Johnny’s current fair play principles.
The last three seasons of Cobra Kaiare currently available on Netflix. Cobra Kai Season 4 will debut on the streamer in late 2021.
Topics: Cobra Kai, Karate Kid 3