No one thought that Cobra Kai would have blown up like this. It feels like from conception onward that it would just be a fun niche Internet video that is played for nostalgia and for laughs in spite of its drama. Yet, here we are, in its fifth season on one of the largest streaming platforms on Earth. It’s so weird… yet so right.

The secret sauce in Cobra Kai isn’t just the nostalgia, but the characters on the show. The members of the dojo follow the “Strike First, Strike Hard, No Mercy” mantra from the perspective of bullies and the bullied alike. Whether you agree with its teachings or not, the dojo turns the overlooked into badasses, the misguided meek into the brave, and the violent into… well, more violent.

It makes one wonder what characters in popular culture would fit in with the Cobra Kai ranks. Here are some top candidates we think would thrive in the dojo.

Biff Tannen from 'Back to the Future'

Characters Who Would Thrive in Cobra Kai Back to the Future Mai Cobra Biff Tannen Cobra Kai is where a bully can become a more effective bully, so Biff would probably put his casual racism aside to just learn how to punch harder. CRACKED.COM

Nelson Muntz from 'The Simpsons'

Characters Who Would Thrive in Cobra Kai The Simpsons Mai Cobra Nelson Muntz At Cobra Kai, Nelson won't just learn how to pound nerds more effectively but also have plenty of potential father figures to look up to (regardless of whether or not they're good father figures). CRACKED.COM

Vic Mackey from 'The Shield'

Characters Who Would Thrive in Cobra Kai The Shield Cobra Mai Vic Mackey Violent means to a personally beneficial end is Vic Mackey's code. It wouldn't be surprising for Mackey to pair up with the Cobra Kai dojo just to get potential recruits for his Strike Team when they get older. CRACKED.COM

Piere Hawthorne from 'Community'

Characters Who Would Thrive in Cobra Kai Community Mai Cobra Pierce Hawthorne An old rich bully that just wants to be a part of the club is exactly what Cobra Kai would want, not only as a student but also as a potential backer to franchise the dojo. CRACKED.COM

Misty Quigley from 'Yellowjackets'

Characters Who Would Thrive in Cobra Kai Yellowjackets Mai Cobra Misty Quigley It's always the quirky, quiet ones you need to look out for, and Misty is definitely in that category. Her need to make friends and her violent tendencies make her an easy recruit for the dojo. CRACKED.COM

Michonne from 'The Walking Dead'

Characters Who Would Thrive in Cobra Kai The Walking Dead Cobra Mai Michonne Strike First, Strike Hard, No Mercy is a necessary strategy when surviving a zombie apocalypse. Michonne could learn some extra aggressive techniques while showing off some of her own to other students. CRACKED.COM

Mac from 'It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia'

Characters Who Would Thrive in Cobra Kai It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia Cobra Mai Mac In Cobra Kai, tough guys wannabes become real tough guys just to brag about being tough guys. That's essentially Mac for most of the 89 seasons of the show. CRACKED.COM

Wayne from 'Letterkenny'

Characters Who Would Thrive in Cobra Kai Letterkenny Mai Cobra Wayne Wayne is good in a fight and likes to get to the point, much like several sensei in Cobra Kai. Sure he mastered the Canadian hockey fight technique, but Cobra Kai could open him up to new strategies next time he's in a scrap. CRACKED.COM

The Crooked Ninja Turtle Gang from 'Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles'

Characters Who Would Thrive in Cobra Kai Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles The Crooked Mai Cobra Ninja Turtle Gang Come on, they were recruited by The Shredder from their own dojo and use their techniques for petty crimes and bullying. It's pretty much a one-to-one comparison. CRACKED.COM

Spinelli from 'Recess'

Characters Who Would Thrive in Cobra Kai Recess Cobra Mai Spinelli Spinelli has everything Cobra Kai wants in a student: a chip on their shoulder, willpower greater than their size, and a tendency to suggest violence as a first resort. She's perfect! CRACKED.COM

Krillin from 'Dragon Ball Z'

Characters Who Would Thrive in Cobra Kai Dragon Ball Z Cobra Mai Krillin Master Roshi taught Krillin a lot and he's probably the most powerful human character on the show, but putting him in the Cobra Kai dojo will help bend his attitude to one that is more confident and resilient. CRACKED.COM

Kobra from 'Mortal Kombat'

Characters Who Would Thrive in Cobra Kai Mortal Kombat Mai Cobra Kobra The folks at Midway know what they did. Why fight it? This character was clearly based on Cobra Kai, so of course he'd thrive. Hell, he could teach students Fatalities. CRACKED.COM

Judy Gemstone from 'The Righteous Gemstones'

Characters Who Would Thrive in Cobra Kai The Righteous Gemstones Mai Cobra Judy Gemstone As the underestimated middle child of the family, Judy needs some place to channel that rage within her. She's the daughter of a pro wrestler-turned- preacher, so you know she has some issues to work out via sparring. Plus, connecting with a mega church can only help the dojo recruit potential students. CRACKED.COM

Andre Johnson, Jr. from 'Black-ish'

Characters Who Would Thrive in Cobra Kai Black-ish Mai Cobra Andre Johnson, Jr. Lack of confidence, lack of respect, feeling like he has something to prove-Andre Jr. is the prototypical Cobra Kai recruit. Sure, he'll get mashed into hamburger, but he'll come out the other side feeling like a Burger King. Or you know, something better. CRACKED.COM

Guy Gardner from DC Comics

Characters Who Would Thrive in Cobra Kai DC Comics Mai Cobra Guy Gardner Guy is one of the few Green Lanterns (well, at least human ones) that will fight dirty and fight often. Cobra Kai is a place where hotheads are allowed to show off their heat, so it works, power ring or no power ring. CRACKED.COM

Guillermo de la Cruz from 'What We Do In the Shadows'

Characters Who Would Thrive in Cobra Kai What We Do In the Shadows Mai Cobra Guillermo de la Cruz A meek, good-natured, timid guy, who all of sudden shows bursts of skilled and precise violence. That's how many students in Cobra Kai started. Guillermo would just have more initial natural talent at it than most. CRACKED.COM

Casey Jones from 'Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles'

Characters Who Would Thrive in Cobra Kai Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Mai Cobra Casey Jones Young Casey could use some father figures and a community that isn't a group of mutant turtles to learn martial arts from. The unorthodox and loose discipline, along with human companionship, can only benefit him. CRACKED.COM

Amethyst from 'Steven Universe'

Characters Who Would Thrive in Cobra Kai Steven Universe Mai Cobra Amethyst An undersized rowdy girl that questions her worth and is always ready for a brawl? Amethyst wouldn't even need a pamphlet to convince her to join the dojo. CRACKED.COM

Dan from 'Street Fighter'

Characters Who Would Thrive in Cobra Kai Street Fighter Dan Arrogant, overconfident, runs a Mai Cobra failing dojo, is his own worst enemy... It's like Dan and Johnny Lawrence are exactly the same person. CRACKED.COM

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