The Top 10 Douchebag Villains from 80s Teen Movies

01. Johnny Lawrence in The Karate Kid

Johnny from The Karate Kid
And here is the Zabka hat trick! The douchebag villain by which all other douchebag villains in teen movies will forever be compared. Johnny was a complete asshole with anger issues that I blame solely on his being handed over at such a young age to that maniac Kreese at the Cobra Kai dojo. I bet if Johnny’s parents had never signed him up for karate classes at Cobra Kai he probably would have turned out to be a pretty swell fella. Instead he was molded through his most impressionable years by a psycho with delusions of grandeur who thought life was like a Shaw Brothers movie. And thanks to that twisted guidance Johny was a bully who saw nothing wrong with committing vicious assault and battery on anyone whose face he didn’t like while veering ever closer to becoming a future spousal abuser based on his treatment of estranged girlfriend Ali. Even though I have to admit that I probably would have wanted to pop Daniel-San in the chops at least once myself…that guy was a massive jerk in his own right.


  1. ashazenzi · April 29, 2012

    even though zabka made more appearances, james spader wears the scary bully crown for that steely sociopath glare of his. you were spot on with your imagined extrapolation of his life after high school. #willies lol!!!


    • Derek · April 29, 2012

      I only gave Zabka the top spot for his Karate kid role because i was not actively rooting for him to win like I was for Spader’s Steff in Pretty in Pink. I got swept up by Spader’s creepy charisma while I couldn’t wait for Johnny to get his comeuppance.


  2. Michael Allan Leonard · May 12, 2013

    Man there’s a really meta movie here somewhere following these characters instead of the ‘protagonists’ . . .


    • Derek · May 12, 2013

      Well I know for a fact that I preferred Johnny to Daniel-san on Karate Kid…I think a movie following Johnny around as he gets mentally abused by Sensei Kreese would have been great.


  3. · May 1, 2015

    You forgot Spader in Less than Zero. Any drug dealing college kid who pimps out a straight druggie to gay Johns is a royal D-bag villain.


    • Derek · May 1, 2015

      Oh yeah, Spader was a colossal ass in Less Than Zero.

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      • nbcsports0 · July 28, 2016

        LOL. great article !!! i love the selections! john patrick reger might qualify for an honorable mention for his portrayal of arrogant rudi in “hot dog … the movie”


      • Derek · August 4, 2016

        Y’know I don’t think I have ever seen Hot Dog the Movie; might have to give that one a watch since it sounds like I am missing some primo 80s douchebag action.


  4. Marc · March 29, 2019

    What about Biff out of Back To The Future?


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