10 of The Most Popular Cobra Kai Fanfiction Stories (2024 Edition)

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If you are looking for some of the best Cobra Kai fanfiction, you have come to the right place. 

Cobra Kai is a martial arts comedy-drama television series and sequel to The Karate Kid films. 

Just like The Karate Kid, this series stars Ralph Macchio and William Zabka. 

This series follows these two men, who are now in their 50s, as they navigate fatherhood, their careers, and their relationships. 

There are four seasons of this show with 40 episodes.

A fifth season is set to premiere on Netflix in September 2022. 

The fan base for both Cobra Kai and The Karate Kid is massive.

It is no wonder that there is such a large amount of fanfiction based on this world. 

This article will explore a few of the most popular Cobra Kai fanfiction stories according to hits received on Archive of Our Own. 

Keep reading to learn more. 

1. Season 5 – Part 1

With over 20,000 hits, the first Cobra Kai fanfiction that we will look at is one of the more popular. 

This story focuses largely on Miguel, Robby, and Tory, but just about every character from the series makes an appearance throughout the 69 chapters of this story. 

There are also a few original characters in this story, and they each add a unique element to the story. 

This story opens with the ending of season 4, and it is the author’s take on the events that should or could happen in the upcoming 5th season. 

Miguel heads out to find his father in Mexico City. 

Though he does not know much about him, he thinks that he will be able to find him without too much struggle. 

He quickly realizes he was wrong about that fact, and the journey that unfolds features plenty of drama.

2. Shot in the Dark 

Up next is a Cobra Kai fanfiction that also takes place after the events of season four. 

However, the author of this story has written their own version of seasons 5, 6, and 7, so there is plenty of content here to consume. 

This story is told from Robby’s perspective, which sheds a unique light on the falling-out that occurred at the end of season four and the following events.  

There is a lot of father/son bonding in this story, and there is also a heavy focus on the karate aspects of the series. 

We see Johnny acting as a father to the biggest rivals in the valley, and there are some exciting conflicts and fight scenes. 

If you are looking for a story that is heavy on the 80’s references, this is a great one to choose. 

3. Counterpoint and Equilibrium 

The next Cobra Kai fanfiction that we will look at today is another very popular story with over 15,000 hits. 

This story focuses largely on Johnny and one of the author’s original characters, but just about every character will make an appearance throughout the story. 

The events of this story take place after the end of season one of Cobra Kai, so there are no spoilers for any further seasons. 

In this story, the All Valley tournament is over, and Cobra Kai has won. 

However, no one really feels like a winner. 

As summer arrives, new kids come flooding into the dojo, and Johnny feels like this might just be his second chance. 

This story is really heartfelt and sweet, and it contains some romance as well as plenty of karate scenes. 

4. Season 4

Up next is a Cobra Kai fanfiction that gives new life to season 4 of the show. 

The author wrote this story after season 3 premiered on Netflix, and they wanted to write what they think should happen in season 4. 

As we know, season 4 has since been released, so this is not true to the actual show. 

This story mainly focuses on Miguel and Robby and their struggles, conflicts, and relationships. 

However, we get to read from the perspectives of many characters including Sam, Hawk, Johnny, Daniel, and more. 

In this story, Miguel and Johnny have a bit of a falling out; they seem to have turned on each other. 

Reconciliation between the two will be long and difficult if it is even possible at all. 

This well-written story has nearly 1,000 comments, most of which commend the author on their characterization, storytelling, and writing abilities, so it is not a story to be missed. 

5. Young Hearts 

The next Cobra Kai fanfiction on our list today is one of the most intense and dramatic stories out there. 

In this story, we largely focus on the love triangle between Sam, Robby, and Miguel. 

There is an abundance of conflict between the three of them.

It seems that they may never be able to work things out. 

Robby makes a huge mistake, and no one is keen to forgive him, so he is on his own. 

This story also contains a lot of nice moments of parent/child bonding, which adds a unique element to the story that we haven’t really seen before. 

You will have to read this story to find out if Robby finds forgiveness or if he is left to fend for himself forever.

6. No Be There

Miguel Diaz Cobra Kai

In this Cobra Kai fanfiction, we get to revisit season 4 of the show. 

The author of this story has used the same plot points as the show, so there is not a lot of new storyline to read, but it is still very worthwhile. 

What makes this story unique is the fact that it focuses on the character growth and roles of Johnny and Hawk. 

This story goes into great depth on the roles of fathers and mentors while remaining true to the show. 

Johnny wants to be a good father and to be a role model for his son, he just isn’t quite sure how to do that. 

We get to see his growth and development, as well as his reactions and responses to the show’s events.

7. “I Got You”

The next Cobra Kai fanfiction that we will read today is one of the more depressing stories in the genre. 

The author of this story has made note of some content warnings that should be looked over before reading this story. 

In this story, Johnny comes home to find Robby waiting for him outside of his apartment. 

He is bruised and shaking and can’t quite get the words out to tell Johnny what happened. 

All he knows is that he needs his father, and he is hoping that Johnny will finally step up. 

As this story progresses, we learn more about what happened to Robby.

And we get to see how he and Johnny decide to deal with it. 

This story touches on some very sensitive subject matter, but it is all handled with respect and care. 

8. An Alternate Season 3/4

Up next is a Cobra Kai fanfiction that is a bit of a rewrite of seasons 3 and 4 of the show. 

The author of this story picks up at the end of season 2 and has written what they think should have happened in the following seasons. 

In this story, Miguel does not accept Johnny’s help or his apology. 

In fact, he teams up with Kreese and becomes his number 1 Cobra. 

Johnny recruits his friends and family to help him save Miguel, but he might just be too far gone before they can get to him. 

There are some original characters in this story who all add a lot of depth to the world. 

There are also some interesting relationship dynamics at play, and it does not pan out as you might expect. 

9. A Walk in the Woods

The next Cobra Kai fanfiction that we will look at today is a very unique story with a bit of an unusual plot. 

In this story, a teacher takes his student to a mountain peak in search of balance. 

Meanwhile, a sensei takes his champion to the same mountain peak in search of answers. 

Of course, they inevitably run into each other, and their peaceful mountain weekend becomes a battle for their lives. 

It seems that they may not survive this relentless forest unless they decide to help each other out and rely on one another. 

This story is packed full of action and adventure, and it has a few twists that you likely won’t see coming.

10. Out of Control 

The final Cobra Kai fanfiction on our list today is still a work in progress. 

There are currently 27 chapters in this story, but many more are still to come. 

This story has a bit of a supernatural element to it, and the stakes have truly never been higher. 

In this story, Miguel and Sam make a life-altering decision that has lasting effects on them, as well as those around them. 

The Valley is no longer safe for Sam, and defeating Cobra Kai is the only way to keep her safe. 

Will her friends be able to save her before it is too late?

This story is action-packed and very tense, so prepare for an exciting journey. 

Cobra Kai Fanfiction: Conclusion

I hope this article has helped you find some great Cobra Kai fanfiction!

These 10 are just a small sample of all the amazing stories out there.

So you may want to look at the other fanfics with this tag and find own your favorite among them.

And if you have questions about this topic, feel free to leave a message in the comments below!

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  1. Thank you for your list but I, who have been involved in multi fandoms for over two decades, find it strange that the “10 Best…..” of any fandom includes fics that are not finished. If you’re basing your listing on multi chapters fics, yes, of course they will come out on top. I would be impressed if you didn’t draw your conclusions from the number of hits a fic has received but the quality of story (and if it is either complete or updated on a regular basis). Of course, this is just my opinion.

    1. Hi DC,

      I see where you’re coming from. The total number of hits doesn’t necessarily mean they’re the best. But at FictionLit we’ve made the editorial decision to look at the best as those with the highest odds of others liking them, which typically means we look at those with the most hits. I’m definitely open to other ideas though. Feel free to let me know here or message me through the contact form!

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