1980s

Mr. Miyagi

Mr. Miyagi (Pat Morita) is the legendary karate teacher of Daniel LaRusso in the American martial arts series The Karate Kid. He is known for his unconventional methods of teaching karate using chores, such as when he orders Daniel to wax his car. Despite his age, Miyagi shows prowess many times, such as his ability to catch a fly with chopsticks.

Billy Peltzer from Gremlins

Billy Peltzer (Zach Galligan) is the protagonist of Joe Dante’s Christmas horror classic Gremlins. He is a young man who is given a creature called a Mogwai for Christmas. He names it Gizmo, but discovers there are various strange rules to care for it. When he breaks them, he accidentally unleashes a wave on monsters called Gremlins on his small town.

Cyndi Lauper

Cyndi Lauper is a singer-songwriter who reached stardom with hit singles “Girls Just Wanna Have Fun” and “Time After Time”. Her dazzling colorful fashion, which ruled the MTV airwaves, is quintessential 80s style.

Ralphie Parker

In A Christmas Story, all that Ralphie (Peter Billingsley) wants for Christmas is an official Red Ryder carbine-action, two hundred shot Range Model air rifle. Instead, he gets stuck with a pink bunny onesie from Aunt Clara that makes him look like a pink nightmare.

Johnny Lawrence

In The Karate Kid, Johnny Lawrence (Billy Zabka) bullies the new kid at school, Daniel. They eventually fight against one another in the All-Valley Karate Tournament raising the question of whose dojo will win: Cobra Kai’s or Mr. Miyagi’s?

Devo

Devo is an American band whose music and performances combine deadpan humor and satirical social commentary. They’re best known for their hit “Whip It” and their quirky outfits, especially the red Energy Dome hats.

Dree Elle

In He-Man and the Masters of the Universe, Dree Elle is female Trollan who’s Orko’s girlfriend. Unlike the other Trollans whose robes are marked by the first letter of their name, Dree Elle’s robe lacks this feature.

The Karate Kid

In The Karate Kid, Daniel (Ralph Macchio) learns how to defend himself from bully, Johnny Lawrence, after he is taken under Mr. Miyagi’s wing. Daniel’s a slow learner however, and doesn’t understand that he can’t master moves like The Crane until he first masters skills like wax on and wax off.

Orko

Orko is a Trollan who’s accidentally transported by a cosmic storm to Eternia, where he saves a young He-Man. Despite having magical powers they are usually unpredictable and backfire on him. Though he keeps his face hidden, this doesn’t seem to hinder him from finding a girlfriend.

Dawson

In Adventures in Babysitting, Dawson (Vincent D’Onofrio) is a mechanic who looks a lot like Thor, and not only to Sara, who idolizes the Norse superhero. He may even be the Norse superhero. But that doesn’t mean he’ll give you a $5 discount on your car repair.