1980s

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.

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.

Jack Burton

In Big Trouble in Little China, Jack Burton (Kurt Russell) is a truck driver who must help rescue his friend’s fiancee, who’s been kidnapped by a Chinese street gang called the Lords of Death. Entering the mysterious underworld of Chinatown, he soon faces off against a powerful sorcerer named David Lo Pan.

Kung Fury

Kung Fury (David Sandberg) is a Miami detective who suddenly gains a powerful form of kung fu after being struck by lightning and bitten by a cobra. Fortunately this happens just as Adolf Hitler travels through time to become history’s greatest martial artist. You can see for yourself how it all goes down on YouTube.

Sara Anderson

In Adventures of Babysitting, Sara Anderson (Maia Brewton) is a 10-year old girl with an extreme obsession with Thor. She even wears a Thor helmet and carries around a toy hammer. When she sees a car mechanic named Dawson wielding a sledgehammer, she bows down to him as if he were the Norse god.

Ferris Bueller’s Day Off

In Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, Ferris Bueller (Matthew Broderick) is playing hooky to see the big city, and he’s taking his girlfriend Sloane, his buddy Cameron, and most importantly Cameron’s dad’s Ferrari along for the ride.

Ghostbusters

When ghosts, poltergeists, and other spirits come a haunting, who ya gonna call? Ghostbusters! Coveralls are essential work attire when the possibility of being covered in slime or marshmallow puff is a real job hazard.

John Bender

The misunderstood bad boy, John Bender, was grunge before grunge was considered a fashion style. The guy was so cool not only did he cut the sleeves off of his flannel shirt but he wore two jackets. So if you want to attract your own Claire Standish then wear layers and learn to light a match with your teeth.

Punky Brewster

When it came to rambunctious 80’s icons there were few that could compete with Punky Brewster. Armed with her dog, a motley crew of friends, and a mismatched wardrobe, Punky won over the heart of Henry and the American public alike. All you need for the same look are a few layered shirts, ripped up jeans, and mismatched shoes.

Jareth the Goblin King

Jareth (David Bowie) is the Goblin King who is summoned by Sarah to take her infant brother away. He gives Sarah a chance to get her brother back if she can make it through the Labyrinth. Along the way he distracts her with song and dance but it’s his choice of pants that distracts viewers.