Who Plays Tory In Cobra Kai? (2023 Updated)

Who Plays Tory In Cobra Kai? (2023 Updated)

Tory Nichols of Cobra Kai may not be as prominent as Kreese as an antagonist, but she has a fair share of making the life of Samantha LaRusso, her nemesis, miserable. 

With her outstanding performance as a villain, Tory caught the eyes of many fans. But who plays Tory in Cobra Kai, and why does she look familiar?

All About Tory Nichols In Cobra Kai 

All About Tory Nichols In Cobra Kai

Tory Nichols is played by Peyton List, a child star, model, and accomplished musician, a 22-year-old actress from Florida. She made an outstanding impact from the day she appeared in Cobra Kai Season 2 Episode 4 until Season 4. 

The troubled teen was expelled from high school and shipped to juvenile detention. If she only found the right sensei, she could be a better person. Although given her past, we know where she’s coming from.

Who Is Peyton List? 

Cobra Kai’s Peyton List is a 24-year-old American actress, model, and singer. She used to be a model for tween magazines like American Girl and Justice Magazine when she was a child. Her major acting breakthrough was her role as a younger version of Jane Nichols in 27 Dresses. 

The former Disney star has 56 acting credits on IMDb. She also won the Young Artist Award for Best Performance in a Feature Film in 2013 for her role in Diary of a Wimpy Kid [1]. 

Fun Facts

Real Age

Real Age

Peyton List, born on April 6, 1998, is already 22 years old. On the other hand, Tory, her character in the Cobra Kai Netflix series, is a 17-year-old student and protege of Kreese. Tory has the same age as Miguel Diaz and Samantha LaRusso (Mary Mouser). 

She Has A Twin Brother

Peyton List has a twin brother who is also an actor. Her little brother, Spencer List, has appeared in iCarly, CSI: Miami, and The Fosters. Peyton and Spencer both appeared in Bunk’d in 2016.

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She’s An Actress

She’s An Actress

Disney Channel - Jessie & Bunk’d

One of Peyton’s most iconic roles as an actress was her role as Emma Ross in Jessie (2011 - 2015) and Bunk’d in Disney Channel, where she reprised her role from 2015 to 2018 and 2021. 

She was one of the show’s main characters. This series might not be Peyton’s first acting career, but it’s her longest-running role.

27 Dresses

Peyton List also acted in 27 Dresses, an American romantic comedy film starring Katherine Heigl and James Marsden, in 2008. The 10-year-old List played the young Jane Nichols (Katherine Heigl) in the film. This film is List’s debut as an actress. 

Diary of a Wimpy Kid

List also acted in the famous film, Diary of a Wimpy Kid film series from 2011 to 2012. She played Holly Hills, the popular blonde girl in school. Holly Hills caught the attention of Greg Heffley (Zachary Gordon), the main character in the film. 

She’s A Model & Singer

She’s A Model & Singer

Aside from being an actress, Peyton List is also a model. Her career began as a child model and appeared in various tween magazines. Peyton List is also an aspiring pop singer who has already released her songs. 

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Peyton List’s Performance As Tory 

Peyton List is considered a breakthrough star with her portrayal of Tory. She revealed that she used to have doubts about joining the Cobra Kai cast [1]. List also revealed that she didn’t know she’d be fighting in the show when she auditioned. 

Fortunately, even when Martin Kove also doubted her abilities, List overcame her insecurities and acted well as Tory in the tv series. Some of her co-stars are William Zabka (Johnny Lawrence) and Ralph Macchio (Daniel LaRusso), both from the Karate Kid series, and Jacob Bertrand (Hawk). 

One of Tory’s most iconic fight scenes was when Sam and she fought in the season finale of the last season. She also fought Miguel in a Karate sparring when she first joined Cobra Kai dojo. Sam and Tory’s fight in a school brawl (karate style) in Season 3 was also iconic. 

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Is Tory On Cobra Kai Wearing A Wig?

Yes, Tory on Cobra Kai admitted wearing a wig during the show’s third installment. List, formerly a blonde, disclosed that she wore an ombre wig that faded from brunette to blond during the show’s third season [2].

Is Tory In Cobra Kai Ali’s Daughter?

No, Tory in Cobra Kai isn’t Ali’s daughter. In the show, Tory has a sick mom who’s also a struggling waitress. However, many fans speculate that Tory’s mom is Ali Mills, and her dad is Terry Silver from Karate Kid. However, the “Ali with an I” theory has already been debunked. 

In Conclusion

Peyton List, an actress, plays Tory in Cobra Kai on Netflix. The 24-year-old actress is also an aspiring pop singer who has already released her new songs. She has also appeared in some famous movies and tv series like Spider-Man 2, Cashmere Mafia, and Disney’s Jessie and Bunk’d, where she played Emma Ross. 

Armed with sharp wit and a spiky bracelet, Tory Nichols has proven to be one of the show’s main antagonists. List’s portrayal made it clear that it’s never easy to mess with her.

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  1. https://heavy.com/entertainment/cobra-kai/peyton-list-tory-nichols-doubts/ 
  2. https://heavy.com/entertainment/cobra-kai/peyton-list-wig/

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