* AcceptableTargets: The series is known for using national stereotypes, as opposed to racial stereotypes. People generally don't seem to be severely offended even though they recognize the stereotypes; the characters seem more cartoonish than realistic.
** It also helps that [[SelfDeprecation both Next Level Games (Bear Hugger) and Nintendo (Piston Hondo) are taking the piss out of their countrymen too.]]
** The weakest fighters in the series, Glass Joe and Gabby Jay, are [[CheeseEatingSurrenderMonkey Frenchmen]]. It's taken to the point where in the Wii version, you can literally ''punch the croissants out of Glass Joe.''
*** Amusingly, said Frenchmen [[{{Determinator}} never gave up a single match]] despite [[{{Jobber}} their matching records]].
* AlternativeCharacterInterpretation: [[http://www.sportspickle.com/news/1082/definite-proof-doc-louis-has-been-trying-to-kill-little-mac Is Doc Louis actually trying to kill Little Mac?]]
** Despite the CheeseEatingSurrenderMonkeys image that Glass Joe is suppose to portray, some fans portray him as a {{Determinator}} seeing as he hasn't quit.
* AwesomeMusic: [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NpccRdanqEA Soda Popinski's combined themes]] are especially awesome.
** The [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ndaP9iieaok series' main theme]] is incredibly memorable.
* BreatherBoss: In the Wii game, many people find Super Macho Man much easier than the preceding bout against Bald Bull or the following bout against world champion Mr. Sandman.
** Don Flamenco is also sandwiched between more difficult fighters in the Wii game (Great Tiger and Aran Ryan), and in the NES original is easier than most of the fighters who preceded him, at least the first time you fight him.
*** The rematch can catch you off-guard at first, but his punches are fairly easy to dodge once you know they're coming, and it's fairly easy to at least win by decision. He's also sandwiched between the rematch with Bald Bull and Mr. Sandman.
** Super Macho Man is sometimes considered a BreatherBoss in the NES game as well, as many consider Mr. Sandman, who comes before him, to be a much harder fight. That said, Macho Man is still quite a challenge in the NES game.
** Narcis Prince from Super Punch Out also qualifies as this, as he's quite a bit less challenging than Mad Clown and Super Macho Man and ''much'' less challenging than the rest of the Special Circuit.
** Disco Kid in Title Defense. After the DifficultySpike in [[WakeUpCallBoss TD Glass Joe]] and the significantly harder TD Von Kaiser with fake-out punches and a one-hit knockdown punch that requires good reflexes to dodge, Disco Kid is somewhat easier in which he doesn't have any fake-out blows or one-hit knockdowns, having only faster but manageable attacks and two new moves that are fairly easy to get around.
* CatharsisFactor: Awww, ''yeah''.
* CrazyAwesome: Aran Ryan in the Wii is [[AxCrazy nuts]], and has moves that are blatant cheating, and the fans felt it made him one of the most memorable boxers in the game.
* DracoInLeatherPants: Take a look in DeviantArt and see Aran Ryan (Yes, ''[[http://image.gamespotcdn.net/gamespot/images/2009/features/gameguides/punch-out/090.jpg that one]]'') turn from "[[AxCrazy Complete Lunatic]]" into ''"Irish Hottie"''.
* EarWorm: [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T6IBoUU7KaI Aran Ryan's intro theme]], popularly looped in YouTubePoop.
* EnsembleDarkhorse: Punching bag Glass Joe has strangely endeared himself to the fanbase.
** Soda Popinski is fairly popular as well thanks to his odd case of [[{{Bowdlerize}} Bowdlerization]].
** Aran Ryan [[CrazyAwesome insane]] [[AxCrazy characterization]] in the Wii version quickly earned him a lot fans.
* FanonDiscontinuity: ''Nobody'' expected the SNES player character to be Little Mac, with many assuming him being labeled such in his guest appearance in ''Fight Night Round 2'' just being EA taking artistic liberties.
* GoodBadBugs: It's unknown whether the strategy of blocking Soda's uppercuts on the NES was intentional or a glitch, but it makes beating him insanely easy.
* HoYay: Along with the above, Frank Jr. looks positively elated to lose the match. Flushed cheeks, drooling smile, the works.
** In the fandom, Little Mac and Narcis Prince seem to be paired up the most.
* ItsTheSameNowItSucks: What some people claim about the Wii version compared to the NES version, especially those who have seen but haven't actually played the Wii version.
* MemeticLoser: Who's an even bigger loser than Glass Joe? The guy whom Glass Joe got his one and only win against.
* MemeticMutation: "Nigga stole my bike!"
** AscendedMeme: In the Wii version in between rounds, Doc Louis tells Mac after the fight, he wants to take a ride on his bike.
** "Join the Nintendo Fun Club today, Mac!"
*** "Join the Nintendo Fun- I mean, Club Nintendo today, Mac!"
** Von Kaiser's "Give 'em Ze Uppercut!"
*** "AAAAAAAAAAAAAATAKAAAHHHHHHHHHH"
*** "Wo bist du denn? MOMMY!!"
** Mine's chocolate!
*** The odd way Doc Louis says "A LION!"
** Super Macho Man's "Release the-- ''bogus!''"
*** "Release the-- [[TheBigLebowski dude!]]"
** I'll take Tyson!
* MemeticMolester: Mr. Sandman. ''Especially'' in the Wii version.
-->'''Mr. Sandman''': Hey Mac Baby! Brush your teeth? * leans in* It's bed time...
** [[spoiler:Donkey Kong]], given how he "kidnaps" Mac if the player loses the match, and his facial expression is... unsettling.
*** [[WebVideo/TwoBestFriendsPlay No, he's gonna rape me!]]
* SugarWiki/MostWonderfulSound: Any of the [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j24tzPrDHro Fight Won]] themes, particularly if it's [[ThatOneBoss Bald Bull's]] or [[SugarWiki/AwesomeMusic Mr. Sandman's]] versions.
* NightmareFuel: Mr Sandman in the Wii version. Also, Aran Ryan and Bald Bull. All three of them get downright creepy close-up face shots among other things.
** You can see your defeat opponents' reactions after beating them in Contender and Total Defense mode. Contender Sandman gives one of the most terrifying [[DeathGlare death glares ever seen.]]
** In the Wii version, Great Tiger's special K.O. animation has him TeleportSpam before passing out. In Title Defense, at the end he disappears and ''doesn't come back.''
* ReplacementScrappy: Quite a few people feel Mr. Dream is a poor substitute for Iron Mike. Doesn't help that Mr. Dream seems generic and not a lot of originality went into him (same body type Tyson had, same exact dialogue, same exact moves, 99-0-99 record, comes from "Dreamland", etc.). At least Nick Bruiser was fairly memorable...
* TheScrappy: Most of the characters have something about them meant to piss you off slightly, be it [[EthnicScrappy bad ethnic stereotyping]] or some other obnoxious personality quirk. This is probably to make it more satisfying when you [[CatharsisFactor beat their faces in]].
* SNKBoss: Nothing, repeat, NOTHING, could have possibly prepared you for the ass kicking that is Iron Mike. [[TrialAndErrorGameplay Except for said ass kicking.]]
* SpiritualLicensee: Stereotypes aside, these are the best Film/{{Rocky}} games ever made.
* SurpriseDifficulty: You wouldn't expect Glass Joe to put up a fight, but once you get to Title Defense...
* TearJerker: [[spoiler:Doc Louis wandering through Little Mac's exhibit in the ending cutscene of the Wii version.]]
* ThatOneBoss: In the Wii version, Title Defense Bald Bull is unanimously considered to be ''the'' hardest opponent. Significant damage on every attack, a right uppercut that comes out very quickly, a change in timing on his Bull Charge (his OneHitKill), and most importantly, knockdown immunity unless hit with a Star Punch.
** It also doesn't help that the Stars are hard to get.
** Bald Bull's status as That One Boss is lampshaded in WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy when, while praying, Peter asks {{God}} for advice on how to beat him.
** Soda Popinski in Title Defense. If you don't have quick reflexes, have fun losing. Soda moves very quickly and early on takes little damage. Each consecutive time you counter, he'll take more damage, but if you get hit, it resets. And without quick reflexes, you'll be getting hit a lot.
** Dragon Chan in Super Punch Out (arcade and Super NES). Blocks a lot, is fast and has that one hit kill kick.
*** Especially in the rematch of the arcade game. He blocks a lot more efficiently and he does two of those kicks in a row. Not only is the timing on dodging the kicks difficult, he throws them with random build-up times and if he ends on the player's right he can't be countered after missing.
** Great Tiger in the arcade Super Punch-Out!!, especially the rematch. He rarely stuns and even if he does the player gets at most one or two extra punches out of it. He also uses an annoying low hook attack with an odd build-up time making it very hard to dodge or counter. Even worse, he'll dodge the player's attack and follow with an easily avoidable attack, allowing the player to dodge ''that'' and get in a hit or two. Great, until he suddenly counters ''instantly'' and gets a free hit on the player.
** Many people will agree that Mike Tyson is the hardest opponent in the entire series. His quick reflexes & brutal attacks really makes him a challenge.
* UncannyValley: The ''Super Punch-Out'' protagonist's appearance in ''Fight Night Round 2''. [[http://cubemedia.ign.com/cube/image/article/586/586259/ea-sports-fight-night-round-2-20050208050651080.jpg Just look]].
* TheWoobie: The Wii version makes you feel sorry for Glass Joe and Von Kaiser (Glass Joe especially).
** Look at your [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=chyTo3Y_vTo&feature=related defeated opponents gallery]] in Title Defence. It's hard not to feel sorry for King Hippo with his lip quivering, Bear Hugger looking like he's about to cry, the crushed looks of Disco Kid, Don Flamenco, or Soda Popinski -- even Super Macho Man has a face that could inspire some sympathy! The only exceptions are Mr. Sandman (who just looks absolutely stunned), Great Tiger (who simply looks like he's about to puke) and Aran Ryan... who could [[{{Squick}} perhaps use a smoke]]... And if you felt bad for Von Kaiser before, look at the mess he's become in Title Defence review and his woobism goes through the roof.