Characters from Nintendo's arcade-style boxing series, Punch-Out!!
. Keep in mind that the identity of some of these characters are spoilers
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Appears in: NES, SNES (as a brown-haired kid instead of black-haired), and Wii
Voiced in Super Punch-Out!! by: Charles Martinet
Voiced in the Wii game by: Matt Harty
A scrappy young pugilist from the Bronx, New York. Possibly influenced by Ippo Makunouchi
and/or Rocky Balboa
- Ambiguously Brown: In the Wii game. He's typically assumed to be Italian-American, like Rocky Balboa.
- Badass: The 17-year-old that once took down Mike Tyson himself.
- Badass Normal: He's puny compared to his competition, and has no gimmicks. Doesn't stop him from rising to the top.
- Blood Knight: A rather subtle example, but judging by the way he glares at his opponents between rounds and grins triumphantly when he wins it's clear Mac loves what he does.
- Death of a Thousand Cuts: Unless he nets himself some star punches, his only method of dealing with opponents is hitting them with weak individual punches, a lot.
- Determinator: No matter how gigantic and intimidating his opponents are, he never backs down. Well displayed when you first face Mr. Sandman in the Wii version: as he's walking towards the ring, Doc Louis looks at him terrified, but Mac simply gives an undaunted grunt and gets to it, leaving Doc to smile proudly at his pupil.
- Expy: The SNES version of him looks a lot like Trunks while being in Super Saiyan mode. Extra hilarity: he's wearing boxing trunks.
- Fragile Speedster: Compared to everyone else in the league, at least. Even Glass Joe can deal more damage per punch, if you let him. But who else can land multiple punches in a row such that the opponent cannot defend between them? Heck, if you pay attention, the clock slows while you're following up with stun punches. Mac is small and light, but he is fast.
- Guest Fighter: His SNES appearance in the GameCube port of Fight Night Round 2, as part of a licensing deal with EA.
- Hair Color Dissonance: While Mac's hair is unmistakably black in the NES game, his hair in the Wii installment is pretty difficult to describe. It usually looks dark blue, but official artwork makes his hair look greenish black too.
- Heroic Mime: In the Wii version at least. Averted in other games.
- Heroic Second Wind: In the Wii version, he can stop himself from being knocked out. After slamming up against the ropes, he can barely catch himself by slamming a foot against the ground in front of him. He then proceeds to throw his head upwards at his opponent, a thoroughly pissed off look on his face, followed by a inaudible roar with his fists akimbo before resuming the match..
- Improbable Age: He won the WBVA title at the age of 17, when most real life international boxing organizations don't allow those under the age of 18 to compete with adults.
- Kid Hero
- Muscles Are Meaningless: When you think about it, it would take a lot of strength to make the likes of King Hippo even flinch.
- Pintsized Powerhouse: Hardly tiny, but at 5' 7" he's the shortest character in the game. And he used to be even smaller, only 4'8" in the NES game.
- Rapid-Fire Fisticuffs: One of Mac's special attacks in the SNES game.
- Real Men Wear Pink: He trains in his pink track suit, and does not kick a single ass less in it.
- Rule of Cool: In real life he would never be allowed to fight people outside his own weight class (which would be junior flyweight if the WVBA's weight classes are analogous to the WBO's; only Glass Joe would be in the same weight class), whom almost all of his opponents are. But no bother: it's awesome to knock the stuffing out of these seeming ten-foot behemoths with your star punches.
- Shoryuken: His 3-star punch in the Wii version.
- Silent Bob: Mac only ever grunts and cheers in the Wii version, but the looks on his face clearly indicate what he's thinking. While his opponents trash talk him between rounds, Mac's Death Glare simply tells his opponents to put their punches where their mouths are.
- The Un Favourite: For some reason Referee Mario is harder on him than the other opponents. Indeed, there are some matches he will never rule in Mac's favor, no matter how many points he scores.
- You Can Barely Stand: During some of the fights if you don't get knocked down or take that many hits, you can see Little Mac between rounds resting with a confident look on his face and eager to get back out to fight. However, if you take enough abuse, you instead see a bruised up Little Mac hunched over trying to support himself with an arm on his knee. Just one look at him and you can tell he's really giving it everything he has to try and win this fight. If he wins a fight like this, instead of a jumping, whooping Little Mac, he's stands in the middle of the ring holding a glove against his gut in pain. He then looks up at the crowd with a meek smile and weakly holds up a hand in victory.
- Weak, but Skilled: Skilled enough to beat Donkey Kong.
Appears in: NES, Wii
Voiced in the Wii game by: Riley Inge
Mac's portly trainer and a former boxing champion, he likes to joke around during Mac's fights, with occasional advice.
Appears in: Arcade Punch-Out, Arcade Super Punch-Out, Arm Wrestling
A green-haired pugilist and arm wrestler with no name.
Appears in: Arcade Punch-Out, Arcade Super Punch-Out, Wii
The normal ref for the WVBA. He may have been the ref voice in the SNES version of Super Punch-Out.
- Butt Monkey: In the Wii version of the game, he gets slapped around by Aran Ryan, Bald Bull, and Super Macho Man. If Mr. Sandman beats you, Sandman will proceed to humiliate the ref for no particular reason. Despite being in the same circuit as these boxers, Soda Popinski seems to have nothing against the ref.
- Easily Distracted Referee: Even for the Flexible Tourney Rules of the WVBA, he doesn't seem to notice any of the flagrant cheating under his watch. Or maybe he doesn't want to piss any of the boxers off. Said cheating includes Aran Ryan's illegal headbutt and glove whip, Soda Popinski's instant-recovery soda, Bald Bull's charging uppercut, and King Hippo's manhole cover shield.
- No Name Given: Just the Referee.
- Silent Bob: A bit of a stretch since a good portion of the games he's in is him shouting phrases and whatnot, but in the wii version, he is chooses to perform all cutscenes silent. The best example would be when he decides a match winner in the event of a no-knockout match, but he does show some personality while being humiliated by challengers.
Appears in: NES
Mario from the Super Mario Bros.
series shows up as a Special Guest
referee in Punch-Out!! Featuring Mr. Dream (or Mike Tyson)
, having apparently taken some time off from saving Princess Peach from the Koopas
- Nice Hat: Even as a referee, he still wears his signature red hat.
- Special Guest: Mario takes a break from hero work to serve as a referee.
Introduced in Arcade Punch-Out!!
Appears in: Arcade Punch-Out, NES, Wii
Voiced in the Wii game by: Christian Bernard
The guy with the glass jaw and outrageous French accent. Along with Gabby Jay, Joe holds the WVBA record for most career losses.
- Adaptation Dye-Job: Joe had brown hair in the arcade, blonde on the NES, and reddish-brown on the Wii.
- Butt Monkey: He's weak even compared to the stereotypical depictions of the French.
- Cheese-Eating Surrender Monkeys: Subverted: while he certainly fits the French = Weak stereotype, he never surrenders, as his 1-99 win/loss record will evidence. Sure he's a loser, but he's an honest loser.
- Dangerously Genre Savvy: Believe it or not, in the Wii version's Title Defense match, he becomes this, to the point where is easy to lose to him the first time around. He has headgear that blocks his glass jaw making it harder to do damage. He now has fake out jabs and uppercuts that are surprisingly hard to dodge and do a fair amount of damage. And he actually realises his One-Hit KO weakness, something that no other boss in the history of fighting games has done, and makes the timing of it much more difficult.
- Determinator: For a guy whose main trait is his suckiness he certainly deserves kudos for still being in the ring. Even Doc Louis states that he deserves some respect for how "he can always take a whoopin'".
- I Don't Know Mortal Kombat: Mike Tyson (The real one) claims that he can't defeat Glass Joe
- Jobber: His record is an astounding 1-99.
- Leitmotif: The first part of "La Marseillaise", France's national anthem.
- Made of Iron: Despite all the punishment he's taken, he somehow managed to avoid becoming a drooling vegetable.
- Made of Plasticine: Despite his resilience, Joe can't take a punch.
- Meaningful Name: Obviously a play on "glass jaw", a severe and possibly career-killing affliction. Not that it stops Glass Joe.
- One-Hit Kill: On the NES version, if you hit Joe after he steps back and taunts, there is a chance Joe will be knocked out. Since Joe does nothing before said taunt, it's possible this blow will be the only one in the fight.
- Punny Name: Glass Joe has a glass jaw.
- Sissy Villain: Most of Mac's opponents talk trash to him between rounds, but most of Glass Joe's comments involve him whining about how he's too old to fight and wants to retire, begging Mac not to hit him in the jaw or asking if he can take a nap before the next round. Obviously, this changes in Title Defense, where he Took a Level in Badass.
- Throw the Dog a Bone: One of Glass Joe's challenges in the Wii game? Let him win. It's alot harder then defeating him, actually!
- Took a Level in Badass: In the Wii version's Title Defense mode, his doctor prescribes him some headgear. He then greets you very smugly. Deservedly so. Know a certain challenge (4 punch KO) and you can easily beat him.
- Wake-Up Call Boss: You know Title Defense mode is hardcore when even Glass Joe can kick your ass.
- Warm-Up Boss: In every game he's in, he's the first opponent, and the easiest to knock out. With one exception.
Appears in: Arcade Punch-Out, Arm Wrestling, NES (Major circuit champ), SNES (Minor circuit champ), Wii
Voiced in the Wii game by: Erse Yagan
A heavyweight from Istanbul, Turkey. Telegraphs his punches very easily, but very few have been able to get back up from his "Bull Charge" maneuver. In the NES version, he is the Major Circuit champion.
- Guest Fighter: In the spin-off Arm Wrestling.
- Hot Blooded Side Burns: Especially noticeable since they're the only hair on his head.
- Let X Be the Unknown: As Mask X.
- Made of Iron: He's the only character in the Wii version who doesn't get even slightly tossed into the air after getting knocked down. He just stumbles a bit. Then there's his rematches in the NES and Wii (Title Defense) games. Even if you knock him down, he'll still get up. The only way to stop him? A star punch.
- Mask Power: When he was Mask X in Arm Wrestling. You even defeat him by yanking his mask off.
- Nerf: He's the champion of the Minor Circuit in the SNES game, and as such he's much easier to defeat than in the other games.
- Puzzle Boss: Somewhat for the second time you fight him in the NES game. No matter how little health he has, he doesn't go down to a regular punch (unless you hit him in a Bull Charge); you can only knock him down with a Star Punch. And he always gets up at 9.
- Shout-Out: The "Mask X" Mask design is similar to that of legendary wrestler "The Destroyer".
- Training from Hell: He prepares for his Title Defense bout by letting real bulls charge into him to build up his endurance and keep himself from getting knocked down.
- Turns Red: The more he's hit, the more aggresive he becomes.
- Use Your Head: He will headbutt and bite you in arm wrestling.
- Wake-Up Call Boss: More than any other boxer in any of the Punch Out!! games. In the arcade game he was a huge jump in difficulty from the previous boxer (Piston Hurricane). He's even more like this in the NES version. Compared to every other boxer you fought up to this point, Bald Bull was freakin' huge, and just looked like he was prepared to kick your ass, and his Bull Charge often ensured that he did exactly that. Finally, he's the champion of the Minor Circuit in the SNES Super Punch Out, where he plays the same role he did in the arcade game by being a huge jump in difficulty from the previous boxer (Piston Hurricane again, oddly enough). He avoids this in the Wii version, however, on account of being fought so late.
Appears in: Arcade Punch-Out (champion), NES, SNES (Major Circuit champ), Wii (champion)
Voiced in the Wii game by: Riley Inge
One of the big daddies of the WVBA circuit. His punches hit hard enough to make his opponents see stars, but has a particular weakness to body blows.
- Badass: It's to the point where his intro shows him one-shotting every single one of your opponents.
- Badass Normal: This is especially noticeable in the Wii version. Most of the other boxers have some sort of gimmick: getting hopped up on caffeine, training with animals, using magic, or being rich and famous. Mr. Sandman's gimmick is simply being a boxer. And he's very good at it. His only real quirk is the "Sandman" motif, which is all about sending his opponents off to Dreamland — that is to say, unconsciousness.
- Big "NO!": Right before being star punched in the Wii version.
- Charles Atlas Superpower: He's able to LEVEL BUILDINGS by sheer training and strength alone. Between rounds, he flexes his biceps by curling the ring ropes. Anyone who's ever pulled a ring rope knows this is impossible.
- Death or Glory Attack: In the Title Defense fight in the Wii game, after Mr. Sandman has been knocked down twice in a single round or a minimum of three times overall, he will use Berserker Rage, throwing a barrage of 14 very powerful and very fast uppercuts that come in bursts of 2-4, and at no point can it be countered. It doesn't take many to bring Mac down (in fact, the very last one can instantly knock him down). However, if the player survives, Mr. Sandman will burn out and be left wide open for Mac to lay the match ending beatdown on him.
- Defeating the Undefeatable: In the Wii version, not only does he have a 31-0 record, his intro shows him punching out every other boxer in the game. Later, the prelude to his title defense match shows him PUNCHING DOWN A BUILDING.
- Expy: Of Joe Frazier. The Wii version adds some Mike Tyson, as well.
- He's Back: Mr. Sandman was the last boss of the original arcade Punch-Out!!, but was reduced to a (still damn challenging) contender in following releases. In the Wii version, he's back to last boss status and with good reason, since he is downright SCARY. It also allows him to take Tyson's place as the final challenger.
- Important Haircut: For the rematch against him in Title Defense. It's a very similar haircut to what Mike Tyson himself had back in the day with a twist: the uncut hair forms a "Z" on his head.
- Jump Scare: One of his moves in the Wii version is to go "BOO!" to try to startle you, then driving his fist to your face when you fall for it. Of course, this can potentially backfire on him, as a well-timed jab when he's doing this can earn you a star.
- Lantern Jaw of Justice: The guy has a jaw like a concrete slab, most prominent in his Super Punch Out incarnation.
- Lightning Bruiser: To quote Doc Louis: "Sandman's fast AND strong, he ain't the champ for nothin'!"
- Nerf: In Super Punch Out, he's the champion of the Major Circuit. This is far and away the weakest incarnation of him.
- Retcon: In the arcade and NES versions, Mr. Sandman is from Philadelphia, PA. However, in the SNES manual (not the actual game), he's listed as being from New York, NY. The Wii version restores his hometown as Philadelphia.
- Scary Black Man: The Wii version moreso, thanks to the voice acting. And he also leveled a building with his bare hands after Little Mac defeated him for the championship. That would make him scary if he was white, red, yellow or pink and blue with silver polka dots.
- Shout-Out: His Wii incarnation is as close as you can get to having Mike Tyson in the game as is allowable. Especially in Title Defense. He even does the nightmarish wink-then-punch attack.
- Suspiciously Similar Substitute: Mr. Sandman fills the role for Tyson in the Wii game, especially his Title Defense version.
- Terms of Endangerment: He's the only character other than Doc to call Mac by the nickname "Mac Baby".
- Thirteen Is Unlucky: In the Wii version, he is 31 years old, has 31 KOs on his record, he is faced as the thirteenth opponent in both Contender and Title Defense modes, you start both fights against him with 13 hearts, and he throws 13 blink punches during his flurry of them after the second knockdown in Title Defense. It's also worth noting that his Contender introduction cutscene is 13 images long (Whereas the other boxers introduction cutscenes (Including his Title Defense intoduction cutscene) are only 4 images long). Disturbingly, the frame perfect world record for beating Mr. Sandman in Super Punch-Out turns out to be exactly 13.13 seconds.
- This Is Gonna Suck: When he whiffs a punch in the Wii version: "Uh-oh."
- Took a Level in Badass: When compared to the other games, he is still in the World Circuit but weaker than Super Macho Man. Needless to say after this, he deserves his Championship.
- Villainous Breakdown: Towards the end of his title defense match, he completely loses his composure and throws increasingly frantic uppercuts at Mac, ultimately leaving him exhausted and open to attack.
Appears in: Arcade Punch-Out, SNES
Cuban born Piston Hurricane is an agile boxer that can send Mac reeling with his "Hurricane Rush" punch combo.
- Awesome McCoolname: His name is as awesome as you'd expect a piston and a hurricane to be.
Appears in: Arcade Punch-Out
One of the two left-behinds of the arcade games, he is a quick but pretty easy boxer with no special moves.
Appears in: Arcade Punch-Out
An Italian boxer, who was the other leftback, he uses a grab move to drain the energy from his opponent.
Introduced in Arcade Super Punch-Out!!
Appears in: Arcade Super Punch-Out, NES, Wii
Voiced in the Wii game by: Sumit Seru
A mystic from Mumbai, India. His special attack is the "Magic Punch", which takes on different forms depending on the game, but always involves him splitting into clones of himself and fooling Mac by having both him and his clones "attack" at once.
- Bilingual Bonus: He's speaking fluent Hindi in the Wii version. And in Title Defense mode, when he goes into his magic punch attack, he essentially shouts out "Earthquake!"
- Calling Your Attacks: The color of the jewel in his turban is one of his tells.
- Doppleganger Attack: His summons copies of himself while doing his "Magic Punch"
- Getting Crap Past the Radar: One of his taunts in the Wii version has him telling Little Mac (in Hindi) to go and drink his mother's milk (a slightly roundabout way of effectively calling him a baby who should run home to his mommy).
- Midair Bobbing: He bobs up and down while he's floating.
- Power Echoes: Several of his quotes have a natural echo to them, especially while he is using magic.
- Power Floats: His TD Tiger Punch in the Wii version.
- Rapid-Fire Fisticuffs: In his arcade appearance he does a punch rush similar to Piston Hurricane.
- Sim Sim Salabim: He rides a magic carpet, he wears a turban, he has a tiger motif, and he's from India.
- Teleport Spam: All over the place.
- Wake-Up Call Boss: In both the NES version and the Wii version he's considered the first fighter to present a challenge.
Vodka Drunkenski/Soda Popinski
Appears in: Arcade Super Punch-Out, NES, Wii
Voiced in the Wii game by: Ihor Mota
He comes from Moscow, Russia, usually with a bottle of vodka (or soda) in his hands. As opposed to most of the other fighters, Soda Pop is a lefty, making him a bit harder to read.
- Alcohol Hic: Or soda-hic more like.
- Badass Mustache: One of the strongest boxers with a suitably impressive stache.
- Bald of Awesome: He has even less hair on his head than Bald Bull, although Bald Bull is slightly more awesome.
- Berserk Button: In the Wii version, he gets mad if you star punch him or knock him down, but he goes absolutely ballistic if you knock the bottle out of his hand. Dodge his flurry of uppercuts and he's wide open.
- Bowdlerise: In the arcade, he was named Vodka Drunkenski, but in the NES version, this was changed to Soda Popinski (and yet the references to him being drunk were left in somehow.) The Wii version also uses "Soda Popinski", but it seems to actually be soda this time—the bottle is clearly plastic like a soft drink bottle because it crumples instead of shattering when Soda crushes it, and the bubbles that appear during the match resemble soft drink fizz instead of the froth of some alcoholic drinks. He does still have some references to being drunk, however, as he at one point tells Little Mac (in Russian) that he will crush him, but the dialect in which he says it sounds like he intends to run over Mac with his car. Hilariously, getting drunk on soda actually made him even more memorable than if he had just been your standard drunk Russian.
- The Computer Is a Cheating Bastard: He can recover health during his intermission sequence on the Wii version. Slightly subverted since you can do the same thing (once per match), but he can do it in every intermission! At least they're skippable, and if you do so, he actually WON'T recover.
- Drunk on Milk: Or on soda rather. And by that, we mean completely sloshed by soda.
- Drunken Master: He may be drunk on soda, but he's still a tough boxer.
- Early Installment Weirdness: In the arcade game he's right-handed.
- Evil Laugh: He does it more than any other challenger in the NES version.
- Frothy Mugs of Water: More like green bottle of "soda".
- Getting Crap Past the Radar: NES version + Vodka bowdlerized to Soda = kid friendliness, yet he still has win quotes suggesting that rather than on a sugar rush, he's absolutely shitfaced.
- The Giant: Standing at, 6'6", he is the tallest character in the Wii game, only just taller than the 6'5" Mr. Sandman.
- Healing Factor:
- If you let him take a drink of his soda midfight on the Wii version, he'll recover almost all of his health.
- When he gets knocked down, it only takes a single drop of soda to get him back on his feet.
- Husky Russkie: This Russian boxer is one of the biggest fighters in the series.
- Leitmotif: "The Song of the Volga Boatmen"
- Lightning Bruiser: Not only is Soda the tallest boxer in the game he throws very quick punches.
- Little "No": In the Wii version, knock him down enough times without a TKO or KO animation and he'll eventually run out of soda. His response is a little "Nyet".
- Punny Name: "Soda pop", with the stereotypical Russian name suffix -inski in his name.
- The Southpaw: His left-handeness can catch many a player off-guard.
- Soviet Superscience: Implied to be how his Title Defense soda pop was engineered.
- That Russian Squat Dance: One of his victory animations.
- Trademark Favorite Food: Soda Popinski loves soda. He can't get enough of it. Drinking a single drop can refill him with energy immediately. Also, when you punch him, you hear fizzy noises, presumably because he is somehow that full of soda.
- Turns Red: Pink, too!
Super Macho Man
Appears in: Arcade Super Punch-Out (champion), NES (champion), SNES (champion), Wii
Voiced in the Wii game by: Mike Inglehart
An egotistical Hollywood bodybuilder who is the World Circuit champ in most games. His spinning clothesline punch is his greatest and fastest attack.
- All American Face: Started out that way (sorta), but acts like a Heel in Punch-Out Wii (i.e. knocking the ref over)
- Arrogant Kung-Fu Guy: He's one of the rudest, most arrogant boxers around.
- Attention Whore: Unlike Bald Bull, he clearly relishes the attention he gets from the press. Doesn't stop him from acting like a dick towards them. During Macho Man's intro in title defense, he tries to pose under a spotlight that keeps moving away from him, which results in him stamping his feet in a tantrum. "WHY DON'T YOU LOVE ME!?"
- The Casanova: The chicks dig him. It helps he's rich.
- Cool Shades: "Oh, these sunglasses? You can't afford these sunglasses!"
- Dark-Skinned Blonde: In the Wii version, sort of. It's more than likely a tan.
- Eagleland: Flavor 2, especially in the Wii version.
- Everything's Better with Spinning: His trademark move, the Super Spin Punch, comes in two flavors. He either throws a single punch which hurts a lot, or he rears back and throws multiple punches (called the Super Macho Punch in the Wii version), each and every one of them being an instant knockdown except in the Wii versionnote . He also gains a spinning uppercut in Title Defense.
- Expy: Reportedly of pro wrestler "Superstar" Billy Graham. Also bears a resemblance to (and sounds a lot like) Hulk Hogan. His name is also probably a reference to Randy Savage, aka Macho Man.
- Hair Color Dissonance: His hair is silver-blonde. It looks gray. As a result, many people think he's older than he is (twenty-seven in the Wii version).
- Jerkass: While most of the fighters are jerks in some manner or another, Super Macho Man is in a class of his own, especially in Title Defense.
- Large Ham: Comes with the full-of-himself superstar territory.
- Nerf: Unlike Bald Bull and Mr. Sandman, Macho Man retains his category in the SNES game (he's still the champion of World Circuit), but he's still easier to defeat than in other games because his more powerful attacks (including the spin punch) are only performed after he's knocked down twice.
- Non-Idle Rich: So rich, in fact, that when you knock him out in the Wii version, dollar bills fly off him.
- Pec Flex: His trademark taunt. He steps it up in the Wii by flexing his butt at the player, too.
- Produce Pelting: In Title Defense mode on the Wii. Guess he's not so much an All American Face in that version anymore, is he?
- Smug Snake: He's definitely one of the tougher boxers in the series, but his skill is utterly dwarfed by his ego.
- Surfer Dude: He always had shades of this, but the Wii version takes it Up to Eleven: His theme is surf music, he says things like "Dude" and "BOGUS" when he misses, and announces one of his combos with "HANG TEN!"
- Totally Radical: In the Wii version, surfer slang and all.
- Younger Than They Look: He's in his mid 20's, yet apparently due to the Hollywood lifestyle and constant sun exposure, looks like he's about 50.
Appears in: Arcade Super Punch-Out, SNES, Wii
Voiced in the Wii game by: Richard Newman
A huge Canadian lumberjack that would love to give his opponents Bear Hugs
. He lives in the wilderness with all them woodland critters.
Appears in: Arcade Super Punch-Out, SNES
A kickboxer from Hong Kong who bares more than a little resemblance to Bruce Lee.
Introduced in NES Punch-Out!!
Appears in: NES, Wii
Voiced in the Wii game by: Horst Laxton
A Berliner bruiser with an obvious facial tic, probably caused by one too many blows to the head.
Appears in: NES (Minor Circuit champ), Wii
Voiced in the Wii game by: Kenji Takahashi
A boxer from Japan who promises to give Mac a "TKO from Tokyo." Holds the Minor Circuit belt in the NES game.
- Big Ol' Eyebrows: A part of his tell, too.
- Bilingual Bonus: His headband in the NES game said "Nippon ichi," which translates to "Japan's best." In the Wii game it says "Ichiban," which means "the best", likely to avoid any confusion with a different use of the phrase Nippon Ichi.
- Bowdlerize: Minor example, as the change wasn't from anything offensive — originally in the NES game he asked if the NHK camera crew was filming the match (NHK being a popular public broadcaster in Japan comparable to The BBC in the UK but more independent from the government somewhat like the United States's PBS), but likely due to trademark reasons, he says "my camera crew" in the Wii and Nintendo 3DS Virtual Console versions. In addition, his surname was changed in the Wii game from Honda to Hondo, likely due to fears of a lawsuit from the Honda motor company. However, the new surname isn't meaningless (regardless of whether the meaning was intended); see Meaningful Name below.
- Cutscene Power to the Max: Y'know that move he does in the opening of his TD match? Yeah, he never does that in the fight.
- Four Is Death: One challenge is to beat him after blocking 44 jabs, and in the NES game his Hondo Rush attack consists of four jabs.
- Gratuitous Japanese: The English translation of the first game has one of his dialogs being made up of random Japanese words. This is averted in the Wii game; despite being a studio in an English speaking part of the world (Next Level Games being located in British Columbia, Canada), dialog is spoken instead of written and only characters with English as their native language speak it, with boxers from non-English-speaking countries speaking the native language of their country. Not only does Piston Hondo speak real Japanese instead of random words, his voice actor is actually Japanese rather than an American or Canadian speaking Surprisingly Good Japanese.
- Hachimaki: Wears one around his head.
- Honor Before Reason: He bows in the middle of a boxing match! Of course, he learns his lesson and he can avoid the coming blow much faster in Title Defense mode.
- Leitmotif: "Sakura"
- Man in White: In Title Defense. However, since he's from Japan that's the same as Paint It Black.
- Meaningful Name: Hondo is an archaic name for Honshu, the main island of Japan. Considering the fact that the game in which he goes by that name depicts him as extremely polite with a huge sense of honor, it fits, especially since his hometown of Tokyo is on the southeastern part of Honshu.
- Self-Deprecation: This would definitely count for Hondo. Just think about it: Which country is Piston Hondo is from? And which country is the publisher/producer of the Punch-Out series from?
- Shout-Out: In the NES game he asks if NHK's cameras are running, NHK being a large television network in his homeland.
- Shown Their Work: He's staring at Mac when he bows, which is a very disrespectful sign in Japanese culture. He's not being honorable, he's being a dick.note
- Suspiciously Similar Substitute: Replaced Piston Hurricane, though to Hondo's credit he's at least more distinct from his predecessor than Gabby Jay is to Glass Joe.
- Rapid-Fire Fisticuffs: The Hondo Rush, and especially his TD intro.
- Training from Hell: His intro video for title defense has him in serious training. He's blocking swords with his bare hands, eating his own weight, and then some, in sushi, and running at the same speed as a bullet train.
Appears in: NES, Wii (Major Circuit champ)
Voiced in the Wii game by: Juan Amador Pulido
A flamenco dancer from Madrid, Spain, who decided to bring his show to the boxing ring. He loves to goad Mac into attacking him, and after he blocks the blow, he'll take a wild swing (sometimes calling out the name of his girlfriend Carmen). Flamenco is the Major Circuit champion in the Wii version.
- Berserk Button: When his toupee is knocked off in the Wii version.
- Combat Pragmatist: In the world circuit rematch in the NES game he will constantly force you to punch at him as he just stands there blocking until you're tired and unable to hit him back when he unloads on you.
- Dance Battler: With Flamenco as his theme.
- Dashing Hispanic: He's a Spanish bull fighter with flamboyant poses, and is popular with the ladies if his intro is any indication.
- Dodgy Toupee: To hide his premature balding
- Foreshadowing: Anyone paid close attention to his normal intro in the Wii game? Look at the way he punches the bull into orbit; that's how newbies can beat Bald Bull and his Bull Charge as well as completing a certain challenge against him.
- I Shall Taunt You: Done to trick Mac into attacking, giving him an opening for a counter of his own.
- Leitmotif: "March of the Toreadors"note from Carmen
- Marathon Boss: The second fight with him in the NES version can turn into this if the player is really unlucky.
- No Celebrities Were Harmed: He looks an awful lot like Prince Charles in the NES version.
- Nobody Touches the Hair: Cause it's a toupee.
- Prematurely Bald: His hair is receded despite being in his early 20s.
- Shout-Out: One of Don Flamenco's quotes in the NES game was "Flamenco Strikes Back! Return of Don!" Who knew he was a Star Wars fan?
- Something About a Rose: Don loves to keep a rose with him during fights. His Title Defense costume includes a black rose.
- Took a Level in Badass:
- In the NES Punch-Out!! you have to fight him twice. The first time, on the major circuit, he's almost as easy as Glass Joe despite having highly damaging punches since he's so easy to lock into extensively long combos and his blows are so easy to dodge. Then he comes back with a vengeance on the world circuit and is much, much harder to beat.
- Also managed to take a level in badass in the Wii version despite using essentially the exact same method of fighting! Of course, he is no longer restricted to the same old uppercut after blocking your punches, anymore, and can do slow uppercuts, fast uppercuts, hooks, or jabs.
- Toros y Flamenco: His name is Don Flamenco ("Don" either being a more formal version of "mister" in Spanish or, more archaically, being the Spanish equivalent of "sir," thus making him "Mr. Flamenco" or "Sir Flamenco"), and his other career is bullfighter, in which he goes about the same way as boxing, and he's probably better at the former.
- Villainous Widow's Peak: Villainous in that he's your cocky opponent anyway.
- Weaksauce Weakness: In his first encounter in the NES version, it's possible to beat Flamenco using an endless 1-2 combo of jabs to the face. His Wii incarnations have endless combos as well, even if you have to work it a bit differently.
- You Fight Like a Cow: His primary strategy is to taunt his opponent into attacking.
Appears in: NES, Wii (Minor Circuit champ)
A true island of a man, hailing from somewhere in the South Pacific (it's never stated exactly where "Hippo Island" is). Very hard to bring down, but once you do, he won't get back up.
- Attack Its Weak Point: Hippo takes great pains to guard his navel, which results in his pants being dropped revealing his star-print boxers. He even uses a manhole cover (affixed with duct tape!) to protect it in the Title Defense mode of the Wii version.
- Big Eater: Shown eating a whole island worth of fruit in his Wii intro.
- Fat Bastard: Subverted, as he doesn't taunt Mac like the other boxers. Even asking Mac to go to lunch after the bout.
- Glass Cannon: He only needs to be knocked down once.
- Gonk: He's a very strangely looking man!
- Mighty Glacier: Sure, he's slow and clumsy, but if he actually hits you, it hurts. (In the NES version, getting hit with three punches will take you down, two if they're both high-fist punches). And while he won't get up from a knockdown, he has a ton of health to make up for it.
- Parts Unknown
- Stout Strength: He's the fattest boxer in the series, along with some of the strongest punches.
- The Unintelligible: Unlike the other fighters in the Wii game, he just makes grunts.
- Wake-Up Call Boss: In the NES version he's the first boxer that can't be beaten by the standard dodge-attack strategy.
- Where The Hell Is Hippo Island?
- Wild Samoan
Mike Tyson/Mr. Dream
Appears in: NES (Dream Match)
One's a famous Real Life
boxer who is a devastating one-hit knockout fighter in the game, the other is his Head Swap
replacement with the same skills and better record.
- Badass: Mike Tyson!
- Guest Fighter: Tyson
- Lightning Bruiser: Especially in the opening, where he unleashes a flurry of lightning fast uppercuts that will knock you down in one hit.
- Nintendo Hard: Is there any better example in this series?
- One-Hit Kill: For the first 1:30 of the match, Tyson/Dream throws very fast uppercuts that knock you down in one hit.
- Parts Unknown: Dreamland for Mr. Dream.
- Ripped from the Phone Book: A popular fun fact is that the passcode for him is the same as the phone number of Nintendo Customer Service (007 373 5963).
- Scary Black Man: Mike friggin' Tyson, and at the top of his game, too.
- Shown Their Work: It's hard to prove it was intentional, but the digital Tyson is a pretty good match for the real one's fighting style. The first round is an absolute nightmare as he sends out a flurry of One-Hit-Knockdown uppercuts, but if you can survive to the third round... well he doesn't exactly become easy, but he starts to block more while resorting to weaker jabs to try and get a hit in. Indeed, the real Tyson won half of his bouts in the first round, but would get winded quickly after that and loved to hide behind his gloves.
- Suspiciously Similar Substitute:
- Mr. Dream is one for Tyson.
- Mr. Sandman fills the role in the Wii game.
Introduced in SNES Super Punch-Out!!
Appears in: SNES
Yet another weak French boxer who, along with Glass Joe (his only career win), holds the WVBA record for most career losses.
- Butt Monkey: His "trainer" is Glass Joe, a boxer with a win-loss record of 1-99. That alone is enough to qualify Gabby Jay as a Butt Monkey.
- Cheese-Eating Surrender Monkeys: His trainer was even fellow Frenchman Glass Joe, whom his only win was against.
- Determinator: "I'll never retire! I can win at least once more. C'mon!!"
- Jobber: To the point of having the exact same record as Glass Joe.
- Suspiciously Similar Substitute: Replaces Glass Joe in Super Punch-Out!!. Of course, Joe's his trainer, so it makes more sense than a Japanese boxer (Piston Hondo) replacing a Cuban boxer (Piston Hurricane).
Appears in: SNES
A Jamaican boxer with rhythm, Bob can shuck and jive past opponents and deliver a nasty helicopter punch.
Appears in: SNES
A Masked Mexican wrestler who frequently resorts to using dirty tactics in the boxing ring, such as spitting and headbutting his opponents.
Appears in: SNES, Wii
Voiced in the Wii game by: Stephen Webster
A rather unpredictable Irish fighter. In his Wii incarnation, he stands still even less, and comes back in Title Defense mode with a clearly illegal
- Ax-Crazy: Wii version. In the cutscene before the fight, he's putting horseshoes into his gloves. Then before round 2 or 3, he's seen punching himself to psyche himself up, presumably with the horseshoes still in the gloves.
- Blood Knight: Both of his between-round quotes in the first fight firmly cement this:
"Fightin's like BREATHIN', Mac!!"
"Keep hittin' me! I love it!"
- Characterization Marches On: SNES Aran Ryan: no personality to speak of. Wii Aran Ryan: complete lunatic. Not only that: He was one of the few characters in the SNES game to actually adhere to boxing rules (clinching is a legal technique). However, in the Wii game, most of the things he does in the ring are blatant violations of the rules (elbow strikes, headbutt, a WEAPON)
- Cheaters Never Prosper: Using a proper Star Punch to counter some of his cheating moves will instantly defeat him.
- Combat Pragmatist: All he has to do now is kick Little Mac in the crotch and he'll have broken every rule in the book.
- Combat Sadomasochist: He's enjoying the whole "people getting punched in the face" thing waaay too much, and it doesn't seem to matter who's being hit. Land a hit on him? Deranged laughter. Take a hit from him? Gleefully vicious leering.
- Confusion Fu: His Wii incarnation jumps all over the ring, making him hard to predict.
- Fighting Irish
- Foe Romance Subtext: "You're pretty like my sister!"
- Freudian Excuse: The Super Punch Out!! manual states that his mother demanded on the rather unusual spelling of his name, which in turn lead to him being teased and bullied at school, which in turn... Long story short, it all ends with Little Mac getting clobbered in the face with a horseshoe in a boxing glove.
- The Generic Guy: In the SNES version, his personality is nil beyond simply being Irish. This is changed in the Wii version, where he is batshit insane.
- Improvised Weapon: His boxing glove whip.
- Jerkass: Probably the most jerkish out of all the fighters apart from Super Macho Man.
- Laser-Guided Karma: If you hit him at just the right time when he's about to pull one of his dirty tricks, he'll go flying back into the ropes and automatically be knocked out. Especially satisfying in Title Defense if you nail him with a Star Punch as he's trying to get you with his whip-glove before going down.
- Lucky Seven: In the Wii game everything with him seems to go by a rule of seven. For instance, when he gets up after being knocked down, it's always on the count of seven.
- Nightmare Face: The cutscenes in between rounds end with Aran making some pretty psychotic-looking facial expressions.
- Not Cheating Unless You Get Caught: The headbutts, the elbow slams, the bouncing off the ring's ropes, the whip glove...
- Oireland: "Ye don't look Irish!"
- Produce Pelting: To which he threatens the audience with bodily harm in his Title Defense version.
- Punny Name: His first name, Aran, sounds like the name for Ireland in the Irish language. However, the Wii game, which has dialog in multiple languages, shows that his primary language is English (not surprising, since Dublin isn't part of a region of the country that predominately uses Irish). Aran Ryan also sounds like Air and Rye, which is a name for rye whiskey, a popular alcoholic drink in ireland.
- Rapid-Fire Fisticuffs: Super Punch-Out only.
- Screaming Warrior: The first time you fight him:
Aran: AAAAAAAAARRRRRRRRRRRHHHHHHH! Let's go! LET'S GO!
- Slasher Smile: During his round intermissions in Title Defense mode, he gives a pretty big one to Mac/The Player.
- Spell My Name with an "S": According to the SNES manual, his mother insisted on the unusual spelling of his name.
- The Spiny: Sort of in the Wii version. Most players will probably be used to the dodge-and-counter method of attacking. This won't work very well against Aran and he's a good way to learn how to counter-punch (meaning, striking the opponent just before they attack).
- Suspiciously Similar Substitute: Was a head swap of and had the same moves and win loss record as Pizza Pasta in Super Punch-Out. Oh what Divergent Character Evolution can do for a guy.
- Taking You with Me: When the Wii version is knocked down in Title Defense, he tries to take a wild swing at you with his loaded glove as he spins around. Also counts as a Kaizo Trap (though you retain the ability to dodge). Hit him with a star punch as he swings for a one-hit KO.
- Use Your Head: Just one of the many dirty tricks Aran will try with you in the Wii version.
Appears in: SNES
A Japanese kabuki fighter who likes to use his hair as a weapon.
Appears in: SNES
A not-so-nice Italian clown who incorporates backhand punches and juggling balls into his act. Borrows a bit of his repertoire (including an infuriating invulnerability to body blows) from Bear Hugger.
Appears in: SNES
British pretty-boy pugilist who hates being decked in the face. Guess what his weakness is?
Appears in: SNES
An old Chinese master who's seen his share of fights over the years. Never leaves home without his trusty walking stick.
Appears in: SNES
An appropriately-named champion-level boxer in the Special Circuit. His only career loss has come at the hands of his brother, Nick.
- Affably Evil: He's a lot more talkative than Nick, and he actually smiles.
- Bald of Evil
- Boisterous Bruiser: Rick is wry and cheerful, in stark contrast to his mute sibling.
- Counter Attack: After a super punch, he'll lean back, then throw a jab.
- Evil Albino: Rick shares the same build as his brother, but his skin is ashen.
- Evil Laugh
- Graceful Loser: In the credits, he's shown to be in high spirits and taking his loss quite well. On the other hand, he does claim that his only previous loss (to his brother) was because he "let him win."
- Ground Pound: His Earthquaker punch. It shakes the ring for a moment, preventing Mac from moving, and it's a One-Hit KO on top of that. The only way to avoid it is to dodge just before he lands.
- The Paralyzer: He can disable one of your arms for 10 seconds, preventing you from blocking or punching with that arm.
- Parts Unknown
- Polar Opposite Twins: With Nick. Brash, aggressive and egotistical, but also accepts losing to Little Mac in the end.
- Red Oni
Appears in: SNES (champion)
Rick's older brother. Speaks a lot less, and hits a lot
harder. Rules over the WVBA with a pair of iron fists.
- Bald of Evil
- Blue Oni
- Lightning Bruiser
- Made of Iron: Every opponent in Super Punch-Out has a state where they drift around the ring in a dizzied trance; unlike any other character, Nick will actually recover from this state.note
- Now It's My Turn: After letting himself get attacked.
- The Paralyzer: Also has it. Unlike Rick, he will do this to both your arms. And even losing use of one prevents you from comboing him after a stun.
- Parts Unknown
- Polar Opposite Twins: With Rick. Quiet, quick and calculating. He's never lost before Mac beat him, so he's having a hard time accepting it.
- The Quiet One
- Rapid-Fire Fisticuffs: Unlike Piston Hurricane's and Aran Ryan's versions, it is not advised that you try to block the entire move, since Nick's is capable of doing damage when blocked (and is the only move aside from your super punches able to do this.)
- Stronger Sibling: Rick is harder to beat though, being a much better boxer.
- True Final Boss
Introduced in Wii Punch-Out!!
Appears in: Wii
Voiced by: Donny Lucas
A native New Yorker who appears to be stuck in the '70s when it comes to fashion. Groovy!
- Afro Asskicker: In his Title Defense look.
- Ambiguously Gay: Possibly ratcheted up Camp Gay due to the over-the-top nature of his Title Defense incarnation.
"I am fab-u-lous!"
- Calling Your Attacks: "Here it comes!"
- Dance Battler: Title Defense Disco grows an afro and has apparently started training with "Boxercise" tapes, and incorporates jumping jacks into his routine. He is also a better dancer than he is a boxer. While he is 2nd in the Minor League, he has a whole shelf of trophies from dance contests.
- Dark-Skinned Blonde
- Disco Dan
- Everything's Funkier with Disco
- Expy: Somewhat resembles a black and blonde Richard Simmons in Title Defense.
- Fun Personified: One of the most energetic fighters, almost constantly smiling. And even when he seems to momentarily loose his groove, he just finds a new way to get his groove back. Disco doesn't stay depressed for long!
- I Hit You, You Hit the Ground: "I have a three step program for you; I punch you, you fall down, I win!"
- Nice Guy: Unlike most of the other boxers in the series, Disco is an overall nice guy and doesn't seem to hold anything against Mac, even in Title Defense.
- Rapid-Fire Fisticuffs: His Disco Flurry in Title Defense.
- Screams Like a Little Girl: Adds to the Ambiguously Gay issue
- In normal mode, he does the Carlton Banks dance(tm) when you get knocked down.
- His TD victory animation is a fairly obvious shoutout to Flashdance
- Suspiciously Similar Substitute: Takes the place of Kid Quick, and the disc data still refers to him as such.
- One of the between-rounds quotes from Doc Louis in Title Defense mode even includes the line "This kid is quick!"
- Turns Red: Sorta. As the battle progresses and he starts nearing a TKO, his attacks come out faster than usual.
- Twinkle Smile: Sock him in his pearly whites to get a star.
Star of the Donkey Kong
game series, the ape serves as the True Final Boss
of Punch-Out Wii.
- Boisterous Bruiser
- Brought to You by the Letter "S": The DK on his tie and boxing gloves.
- Chekhov's Gunman: He could be seen in the audience.◊
- Guest Fighter: He's the first video game character in the series that originated from another.
- Mighty Glacier: He's big and strong, and very difficult as well.
- Mundane Utility: Inverted. Those boxing gloves he wears were originally used for baseball. (In Mario Superstar Baseball and Mario Super Sluggers)
- Mythology Gag: Appearing in the audience in the Wii version is likely a reference to his appearances as an audience member in the arcade titles (along with the Super Mario Bros.), as stated above. He's no stranger to fighting in a boxing ring, either, since that was where the final boss fight of Donkey Kong 64 was staged.
- Smug Super: After all, he is one of Nintendo's most famous icons, and on top of that, his match-up with Mac amounts to a giant gorilla versus a 17 year old. As such, he has a knack for taunting Mac at any opportunity, from slicking his hair to blowing a kiss to the audience, right down to babytalking you.
- True Final Boss: Since they couldn't get Mike Tyson to fill the role (as if Mr. Sandman wasn't enough of a replacement), they put this fighter in instead. It worked. Quite well.
Introduced in Arm Wrestling
Appears in: Arm Wrestling
A burly man in a ten-gallon hat.
Appears in: Arm Wrestling
A traditionally attired sumo wrestler.
Alice & Ape III
Appeared in: Arm Wrestling
A little girl who entered her robotic companion in the competition.
Appears in: Arm Wrestling (champion)
A large artificial human who is the final challenger.