YMMV / Punch-Out!!

  • Acceptable Targets:
  • Alternative Character Interpretation:
  • Anti-Climax Boss: In general, knowing the Instant-Win Condition of each boxer can turn That One Boss into this instead.
    • Contender Sandman is significantly easier to deal with when you realize that most of his moves can be counterpunched with a hook. Demonstrated here. Title Defense Sandman improves a bit, thanks to his new lightning-fast winking uppercuts; even then, you can still counter his Dreamland Express to easily land a star punch and instantly knock him down. His Berserker Rage is also not very threatening, since he uses the same pattern every time.
    • Both the minor and major league champions have abusable weaknesses as well. Counterpunching or star punching King Hippo's That One Attack, or realizing that he can never get back up after a knockdown makes him pretty trivial. Likewise, Don Flamenco isn't much of a major league champion if you know how to infinite combo him.
    • TD Bald Bull is significantly easier to deal with once you memorize his attack pattern, save up at least two stars, and avoid getting hit for the first 90 seconds of the match. Countering his Bull Charge and winding up the resulting three-star punch will let you bypass the rest of the match.
    • TD Great Tiger and TD Aran Ryan also have easy instant-KO moves that can let you beat them in the first round.
  • Awesome Music:
  • Breather Boss:
    • 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. Super Macho Man is sometimes considered a Breather Boss 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.
    • 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.
    • 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 Difficulty Spike in 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.
  • Crazy Awesome: Aran Ryan in the Wii is nuts, and has moves that are blatant cheating, and the fans felt it made him one of the most memorable boxers in the game.
  • Draco in Leather Pants: Take a look in DeviantArt and see Aran Ryan (Yes, that one) turn from "Complete Lunatic" into "Irish Hottie".
  • Ear Worm: Aran Ryan's intro theme, popularly looped in YouTube Poop.
  • Ensemble Darkhorse:
    • Punching bag Glass Joe has strangely endeared himself to the fanbase.
    • Soda Popinski is fairly popular as well thanks to his odd case of Bowdlerization.
    • Aran Ryan's insane characterization in the Wii version quickly earned him a lot fans.
    • Super Macho Man thanks to his hilarious rich and famous asshole characterization and memetic lines.
  • Fanon Discontinuity: 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. For some fans, this has been partially rectified with the Super NES recolor for Little Mac in Super Smash Bros., which made the two playable boxers easier to associate with each other in their eyes, but not all.
  • Flip-Flop of God: Some say Glass Joe's one win was a fluke against Nick Bruiser (impossible, as Nick Bruiser is undefeated). Some, citing the top time in Super Punch-Out, say it was Rick Bruiser (although that falls apart, given that Rick's only loss was against his brother Nick). Nintendo has not clarified anything yet. Another theory states that his one win was against Gabby Jay, and that Gabby Jay returned the favor, hence why they both have 1-99 records.
  • Goddamned Boss: Donkey Kong in the Wii version. His style of fighting is similar to Don Flamenco's, where he taunts you, dodges your attack, and then follows up with an attack of his own. However, with him it's not one attack, but several—up to five in a row—before you can counter punch. And here's the kicker: if you fail to dodge even one of these attacks, you only get a few counter punches, which won't be enough to damage him. While he's not considered the hardest opponent in the game, he's certainly one of the most annoying due to how he tends to run down the clock with his style.
  • Good Bad Bugs: 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.
  • Harsher in Hindsight: The Wii game was rereleased on the Wii U eShop immediately after a surprise announcement that Club Nintendo would be shutting down in mid-2015, and that no newly-released titles effective starting the rerelease week of Punch-Out!! Wii would be eligible for registration. Kind of makes the order to "join Club Nintendo today, Mac" feel like the game's mocking you, huh?
  • Heartwarming in Hindsight: One of the things Doc Louis says in Doc Louis's Punch Out!! is, "Thanks for joining Club Nintendo, Mac!" Originally, it was simply congratulatory. With the game returning as part of Club Nintendo's closing sale, however, it can be seen as Nintendo thanking you for registering with and using Club Nintendo as a final farewell.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight:
  • Ho Yay:
    • 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.
  • It's the Same, Now It Sucks: 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. It's even mistakenly called a remake quite often.
  • Jerkass Woobie: It's not hard to view Super Macho Man in Title Defense this way. It's clear how frustrated and bitter he is over losing all his fans to Little Mac and doesn't seem to have any fans of his own anymore, while being booed and subjected to Produce Pelting throughout the fight. Sure he's still a cocky asshole, but it's not hard to see him as sympathetic.
  • Love to Hate: Most of the characters have something about them meant to piss you off slightly, be it bad ethnic stereotyping or some other obnoxious personality quirk. This is probably to make it more satisfying when you beat their faces in.
  • Memetic Loser: Who's an even bigger loser than Glass Joe? The guy whom Glass Joe got his one and only win against. The Official Nintendo Magazine states that it was Nick Bruiser, in a freak accident. Ouch.
  • Memetic Mutation:
    • "Nigga stole my bike!", based on the scene where Mac trains by running through the city while Louis is riding away on a bike.
    • 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!", which turned into a popular meme among players who were expecting for tips from Doc Louis about Mac's opponents. There's also "Join the Nintendo Fun- I mean, Club Nintendo today, Mac!"
    • "What's your favorite flower, son? Mine's chocolate!", which mutated into every single question being answered the same way.
    • The odd way Doc Louis says "A LION!"
    • Super Macho Man's "Release the— bogus!", the result of his "Release the Beast!" being dodged. Alternatively, "Release the— dude!"
    • "I'll take Tyson!" Thanks to NintendoCapriSun.
    • "Wo bist du denn? MAMI!!" According to the Punch Out wiki, this translates to "Where are you?" Mommy!" This comes from von Kaiser when he cowers.
  • "SALZAAAAAAAAH!" Explanation 
  • Memetic Molester:
    • Mr. Sandman. Especially in the Wii version.
    Mr. Sandman: Hey Mac Baby! Brush your teeth? *leans in* It's bed time...
    • Donkey Kong, given how he "kidnaps" Mac if the player loses the match, and his facial expression is... unsettling.
  • Mexicans Love Speedy Gonzales: It's a testament to how good the character writing is that, while Punch Out Wii has stereotypical characters, they are beloved by fans in their countries of origin (like Super Macho Man, for American audiences) for being portrayed stereotypically, yet Played for Laughs. It also helps that the Canadian devs and the Japanese publisher of the game also took a jab at themselves with Bear Hugger and Piston Hondo respectively.
  • Mondegreen: No, Bald Bull is not yelling "Allah ackbar" when he throws his right hook; a tasteless joke like that would never fly with Nintendo anyway. When he winds up he yells "Ah lan!" (basically, "Take this!"), and when the hook is dodged he says "Ach be!" (basically, "Oh, no!").
  • Most Wonderful Sound: Any of the Fight Won themes, particularly if it's Bald Bull's or Mr. Sandman's versions.
  • Nightmare Fuel:
    • Mr. Sandman in the Wii version. Also, Aran Ryan and Bald Bull get downright creepy close-up face shots among other things.
    • You can see your defeated opponents' reactions after beating them in Contender and Total Defense mode. Contender Sandman gives one of the most terrifying death glares ever seen.
    • Title Defense Sandman's reaction to seeing a poster of Little Mac is to angrily punch down an entire building.
    • In the Wii version, Great Tiger's special K.O. animation has him Teleport Spam before passing out. In Title Defense, at the end he disappears and doesn't come back.
    • While most of the opponents in the NES game have cartoonish character portraits, Mike Tyson is the only real-life character. Because of this, his character portrait is a digitized image of his actual face. Aside from the intense Uncanny Valley feel of it, his eyes are black hollows with tiny white pupils. Something about this combined with the missing teeth in his smile makes him look ironically... inhuman
  • Older Than They Think: Those who never played the arcade games might think that Bear Hugger is a parody of Zangief. In reality, Bear Hugger first appeared in the arcade Super Punch-Out, the better part of a decade before Zangief was created.
  • Replacement Scrappy: 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.
  • SNK Boss: Nothing, repeat, NOTHING, could have possibly prepared you for the ass kicking that is Iron Mike. Except for said ass kicking.
  • Spiritual Licensee: Stereotypes aside, these are the best Rocky games ever made.
  • Surprise Difficulty: You wouldn't expect Glass Joe to put up a fight, but once you get to Title Defense...
  • Tear Jerker: Doc Louis wandering through Little Mac's exhibit in the ending cutscene of the Wii version.
  • That One Attack:
    • Mike Tyson's Dynamite punch/Mr. Dream's Dream Maker in the original definitely counts. For the first ninety seconds in the first round, if they happen to connect with these rapid punches, you're knocked down no matter what. Super Macho Man's lariat punches count too for the same reasons. Like Tyson, it is a One-Hit KO attack that requires a lot of rapid dodging to avoid it.
    • For new players, King Hippo's double side smash and Bear Hugger's Bear Hug can serve as a wake-up call, since it does so much damage early on in the game. Great Tiger's uppercuts are also this, since they're the first instance where you must dodge the right direction to avoid them.
  • That One Boss:
    • 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 One-Hit Kill), 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 Family Guy 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.
    • Bear Hugger is notable in that he's one of the few boxers to not follow a specific pattern after the first knockdown. This makes him extremely difficult to read and anticipate his fakes. For the TD version, considering that the best way to do damage to him requires that you counterpunch his moves, not being prepared for his fakes only serves to aggravate the issue.
    • 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.
  • Uncanny Valley: The Super Punch-Out protagonist's appearance in Fight Night Round 2. Just look.
  • Unfortunate Implications: Gaijin Goomba explains why it's averted with the national portrayals of Punch Out Wii characters here; he observed that the stereotypes were used to add character to the opponents instead of reinforcing negative stereotype, causing player to find them endearing rather than offensive.
  • The Woobie: The Wii version makes you feel sorry for Glass Joe and Von Kaiser (Glass Joe especially). Look at your 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 perhaps use a smoke... And if you felt bad for Von Kaiser before, look at the mess he's become in the Title Defence review and his woobism goes through the roof.
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