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List of Punch-Out!! characters

''This list features all the characters from the Punch-Out!! series (excluding Arm Wrestling) and is listed in order from the characters first appearance in the series.

Glass Joe

Glass Joe first appeared as the first opponent in the arcade game Punch-Out!! in 1984. He next appeared in the Nintendo Entertainment System game Mike Tyson's Punch-Out!! (later known as Punch-Out!! Featuring Mr. Dream) in 1987; once again as the first opponent in the minor circuit. Glass Joe made other appearances in the pages of the Nintendo Comics System, in the story of "The First Fight", against Little Mac and he makes two cameo appearances in the cartoon series Captain N: The Game Master, in the stories "The Happy Zone" and "Videolympics". Glass Joe has also appeared as a Hasbro Action Figure, in a Topps trading card series and was last mentioned training boxer Gabby Jay in the Super Nintendo game Super Punch-Out!!.

Glass Joe has poor offensive and defensive skills and is one of the weakest characters in the Punch-Out!! series. This is consistent with his name, which is a pun on the phrase "glass jaw," indicating a boxer with a weak jaw who can easily be knocked out . He is also known as 'France's Glass Jaw' . The theme music played for Glass Joe is taken from "La Marseillaise", the national anthem of France.


Piston Hurricane

Piston Hurricane first appeared as the second opponent in the 1984 Punch-Out!! arcade game. He later appeared as the first ranked competitor in the minor circuit for the 1994 Super Punch-Out!! game for the SNES,. The SNES version features a slightly different appearance; he no longer has an afro and lost , but his mediocre boxing skills have stayed quite similar to the Punch-Out!! arcade game. Piston Hurricane has similarities to later Mike Tyson's Punch-Out!! boxer Piston Honda in both name and fighting style.


Bald Bull

Bald Bull has made the most video game appearances of any of the Punch-Out!! boxers. Hailing from Istanbul, Turkey, Bald Bull first appeared as the third opponent in the 1984 arcade game Punch-Out!! and then went on to two appearances in the NES game Mike Tyson's Punch-Out!! in 1987; in which Little Mac first encounters Bald Bull as the Major Circuit Champion and then later on as the #3 ranked competitor in the WVBA World Circuit. Bald Bull makes another comeback on the 1994 SNES game Super Punch-Out!! as the Minor Circuit Champion. Bald Bull makes cameo appearance as Mask X in the 1985 arcade game Arm Wrestling. Bald Bull has also appeared as a Hasbro Action Figure and in a Topps trading card series and is generally regarded as one of the most iconic characters of the series, appearing on various Punch-Out!! merchandise and most recently making a cameo return in WarioWare: Smooth Moves for the Wii.

Bald Bull's taunting quotes in between rounds of Mike Tyson's Punch-Out!! include several references to Doc Louis, indicating a rivalry between the two.


Kid Quick

Kid Quick only appears in the 1984 Punch-Out!! arcade game as the fourth opponent. He is very fast in both offense and defense.


Pizza Pasta

Pizza Pasta, like Kid Quick, only appears in the 1984 Punch-Out!! arcade game. His first and last names are references to Italian food and his Italian ethnicity.. In competition he notabley hugs his opponent before throwing a very powerful uppercut.

Mr. Sandman

Mr. Sandman has made several video game appearances; his first was in 1984 as the WVBA World Champion and final competitor in the original Punch-Out!!. He next appeared in 1987's Mike Tyson's Punch-Out!! as the #1 ranked competitor in the World Circuit, and appears again in 1994 in Super Punch-Out!! for the Super NES as the Major Circuit Champion. Mr. Sandman has also appeared in a Topps trading card series.

In his first two appearances, Mr. Sandman's fighting style is arguably the most novel in the games. He possesses great defence and a vast array of jabs, hooks, and uppercuts, with unique timing.

Bear Hugger

Bear Hugger first appeared in the Super Punch-Out!! arcade game in 1985 as the Canadian Champion and returns in the the 1994 SNES version of Super Punch-out!! as the 2nd ranked boxer in the minor circuit. Bear Hugger has similarities to later Mike Tyson's Punch-Out!! boxer King Hippo in both size and fighting style.


Dragon Chan

Dragon Chan is a Chinese boxer who first appeared in the Super Punch-Out!! arcade game in 1985 as the Champion of Hong Kong and returns in the the 1994 SNES version of Super Punch-out!! as the 2nd ranked boxer in the major circuit. His physical appearance appears to be modeled after Bruce Lee, while his name is a possible reference to Jackie Chan. Against what would be normal boxing rules, Dragon Chan employs a swinging kick as one of his signature maneuvers. During fights he also regains strength through meditation.


Soda Popinski / Vodka Drunkinski

Soda Popinski (Russian: СоДа Попинский) first appeared as the "Champion of the USSR" in the 1984 arcade game Super Punch-Out!!; although back then he was formally known under the name of Vodka Drunkenski (Russian: Водка Дрункенский). He was renamed "Soda Popinski" to avoid a drunken Russian stereotype and to keep the game "family-friendly". He also appeared in Mike Tyson's Punch-Out!! for the NES in 1987 with a memorable pink skin colouring and manaical laugh.

Soda uses a trotting jab, hard hitting uppercuts and employs a great defense; in doing so he can be challenging for novice competitors. The theme music played for Soda Popinski is a quote from "The Volga Boatmen's Song", a Russian folk song. Soda is featured on the internet more than most other characters, often in parody websites such as I-Mockery He also inspired the name of a garage band and his image can be fund on retro Punch-Out!! T-shirts.


Great Tiger

Great Tiger first appeared in the arcade as the "Champion of India" in the 1984 game Super Punch-Out!!. He then appeared in the 1987 Nintendo Entertainment System game Mike Tyson's Punch-Out!!, as the #1 ranked competitor in the Major Circuit. Great Tiger has also appeared as a Hasbro Action Figure and in a Topps trading card series.

His signature move is the 'Tiger Punch' in which he seemingly uses mystical powers to teleport, flying around the ring in circles hitting his opponent a barrage of quick jabs. The music played for Great Tiger (also used for Von Kaiser and Super Macho Man) is an excerpt from the classical composition "Ride of the Valkyries".


Super Macho Man

Super Macho Man has made multiple video game appearances; his first appearance was as the WVBA World Champ in the arcade version of Super Punch-Out!! in 1984. He returned in the 1987 NES game Mike Tyson's Punch-Out!! in which he was World Circuit Champion (Super Macho Man was also the final boxer in the Japan-only, limited-edition, Famicom gold cartridge release simply called Punch-Out!!). His most recent appearance was as champion of the World Circuit in 1994's Super Punch-Out!! for the Super Nintendo Entertainment System in 1994. Super Macho Man was also featured as a Hasbro action figure, in a Topps trading card series and in Valiant Comics Nintendo Comics System, appearing in the story "Fox and Hounds".

He is a stereotypical bodybuilder, taunting Little Mac by flexing his pectoral muscles in Mike Tyson's Punch-Out!!, and incorporating his exercise routines into his powerful attacks in the SNES Super Punch-Out!!. The music played for Super Macho Man (also used for Von Kaiser and Great Tiger) is a quote from the classical composition "Ride of the Valkyries".


Little Mac

Little Mac is the playable protagonist in the 1987 NES version (initially called Mike Tyson's Punch-Out!!, then later re-released as simply "Punch-Out!!" or "Punch-Out!! featuring Mr. Dream"). The SNES version of Super Punch-Out!! features a blond-haired boxer named by the player. Fight Night: Round 2, a game developed by Electronic Arts for the Nintendo GameCube, claims that this character is "Little Mac" (or simply "Mac" according to the boxers he wears), but as the Fight Night series was not made or released by Nintendo, this is not considered canon; however, Nintendo has not confirmed whether or not that this is the remake of the original Little Mac.

The diminutive Little Mac is known for his jumping uppercut called the "Star Uppercut". He is described as being 17 year old, 4"8, ., and hailing from the Bronx, New York. He is interested in getting into the World Video Boxing Association, which has a long history of rookie boxers joining the ranks in an effort to become world champions. He traveled New York in hopes of searching for someone that could train him. He met 200 different trainers and was rejected 200 times. It was not until he met Jerome "Doc" Louis, who was a former heavyweight champion in his own right, that he began his journey to the top of the Boxing circuit (1990). Nintendo Comics System Vol. 1, No. 1 & 2. Valiant Comics.. . Doc gives Little Mac advice between rounds and trains mac (who wears a pink jogging suit) biking and jogging along the East River in New York City.

Little Mac was also featured as the protagonist in the Punch-Out!! stories featured in Valiant Comics' Nintendo Comics System, appearing in the stories "The First Fight", "Outsiders", and "Fox and Hounds". He also makes a cameo in the prologue short of the Captain N comic books, suggesting that his stories are canonical to the Captain N continuity, although he never showed up in any of the actual Captain N stories. He can also be found as a Hasbro Action Figure, as an Applause action figure, in a Topps trading card series and on various parody internet sites such as X-Entertainment in the featured article Little Mac's Diary. In other appearances outside of the Punch-Out!! video game series, Little Mac has appeared in the Wii title, WarioWare: Smooth Moves in one of the micro-games based on NES Punch-Out!!. (He is voiced by Hisao Egawa) .


Doc Louis

Doc Louis is a fictional character from Nintendo Punch-Out!! series of video games. Doc made his only video game appearance on the Nintendo Entertainment System's 1987 game Mike Tyson's Punch-Out!!. Doc did not appear as an active boxer, but as Little Mac's corner man and trainer. Doc is an old, hard-hitting pro from the 1950s who gives Little Mac hints between rounds and trains Mac biking along the Hudson River in New York City. . Doc can also heal Mac between rounds, if a player selects to do so. Doc Louis appears on many pieces of Punch-Out!! merchandise and was honored on Flipside Sports Century's website


Von Kaiser

Von Kaiser made his only appearance on the 1987 Nintendo Entertainment System game Mike Tyson's Punch-Out!! as Little Mac's second opponent in the minor circuit. Von Kaiser is a moustachiod German ring veteran, who was a boxing teacher at the military academy known as the 'German Steel Machine'. Kaiser's skills however, provide a novice challenge for Little Mac. At the start of the fight, the theme music played for Von Kaiser (also used for Super Macho Man) is a quote from the classical composition "Ride of the Valkyries". Kaiser was also featured as a Hasbro action figure and in a Topps trading card series.


Piston Honda

Piston Honda made two appearances on the 1987 Nintendo Entertainment System game Mike Tyson's Punch-Out!!, first as the Minor Circuit Champion, and later as Little Mac's first opponent in the World Circuit. Piston Honda has also appeared as a Hasbro Action Figure and in a Topps trading card series. Honda also appears in the pages of the Nintendo Comics System in a story called "Outsiders" where, despite his fearsome demeanor in the game, he is shown to be an altruist who is a boxer to raise money to build hospitals and schools in poor parts of the country.

The theme music played for Piston Honda is a quote from "Sakura", a Japanese folk song. Honda makes reference in between rounds to NHK TV, quotes random Japanese and his frowning profile picture is very similar to those found on samurai in typical Japanese Ukiyo-e wood carvings. Piston Honda's name and trademark Banzai Rush attack are reminiscent of 'Piston Hurricane' from the earlier Punch-Out!! arcade game and later Super Punch-Out!! Super Nintendo game.


Don Flamenco

Don Flamenco appeared twice in the 1987 Nintendo Entertainment System game Mike Tyson's Punch-Out!!, first as the initial competitor in the Major Circuit and later as the much more difficult #2 ranked opponent in the World Circuit. Don Flamenco has also appeared in a Topps trading card series.

In the Major Circuit, Flamenco tauntingly persuades Mac into punching him while throwing uppercuts; during this first fight, Flamenco is known for being one of the easiest fighters to defeat . At the start of his fights, Flamenco dances with a rose in his mouth to the overture from the Spanish opera, Carmen. Also in between rounds, Flamenco can be seen making reference to the Star Wars trilogy and trying to win favour with the referee Mario by complimenting him on his hair.


King Hippo

King Hippo first appeared on the 1987 Nintendo Entertainment System game Mike Tyson's Punch-Out!!, as the second competitor in the Major Circuit and the first competitor in the hidden "Another World Circuit". According to Nintendo's Punch-Out! game Manual, Hippo is apparently a tropical chief who has a secret weak point (which, when found, can lead to embarrassment for the obese boxer) . The unusual King Hippo is the only character that does not have a palette swap (He does, however, resemble Bear Hugger and Mad Clown from the other Punch-Out!! series games).

King Hippo also gained fame on the NBC Saturday morning cartoon Captain N: The Game Master, which ran 34 episodes from 1989 until 1991. In the cartoon Hippo starred as one of Mother Brain's main henchmen. He appears with blue skin, and was often paired in a comedic duo with Kid Icarus enemy Eggplant Wizard. He was voiced by Gary Chalk. King Hippo also appeared in the comic books based on the Captain N series, as a Hasbro Action Figure, as an Applause action figure, and in a Topps trading card series.


Mike Tyson

Mike Tyson makes his video game debut in Mike Tyson's Punch-Out!! on the Nintendo Entertainment System as the final opponent of the game, whom Little Mac faces in the Dream Fight at the end. Based entirely on the real Mike Tyson, who was the undefeated, undisputed Heavyweight Champion of the World at the time of the games release; which is reflected in the game play as Tyson can be an extremely difficult challenge for even experienced video gamers.

Tyson helped make the game one of the most popular on the NES and was an early example of a video game endorsed by a professional athlete though his involvement in the game, and in the advertisements for it. In 1990, Tyson was removed from the re-release (titled Punch-Out!!) of the game because his contract expired. He was essentially replaced with a recoloured sprite with a new face named Mr. Dream. Since Tyson had lost the title to James "Buster" Douglas by that point, Nintendo made no attempt to negotiate a new contract with him. Mike Tyson was #10. on Electronic Gaming Monthly's top ten best video game bosses list.


Mr. Dream

Mr. Dream makes his appearance in a re-release of Mike Tyson's Punch-Out!! on the Nintendo Entertainment System as well as the release of Punch-Out!! on Virtual Console for the Wii, known this time as Punch-Out! Featuring Mr. Dream!!. Mr. Dream replaces Mike Tyson as the final opponent of the game, whom Little Mac faces in the Dream Fight at the end. Contrary to popular belief, Tyson was not removed because of his rape conviction (which did not occur until a year after the changeover), but because his contract expired. Since he had lost the title to James "Buster" Douglas by that point, Nintendo made no attempt to negotiate a new contract with him.

Mr. Dream fights in exactly the same manner as Tyson in Mike Tyson's Punch-Out!!. He is essentially the same character with a new face and recolored sprite.

Gabby Jay

Gabby Jay made his only appearance in the 1994 SNES version of Super Punch-Out!!, as the first boxer in the Minor Circuit.

Gabby Jay is the weakest opponent in the game. According to the SNES instruction booklet his only win was against his trainer, Glass Joe; and he often utilizes his mentor's 'Taunt-Punch' during his matches.


Bob Charlie

Bob Charlie made his only appearance in the 1994 SNES version of Super Punch-Out!!, as the first boxer in the Major Circuit. His Rastafarian look and name are very likely references to the reggae legend, Bob Marley.

Masked Muscle

Masked Muscle made his only appearance in the SNES version of Super Punch-Out!!, as the third boxer in the Major Circuit. He wears a mask appears to be a Mexican luchador, as well as a boxer. Masked Muscle is known to cheat during his fights by spitting in the eyes of his opponent and often uses headbutts.


Aran Ryan

Aran Ryan made his only appearance in the SNES version of Super Punch-Out!!, as the first boxer in the World Circuit. Aran Ryan utilizes a hugging technique similar to earlier Punch-Out!! arcade boxer Pizza Pasta.


Heike Kagero

Heike Kagero made his only appearance in the SNES version of Super Punch-Out!!, as the second boxer in the World Circuit. He is a vain Japanese kabuki as well as a standard bishōnen. During his fights Kagero sometimes swings his long hair against his opponent and also uses his "mirage dance"; an attack similar to the Great Tiger's "Tiger Punch".


Mad Clown

Mad Clown made his only appearance in the SNES version of Super Punch-Out!!, as the third boxer in the World Circuit. He is an Italian clown-like boxer. Mad Clown is a juggler and throws juggling balls at his opponent. His appearance is similar to that of fellow boxer, Bear Hugger.


Narcis Prince

Narcis Prince made his only appearance in the SNES version of Super Punch-Out!! as the first boxer in the Special Circuit. He is a vain British ivy-leaguer whose name would seem to be a play on the word narcissist and hates being punched in the face.


Hoy Quarlow

Hoy Quarlow made his only appearance in the SNES version of Super Punch-Out!!, as the second boxer in the Special Circuit. He is a deceptive elderly Chinese man, as well as the oldest boxer in the Punch-Out!! series. Hoy Quarlow attacks mostly with a wooden cane and like Dragon Chan, Hoy Quarlow also utilizes Kung-Fu and kick-boxing. He is often regarded as one of the more challenging opponents to defeat.


Rick Bruiser

Rick Bruiser made his only appearance in the SNES version of Super Punch-Out!!, as the third boxer in the Special Circuit. He is the younger Bruiser brother, but no less monstrous in appearance. His only loss came at the hands of his less talkative older brother, Nick Bruiser.


Nick Bruiser

Nick Bruiser made his only appearance in the SNES version of Super Punch-Out!!, as the final boxer in the Special Circuit. He is the older, quieter and more difficult of the two Bruiser brothers. Nick Bruiser is the Special Circuit Champion and the final boxer in the SNES game.

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