Top 10 Punch-Out Characters that are the Biggest Stereotypes
The Top Ten
British - Is an immensely narcissistic, insufferably smug and presumably letterman-jacket-wearing pretty-boy ivy-leaguer douche-nozzle who prefaces matches with the exact quote "I will never let you touch my beautiful, beautiful face" and will go absolutely BERSERK if Mac disobeys said quote (before immediately proceeding to squeal like a little girl when Mac knocks him down, naturally); also, he dances around the ring like a bona-fide Brit-pop star when in his "calm" mode and is revealed to have a startlingly thick cockney accent (that he even shares with his trainer, no less) in the game's closing credits
French - Is a complete coward across all versions (most notably in the NES original when he very inelegantly begs Little Mac to let him "take a nap before the fight", and also to a slightly lesser extent in the Wii version when he wears straight-up training headgear into his Title Defense rematch), literally gets the CROISSANTS knocked right out of him when defeated in the Wii version, is pretty much tied with Gabby Jay (also French) as THE worst boxer on the planet, yells out "VIVA LA FRANCE" like it's no one's business, has theme music that sounds like it was ripped straight out of Disney-Pixar's Ratatouille, et cetera
Basically half of my friends...
Canadian - Is evidently fat as a blimp and lives on a diet gigantically consisting of eggs, bacon, pancakes and maple syrup; also trains with wild woodland creatures, has a MASSIVE lumberjack beard complete with pine-tree-shaped chest hair, and rather frequently asks if Mac "needs a hug" while fighting him in the Wii version; naturally, his name is also a pun on "tree hugger"
Biggest and most inflated sterotype.
Russian - Even though E-rating censorship laws have rather severely altered Popinski (formerly Vodka Drunkenski) to the point of making him no longer actually drink alcohol, the point still stands; he's basically a soda-powered, enormous-mustached and similarly hyper-muscled/brutish wannabe of Ivan Drago from Rocky IV, particularly in Title Defense (and yeah, he still fights as if he is perpetually drunk off his butt as well)
I voted because his face looks like the cross between a donkey and an ape and then fell 3 floors out of a window.
So mad I can't beat him
Chinese - Is named after Jackie Chan AND modeled after Bruce Lee, tries to jump-kick you at least once every ten seconds or so, fights in an extremely stereotypical karate style complete with classic Bruce Lee kiai noises, and worst of all, has an ugly triangular horse-face with comically oversized buck teeth
Californian Celebrity Bodybuilder - Does ridiculously egotistical body flexes and treats his matches like a great big show (of which he is EXTREMELY blatantly the heel, despite the fact that he ironically views himself as the face) in all versions, is a complete muscle-headed idiot who only cares about his own personal fame and fortune, incorporates his own personal exercise routines into his fighting style (as well as grinning from ear to ear like a deranged stoner whenever Mac stun-locks him) in the SNES version, speaks in quintessential surfer slang (as well as bragging about his fancy sunglasses) in the Wii version, looks roughly 23-28 years older than he actually is due to ultraviolet ray overexposure, says he "works harder on his tan than he will on you" in the NES version, et cetera
Indian - My first wish to him would be to have his mustache, and my second wish would probably be to have his magic carpet (with the third being his fashion sense)
Irish - Previously completely characterless in the SNES version, he now dances around the ring like a demented leprechaun during fights, is utterly sadomasochistic beyond belief, speaks in one of the game's most extremely over-the-top accents by far, has complete and utter disregard for the law, and most importantly uses his "luck of the Irish" to get away with public cheating of such an outrageous magnitude that it's quite the wonder how he ISN'T permanently banned from the WVBA leagues
Isn't Nintendo Japanese? It ain't stereotypes, this is culturally appropriate for being made in Japan
Japanese - His eyebrows are almost half the size of his entire forehead; he eats so much sushi that you can even knock it right out of him, talks like someone straight out of an anime, has his eyes permanently formed into the infamous slant shapes, performs dramatic bows "of honor" during matches, wears a kamikaze headband during fights, et cetera
Asian Crossdresser: See "Americans Hate Tingle" for more info on the matter
African American - Is an extremely arrogant worldwide boxing champion who becomes deeply enraged by Little Mac's (the white man's) luckily successful attempts to overthrow his insanely iron-fisted rule over the WVBA league.
He also is a painstakingly blatant hyper-muscled cross-knockoff of Mike Tyson, Muhammad Ali and Joe Frazier and has a central boxing gimmick of punching his opponents so brutally hard that it quite literally "puts them to sleep"
To make matters even worse, the Wii version also gives him an EXTREMELY deep voice and has him sounding like a creepy old child molester almost half the time as well
German - Is a rather excessively militaristic man who ironically spends his entire first match in the Wii version crying about his PTSD over being beaten up by his own kindergarten students, then suddenly drops his previous act in exchange for shaving his hair into a buzz cut and going absolutely BONKERS in Title Defense; his once-again hilariously over-the-top accent, along with his incredibly large mustache, just makes it all the more amusing (also, he makes gun sound effects when throwing punches in Title Defense mode, so take note of that too)
Italian guy, And his name is Pizza Pasta.
Does anything really need to be said?
Turkish - Honestly, there's not a whole lot that really SCREAMS "stereotype" about this guy when relating him to Turkey itself, but he IS a horrifically ugly skin-head with weird facial hair who roars like an animal during fights and is lethally violent-tempered towards other people to the point of it making him seem like an actual rampaging bull (on steroids, no less)
The real Marley would be ashamed
African American: Fat Albert with a chocolate fetish. Nothing more really needs to be said here.
Spanish - Is a largely self-proclaimed "ladies' man" who incorporates matador dance moves from his former bullfighting career into his fighting style in a way that is so hilariously cheesy that it actually has to be seen to be believed; he can be effectively French-slapped to death in both the NES and Wii versions, though he is actually shockingly challenging in the latter version if you don't know the new "secret codes" for the French-slapping trick. In his first match on NES, however, he's actually even easier to beat than Glass Joe.
Also rather surprisingly, his initial loss to Mac somewhat deflates his ego and causes him to take his career WAY more seriously in the rematch in both the NES and Wii versions alike (in the Wii version's case, a big part of it is also him going emo over the loss of his girlfriend)
Mexican - A former luchador wrestler who is now an amazingly clumsy and predictable boxer that relies on brute strength (attempting to headbutt you) and cheating (also attempting to spit blinding mist into your eyes) rather than actual skill; remember, it's not cheating unless he gets caught
Italian - Apart from being an obvious reskin of Bear Hugger (as well as quite possibly the exact same person in disguise), he is a colossally fat Italian who decided to turn to boxing as his official career choice when opera singing and (ironically) being a stage clown didn't quite work out for him
African-American Dance Instructor: For lack of a better way to describe him, he's a black and blonde Richard Simmons who is STILL horribly stuck in the seventies, right down to the cringe-inducingly campy and flamboyant mannerisms
Chinese Karate Elder - Is at least 78 years old but is such an undeniable master of martial arts that he is still allowed in the boxing ring anyway, despite the fact that he looks like an East Asian Yoda and has attacks that consist almost entirely of wooden staff strikes, palm thrusts and kicks
Unknown - Doesn't actually come from any real country, but gives off a rather unsettlingly strong Hawaiian vibe to say the least
He is the main character BOi