Fun with stereotypes: starring Punch-Out!!

Aran Ryan

The Irish: Are uncontrollable, rage-filled brawlers that cheat to win, love to fight and have no choice but to wear four-leaf clovers somewhere on their person. Because they’re Irish. Get it?

Aran Ryan was fairly sedate in Super Punch-Out!!, only occasionally cheating with some questionable moves like holds and a headbutts. The Wii version though… wow. He’s all over the place, barely standing still because he’s just so Irish, spouting off in his thick accent and getting all up in your shit. Oh, and of course he has red hair.

Above: “Fightin’s like breathin’, Mac!” 

Tasteful Irish trivia: You’ve probably heard of the Blarney Stone, a world-famous Irish attraction kissed by some 300,000 people a year. No one knows exactly how long visitors have been dangling to smooch the underside of the rock, but we do know the word “Blarney” came from Queen Elizabeth I. Much more here. 

Great Tiger

Indians: Still use the old-style flying carpets despite years of modern flying carpet technology, live in structures that have to look like the Taj Mahal and, because Westerners don’t know dick about India, wear turbans that grant them magical powers.

Great Tiger teleports all around the ring like an over caffeinated Jafar, and plays up in the mystical side of Indian culture so much we’re surprised they didn’t work in a snake charmer joke in there somewhere. Tiger was MIA for Super Punch-Out!!, so this is his first appearance in the series since 1987.

Above: What endangered species list? 

Tasteful Indian trivia: India accounts for a large percentage of the world’s Bengal tiger population, which is likely the reason for Great Tiger’s name. Bengal tigers are the world’s largest land-based carnivore. Take that, stupid lions! 

Don Flamenco

Spaniards: Are expert bull fighters, always have a rose in hand and are utterly obsessed with their good looks.

Don Flamenco, as the name suggests, always begins a fight with a quick dance. His bit has always been goading Little Mac into throwing the first punch, showing off his cocky, confrontational spirit. He also continues the stereotype shared with Street Fighter II’s Vega that Spaniards obsess over their appearance.

Above: Only the finest scents touch this proud skin 

GR’s resident Spaniard, Mikel Reparaz, knows a thing or two about his Spanish heritage, and had this to say:

“Don Flamenco is just the latest example of a stereotype Spaniards have struggled against for centuries – namely that we’re all fiery-blooded, severe-nosed flamenco dancer/matadors who trill every “R” and clench roses between our teeth at every opportunity. Nothing could be farther from the truth. In reality, we are friendly, mildly overbearing louts who talk way too fast and center our lives around eating food that would terrify most Americans.”

Above: Don using his gloves like Spanish-standard castanets 

Above: Knock his toupee off and he becomes enraged 

Tasteful Spanish trivia: The word “flamenco” is thought to come from Flemish soldiers of long-ago Spain/Belgium territories. They were “renowned for their self-confidence, style and ostentatious pride.” Read up on the Don’s dance here. 

See, wasn’t that fun? We’re all friends now.

May 20, 2009

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  • Vulneratus - December 20, 2010 4:52 p.m.

    Pretty sure the polar bear is the biggest land predator dude
  • linkganon - January 8, 2010 9:54 p.m.

    i noticed a few things like they may stereotype male teenagers as being confused (probabally) because little mac (age 17) is wearing pink sweats and hoodie whenever he is running. then they say retired boxers/coaches love chocolate bars and obsess about them. yes, i think the joke about bald bull is that he looks like a giant dick (the coach keeps implying that by saying something about he should have brought his sunglasses because the light shining from his head is hurting them. next they possibly stereotype steroid users as always being ticked off at everything. shows when the sandman rises after being knocked down. also when you press minus on the controller watch the coach, he eats his chocolate bar and for some reason you regain health.
  • gatornation1254 - May 24, 2009 5:32 p.m.

    Wow wat a great article. I think von Kaiser is the best of the best of the best sir though. reCaptha: mimicked award
  • zerolegends - May 23, 2009 3:06 a.m.

    oops stereotypes
  • Schuultz - May 22, 2009 8:26 p.m.

    It's interesting to see that the Japanese developer preferred to portray the militaristic German from the period when Japan fought Germany (WW1) instead of the period when they were allied... PS: Seriously reCAPTCHA? Klansman?
  • FierceDeity - May 21, 2009 8:31 p.m.

    wow suprised there isnt an english stereotype in there somewhere lol and also YOUR WRONG! polar bears are the largest land based carnivore not bengal tigers. plus siberian tigers are way bigger than bengals.
  • FistfulofPelican - May 21, 2009 7:46 a.m.

    I'm pretty sure Disco Kid was meant to be a gay stereotype. And what was Bald Bull anyway?
  • Rasy2kG - May 21, 2009 3:29 a.m.

    lol, I dig the Super Macho Man gif
  • Peefree - May 21, 2009 3:13 a.m.

    The Canadian one is pretty damn accurate.
  • NipplesTheSuperHippo - May 21, 2009 2:37 a.m.

    No joke, this was one of the funniest thing I have ever come across. Just enough inside jokes to Tdar with a lot of originality thrown in + Stereotypical Nintendo come together quite nicely for this. I lolz at you sir, I lolz.
  • Turbobison - May 20, 2009 10:40 p.m.

    I heard that Donkey Kong is a fighter in this game. PLEASE tell me that's true.
  • Koouunn - May 20, 2009 10:17 p.m.

    nice article
  • GamesRadarHankMotherFuckingGilbert - May 20, 2009 10:03 p.m.

    Is it just me, or does the pic of Glass Joe in front of the Eiffel Tower look kinda like Brett? I mean the jaw line and hair look kinda similar, at least in comparison with Brett's little pic at the top of the page.
  • Cyberninja - May 20, 2009 8:55 p.m.

    keep making good stuff like this love punch out first i think
  • lukel127 - June 30, 2009 6:05 p.m.

    Super Macho Man is 27. LIES!
  • Hakusato - May 26, 2009 10:38 a.m.

    For some reason I want a Scottish or Swedish stereotype in there, y'know, just to cover all the bases. Also, BORK BORK BORK I love the Irish guy.
  • zerolegends - May 23, 2009 3:04 a.m.

    Yay for steriotypes
  • NEzraF - May 22, 2009 11:34 a.m.

    I spat out my maple syrup when I read the Canadian one.
  • Japanaman - May 22, 2009 2:17 a.m.

    Man, I love these stories. You don't find articles like these in magazines. I'd love to join a site like GamesRader someday and really discuss gaming pop culture, not just write previews and reviews.
  • NorwegianKingOfNames - May 21, 2009 6:20 p.m.

    Why, when I first read the title of this article, did I think Chris Antista was behind this... Though, Brett's right; sterotypes will never get old and I hope to see GR uncover the hidden racism behind seemingly innocent games for years to come.

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