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Rated at ???
Nationality ???
First appearance Punch-Out!! (1984)
Boxing record
Rank Challenger
Champion of the World
Total fights Depends on player
Wins Depends on player
Wins by KO Depends on player
Losses Depends on player
Draws Depends on player
No contests Depends on player

The Challenger is the player's character in both arcade Punch-Out!! and Super Punch-Out!! He does not have an official name, instead being named by the player. As this character, the player battles several opponents to become the WVBA champion. This green-haired character is noticeably different in appearance from Little Mac.

Based on appearances (primarily hair color), this character is possibly the same one used in Arm Wrestling.


Punch-Out!! (1984)[]

When the begins playing the game, they are given a chance to name the character using a total of three initials. Then, they start by fighting Glass Joe, then Piston Hurricane, all the way to Mr. Sandman. After beating him, the player becomes the champion, and the game loops again until they lose the match.

Super Punch-Out!! (1984)[]

In Super Punch Out!!, the same premise from its predecessor applies. The Challenger faces the same opponents in the same loop. However, when doing a rematch against an opponent, a bandage on their right eye will now appear, representing the wounds they sustained.

Arm Wrestling (1985)[]

As indicated by the game's name, the player must arm wrestle against several opponents. First, the player has to earn points to gain power until they can pull their opponent's arm over for the win. Although the game doesn't refer to the layer character as "The Challenger," it is very likely he is the same person, both having green hair and a similar face shape.


  • In Frank Bruno's Boxing for the Commodore 64, an unofficial port of Super Punch-Out!!, the portrait for the game's final boxer Peter Perfect has similar facial features to The Challenger.
  • The Challenger's portrait in Punch-Out!! was originally going to have yellow hair in the same exact hairstyle seen in Super Punch-Out!!. However, the final version is more true to his in-game sprite.
    • It is possible that the unused blonde-haired Challenger was recolored and reused in Super Punch-Out!!.
  • The tip "Little Mac's origins" from Super Smash Bros. for Wii U and this interview with Sakurai both indicate that the Challenger is actually Little Mac.
    • However, all of Little Mac's trophies in the Super Smash Bros. series say that he originated from Punch-Out!! for the Nintendo Entertainment System.
    • In Arm Wrestling, the challenger wears a black suit as the only known clothing. This could have been the inspiration for Mac's trademark shirt.

Rule infractions[]

As per the unified rules of boxing established by the Association of Boxing Commissions and Combat Sports:

· Challenger can punch Super Macho Man's back side of his head after doing his spin attack. This is not allowed, as a attack to the back side of the head would cause brain injury.

Challenger has 1 infraction.


Punch-Out!! characters
Punch-Out!! (1984) Challenger · Glass Joe · Piston Hurricane · Bald Bull · Kid Quick · Pizza Pasta · Mr. Sandman
Super Punch-Out!! (1985) Challenger · Bear Hugger · Dragon Chan · Vodka Drunkenski · Great Tiger · Super Macho Man
Arm Wrestling Challenger · Texas Mac · Kabuki · Mask X · Alice & Ape III · Frank Jr.
Punch-Out!! (1987) Little Mac · Doc Louis · Glass Joe · Von Kaiser · Piston Honda · Don Flamenco · King Hippo · Great Tiger · Bald Bull · Soda Popinski · Mr. Sandman · Super Macho Man · Mike Tyson/Mr. Dream
Super Punch-Out!! (1994) Little Mac · Gabby Jay · Bear Hugger · Piston Hurricane · Bald Bull · Bob Charlie · Dragon Chan · Masked Muscle · Mr. Sandman · Aran Ryan · Heike Kagero · Mad Clown · Super Macho Man · Narcis Prince · Hoy Quarlow · Rick Bruiser · Nick Bruiser
Punch-Out!! (2009) Little Mac · Doc Louis · Glass Joe · Von Kaiser · Disco Kid · King Hippo · Piston Hondo · Bear Hugger · Great Tiger · Don Flamenco · Aran Ryan · Soda Popinski · Bald Bull · Super Macho Man · Mr. Sandman · Donkey Kong