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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!! is named by the player (to a maximum of 3 initials). As this character, you battle 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 you begin playing the game, you are given a chance to name your character a total of three initials. Then, you 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 you lose the match.

Super Punch-Out!! (1984)[]

In Super Punch Out!!, the same applies with the fighting, where the games loops. The difference is that doing a rematch against a boxer, a bandage about his right eye would appear, representing the wounds he sustained.

Arm Wrestling (1985)[]

In the game Arm Wrestling, you must - well, arm wrestle. First you have to earn points to gain power until you can pull your opponent's arm over for the win. Although the game doesn't refer to your player character as "The Challenger", it is very likely he is the same person, both having green hair and a similar face shapes.


  • In the unofficial port of Super Punch-Out!!, Frank Bruno's Boxing for the Commodore 64, the portrait for the game's final boxer Peter Perfect has the same (or at similar facial feature(s)) as 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 says 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.


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