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|Rated at||132 lbs. (60 kg)|
|Height||5' 11" (1.8 m)|
|First appearance||Super Punch-Out!! (1985)|
|Rank||Champion of India1|
#1 Major Circuit2, 3
#7 Another World Circuit2
|Wins by KO||3|
Great Tiger (グレート・タイガー Gurēto Taigā) made his first appearance in the arcade as the 'Champion of India' in the 1984 game Super Punch-Out!! as well as the #1 contender for the WVBA Championship. Next he showed up on 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.
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". Unlike the other opponents that have theme music, the music is played at the beginning of the second and third round when he runs to the ring center and not the first.
He returned in Punch-Out!! for the Wii where he was once again the #1 of Major Circuit.
Super Punch-Out!! (1984)
|Rank||Champion of India|
In the arcade version of Super Punch-Out!!, his sprites are altered versions of Piston Hurricane's Punch-Out!! arcade sprites. His signature move involves him stepping away from his opponent, shouting "C'mon!! C'mon!!" like Glass Joe, Piston Hurricane, and Bald Bull did, moving left and right at high-speed, and then stepping toward his opponent to do a punching move similar to Piston Hurricane's signature move. When he is knocked down, he will do four uppercuts, all of which can hurt the player very badly.
Mike Tyson's Punch-Out!!/Punch-Out!! Featuring Mr. Dream (1987 & 1990)
|Rated at||132 lbs. (60 kg)|
|From||Bombay, India, 1958|
|Rank||#1 Major Circuit, #7 Another World Circuit|
|Wins by KO||3|
In Mike Tyson's Punch-Out!!, his signature move (now called the Tiger (Magic) Punch) is different compared to how he does it in the Super Punch-Out!! arcade. In this game, his Tiger (Magic) Punch seemingly uses powers to teleport flying around the ring in circles hitting Mac with a barrage of quick jabs. After executing the maneuver he is unable to move due to the dizziness from his flying for several seconds, which allows the player to knock him down with one punch to the face regardless of how much health Great Tiger has up to that point. He is a very telegraphed foe as the ruby in his turban will glow every time he is going to use a jab. Mac will get a star if he punches Tiger when his turban blinks, and while he's charging for an uppercut.
His body is a palette swap of Von Kaiser's. In this game, Doc Louis mentions the source of Great Tiger's magic being that his father was an established magician in India.
Left Jab: Great Tiger's ruby flashes, then he throws a left jab. Can be countered with a jab. Dodging the jab cannot result in a stun, but blocking can.
Uppercut: Great Tiger crouches, then throws an uppercut. Can be dodged, ducked or countered with a body blow on the side he is on.
Tiger (Magic) Punch: Great Tiger will go backwards, then disappear. When he reappears, he will spin around and do five jabs while spinning. These jabs must be blocked. Any jabs that hit Little Mac will not count towards that five. When all five are blocked, Great Tiger will be vulnerable to a punch in the face.
Instant Knockdown: Block all Tiger (Magic) Punches, then hit Great Tiger with a jab or uppercut.
|Rated at||132 lbs. (60 kg)|
|Rank||#1 Major Circuit|
|Wins by KO||3|
Great Tiger makes an appearance in the Wii title Punch-Out!! and again uses magic to attack. He is ranked #1 in the Major Circuit. Most of his attacks involve teleportation and illusions, but he also retains his ordinary uppercut. The ruby on his turban will always glow before he throws a quick jab at Mac, and a star can be gained if the player punches the ruby while it's glowing yellow. If a punch is thrown when his ruby flashes red, Great Tiger will teleport to dodge the punch, and then try to counter. He still uses his Tiger Punch, now called the Rushing Magic Attack. It's very different to its earlier incarnations, as he only sends out one illusion of himself and it can't hurt Mac. Instead, it acts as a distraction to the real Tiger's punch. He can also be hit (either jab or hook) once between his punches which does damage, although if he is punched a second time before he punches again, he will vanish to do one of his uppercuts.
He is voiced by Sumit Seru, who speaks Hindi. Occasionally during intermissions, Great Tiger and Doc Louis will swap corners of the ring, confusing the latter very much. When Doc Louis tells Little Mac advice, provided that he and Great Tiger didn't swap corners, Great Tiger will vanish.
Doc tells you that his uppercut is tricky, the tricky part is that you have to dodge on the side where he charges his uppercut. The attack he throws in which he starts on the left of Little Mac has a delay, while the attack in which he starts on Little Mac's right does not.
- Jab him when his jewel flashes yellow.
- Counter either of his uppercuts.
- Jab: He says "Daeen se!", Great Tiger's turban jewel blinks gold or red, and then he throws a quick jab. It can be dodged or ducked for a four-punch stun (blocking results in no stun), or intercepted if his turban blinks gold for a star. Attempting to intercept the attack when his turban blinks red results in Great Tiger disappearing, then throwing a quick uppercut.
- Left Uppercut: Great Tiger crouches to his left and throws a quick uppercut. Dodge to the right to avoid it, or intercept it with a right hook for a star.
- Delayed Right Uppercut: This attack is very similar to Great Tiger's first uppercut, except he crouches to the other side and delays the punch for a second. Dodge to the left to avoid it when he finishes saying "Ahhh...", or counter the attack with a left hook.
- Rushing Magic Attack: Great Tiger's Contender signature move. He teleports to the back of the ring and makes a transparent clone of himself. Both he and his clone stand in opposite corners of the ring, then switch places up to 5 times. After they stop switching places, one of the two Tigers' turbans will blink which signifies they are about to rush forward and attack. The transparent clone will not do damage, so you do not need to dodge his attack; you only need to focus on the real, solid Tiger. Like his uppercuts, you must dodge to the side the attack is coming from in order to avoid it. You can also hook the solid Tiger right before he hits you for an instant knockdown; this is necessary to unlock the three-punch TKO challenge.
- His Jab (if dodged or ducked): 4
- His Uppercuts: 6
- Rushing Magic Attack: 8
Infinite: After dodging the Rushing Magic Attack, stun him, and after the stun ends, immediately punch him. The timing for hitting him infinitely is strict.
- Dodge all previous attacks to the Rushing Magic Attack, and when he does the Rushing Magic Attack, counter it with a hook for an immediate knockdown.
- Dodge all ordinary attacks then counter the Rushing Magic Attack again for another knockdown.
- Counter the Rushing Magic Attack again to end the match.
|Rated at||132 lbs. (60 kg)|
|Rank||Challenger (#2 Major Circuit)|
|Wins by KO||3|
Great Tiger returns as an opponent in Title Defense to challenge Mac once again. His clothes have been changed from yellow to white this time and his turban is slightly bigger. His attack scheme is now color-coded, as the jewel on his turban will flash different colors depending on which attack is coming up next. This is because ever since Great Tiger lost to Little Mac, he has been training and honing his magical prowess in the forests, the ocean, and eventually the arctic. This training apparently has helped him learn how to duplicate more clones than he could in his Contender appearance. He uses the same punches as he did when Mac fought him the first time along with some new ones, except his Mirage Dance creates multiple illusory copies that move at such high speeds that it is nearly impossible to determine which Great Tiger is real. During his mirage dance, he attacks multiple times (3 - 5 depending on how many times he has been knocked down) and (illegally) spins around as a last attack. If you duck the spin, Great Tiger will get dizzy and won't be able to move, allowing for punches to be landed. He sometimes does a combo attack alternating punches (called the Blinking Jewel Combo). He stands back and his jewel flashes several times (up to four) which indicates what he will do in the attack. Before the first knockdown, his jewel flashes two times (green or blue). After the 1st knockdown, his jewel flashes three times and includes his overhead attack. After the second knockdown, his jewel flashes four times. If you throw a punch after dodging a punch, he will throw the next one quickly. If you manage to throw a punch after dodging all the punches, the last one will yield a star. It's possible to get more than 1 star and/or stun him during his Blinking Jewel Combo, but the timing is strict.
The player will have to take care not to let the fight last too long because for every knockdown, Great Tiger gets more vicious, and his attacks are executed faster. It's best to try to win the match early using the Instant KO trick.
- Jab him when he moves his right arm during his jab. Might not work after his 1st knockdown, in which case...
- Jab him as he reappears after disappearing during his normal jab after his first knockdown. The timing is just slightly delayed from the normal counter before his 1st knockdown.
- After his jewel flashes blue, deal a right hook for a star. Vice-versa for green flashes. Does not work after the first knockdown.
- Counter his Tiger Smash attack with a jab. Might not work after 2nd knockdown... in which case...
- Jab him as he reappears after disappearing during his Tiger Smash after his second knockdown. The timing is just slightly delayed from the normal counter before his second knockdown.
- After every attack in his blinking jewel combo, hit him. Land all hits for a star.
- Jab: The same jab as the one he uses in Contender, except slower and a little stronger. Great Tiger's turban does not flash yellow at all during this attack, unlike in Contender; it only blinks red.
- Left Uppercut: A faster version of his Contender left uppercut. Tiger's turban blinks blue before this attack.
- Delayed Right Uppercut: A faster, though still delayed, version of his Contender right uppercut. Tiger's turban blinks green before this attack.
- Earclap: Great Tiger does a powerful, two-handed smash similar to the Bear Hug. Like the Bear Hug, it must be ducked to be avoided. Tiger's turban blinks white before this attack.
- Blinking Jewel Combo: Great Tiger floats back, and his turban blinks two to four times. The color and order of the flashes shows which attacks he will do, in which order. He will use two attacks before his first knockdown, three before his second knockdown, and four afterwards. All of his attacks after his first one will not be delayed and must be dodged quickly. The player can also hit Great Tiger after each hit, and if they succeed in doing so on every hit, will earn a star.
- Mirage Dance: Great Tiger's ultimate move. He will teleport back to the back of the ring and shout "Aakraman!" while his clones fly around the ring. He will then send pairs of clones at the player - one solid, one transparent. Like in the Rushing Magic attack, the player must dodge toward the side the real one is on, or intercept the real one. However, the clones move quickly, and the timing is strict, which isn't helped by the circle of clones flying around the ring during the attack. Great Tiger sends between three and five pairs of clones during the attack, depending on the number of times he's been knocked down - three before his first, four before his second, and five after his second. If the player survives, Great Tiger will spin toward them with a spinning punch, which the player must duck to avoid. If the spin attack is avoided, Great Tiger will be stunned. The number of punches the player can land depends on the number of clones the player avoided during the attack - two punches per each clone avoided, plus another two for avoiding the spin.
Instant KD Trick: During the Mirage Dance, dodge all of the clones, duck the spin, and use any Star Punch to knock him down.
Instant KO trick: During the Mirage Dance, intercept all of the clones, duck the spin, and use any Star Punch to knock him out. There is a really easy way to utilize this trick early on in the fight, as the first Mirage Dance always has the same 3-clone combo: Left, Right, Left.
Glitch: There are two known glitches that can happen when Great Tiger's Blinking Jewel Combo ends with an ear clap:
- Countering the ear clap at the end with a jab will reward Little Mac with two stars at once (one comes from the counter, and the other is from dodging every other attack and hitting him afterwards.
- Landing a hook after dodging the attack before an ear clap, then using a Star Punch which knocks him down immediately after will result in Great Tiger becoming invisible until he does his next attack.
- His Jab: 3
- His Uppercuts: 5
- His Earclap: 5
- Blinking Jewel Combo: 5 for the first one evaded, 3 more for every subsequent one evaded.
- Mirage Dance: 2 hits for every attack evaded
- Jewel Flashes :
- Green: Delayed Right Uppercut
- Blue: Left Uppercut
- White: Overhead Attack (similar to Bear Hugger's Bear Hug)
- Red: Jab (one jab from either hand)
Order of Blinking Jewel Combo patterns:
Before 1st knockdown: blue, then green
After 1st knockdown: blue, then green, then white
After 2nd knockdown: blue, green, white, white
The pattern of the Blinking Jewel Combo varies from the amount of punches you've thrown (not landed), and how many knockdowns he has taken.
- Win the fight and evade EVERY Rushing Magic Attack!
- TKO or KO Great Tiger only using right jabs!
- TKO Great Tiger... in only 3 punches!!!
- Find the one-punch knockdown weak spot!
- Defeat Great Tiger and evade EVERY Blinking Jewel Combo!
- Put Great Tiger down... win the fight in Round 1!
(Title Defense Hint: It's possible to do all challenges at once. Counterpunch the two Jabs and Left Uppercut for 3 Stars, use the Three-Star Punch right away, counterpunch the Right Uppercut for another Star, dodge the Left Uppercut, land 4 hits, wait for him to start the Mirage Dance, intercept the three clones, duck the Spin, and use the Star Punch to achieve all three challenges at once (even though he never used a Blinking Jewel Combo).
Punch-Out!! featuring Mr. Dream (NES):
- "A kitten is no match for a tiger."
- "Beware my tiger punch!"
- "I have purred long enough. Now hear me roar!"
- "So a pussycat wants to fight a tiger!
- मैं हूं शेर सिंह। (Main hoon Sher Singh.) "I am Great Tiger." [Literal translation: "I am Tiger King."] (Contender intro)
- अभी मैं वहां। (Abhee main vahaan.) "Here I am." (Contender interval)
- तुम्हारा ध्यान जरा सा टूटा, और मैं ग़ायब। (Tumhaara dhyaan jara sa toota, aur main gaayab.) "If you lose your focus, I will disappear.” [Literal translation: "Lose your focus even a bit, and I'm gone.”] (Contender interval)
- अपनी ताकत से तुझे आज मिटा दूंगा।(Apanee taakat se tujhe aaj mita doonga.) "I will defeat you with my strength." (Contender pre-round animation)
- दाईं ओर से! (Daeen se!) "From the right!" (before his quick jab)
- ओह, मैं कहाँ हूँ? (Oha, maiṁ kahāɱ hūɱ?) "Ohh, where am I?" (when recovering from a knockdown)
- हा हा हा हा हा हा! हा हा हा हा हा हा! अब मेरे पैरों की धूल चाट! हा हा हा हा हा हा! हा हा हा हा हा हा! (Ha ha ha ha ha ha! Ha ha ha ha ha ha! Ab mere pairon kee dhool chaat! Ha ha ha ha ha ha! Ha ha ha ha ha ha!) "Ha ha ha ha ha ha! Ha ha ha ha ha ha! Eat my dust! Ha ha ha ha ha ha! Ha ha ha ha ha ha!" [Literal translation: "Ha ha ha ha ha ha! Ha ha ha ha ha ha! Now lick the dust of my feet! Ha ha ha ha ha ha! Ha ha ha ha ha ha!"] (After knocking Mac down)
- तेरा ध्यान कहां है? (Tera dhyaan kahan hai?) "Where's your attention?" (Before his Rushing Magic Attack in Contender mode)
- यह क्या?! (Yah kya?!) "What's this?!" (When missing his Rushing Magic Attack in Contender mode)
- चलो दर! (Chalo dar!) "Let's go!" (When he begins his Mirage Dance in Title Defense mode)
- आक्रमण! (Aakraman!) "Attack!" (When he attacks with his clones while doing the Mirage Dance in Title Defense Mode)
- शेर की पकार। (Sher kee pakaar.) "Tiger's grasp." (When he performs his earclap)
- तेरा मनपसंद रंग कौन सा है? (Tera manapasand rang kaun sa hai?) "What is your favourite color?" (blinking jewel combo)
- तेरी याददाश्त तो तेज है ना? (Teree yaadadaasht to tej hai na?) "I hope your memory is good!" [Literal translation: "Is your memory sharp?"] (blinking jewel combo)
- Great Tiger talks with his clones before the next round. This quote includes multiple characters, so it will be split into two sections; the untranslated quote and the translated one.
- Clone: "फिर उसे मैंने बहुत मारा." ("phir use mainne bahut maara.")
- Great Tiger: "काम पर जाने का वकत आ गया." ("kaam par jaane ka vakt aa gaya.")
- Great Tiger: "अब तुझे देखता हूँ!" ("ab tujhe dekhata hoon!")
- Clone: "And then I beat him up!"
- Great Tiger: "Time to get back to work!"
- Great Tiger: "Now I'll show you!"
- "हा हा हा! इस बचे को बोलो की अपनी माँ का दूध पिके आई! (Ha ha ha! Is bache ko bolo ki apni maa ka dudh peeke ayee!) "Ha ha ha! Tell this kid to go drink his mother's milk and then come back!" (Title Defense intermission)
- "हुह! तुम सिर्फ एक बच्चे हो, तुम एक बाघ से भी नहीं लड़ सकते. (Huh! Tum sirph ek bachche ho; tum ek baagh se bhee nahin lad sakate!) "Huh! You're just a kid; you can't even fight a tiger!" (Title Defense intermission)
- "अया, मर रहा हूँ!" (aya mar raha hoon) "Aya, I'm dying!" (After being hit with a Star Punch)
- "फंस गया..." (phans gaya) "Trapped..." (After missing a left uppercut)
- "अरे, कहाँ गया?" (are, kahaan gaya) "Hey, where did you go?" (After missing his earclap)
- "एक, दो, एक, दो, एक, दो, एक, दो! हा हा हा हा!" (Ek, do, ek, do, ek, do, ek, do! Ha ha ha ha!) "One, two, one, two, one, two, one, two! Ha ha ha ha!" (When he wins in Title Defense Mode)
Doc Louis Tips
- "Hey, son! Keep your eyes on the prize! Watch that blinking jewel!"
- "You can't hit smoke, Mac. Stop the real deal!"
- "Be brave, Mac. Don't let the ghosts fool you!!!"
- "Where am I? I can't even find my chocolate bar! I must be in the wrong corner!" (Great Tiger has switched with Doc Louis)
- "Hey, son. Great Tiger's uppercuts are tricky. You gotta be careful the way you dodge."
- "This cat can really move, Mac! Hit Great Tiger so hard that he loses his stripes!"
- "You know what time it is. Time to put an end to Great Tiger's magic show!"
- "Alright, kid. Great Tiger's an amazing magician. Make this sucka spin himself dizzy, then punch his lights out!"
- "You know what they say, Mac. Every cat has its day. Let's make this suckas day."
- "Alright, son. Great Tiger's jewel can blink all kinds of colors. You gotta figure out his tricks, then show him some magic of your own."
As per the unified rules of boxing established by the Association of Boxing Commissions and Combat Sports:
- His trousers go below his knees, making it more difficult to discern low blows.
- He tucks his pants into his boots.
- His moustache is too long for it to be approvable in boxing.
- He can leave the ring during corner breaks, which is not allowed.
- While there are no rules covering the use of magic due to its questionable existence in real life, his teleportation, floating and clone techniques would be illegal due to stalling potential and tag-teaming. This would give him four infractions: his teleportation and his tag-team with three clones, respectively.
- His gem on his turban counts as a illegal accessory, and unlike the turban itself, there is no religious protection as it isn't normally a part of the turban.
- This counts as a double infraction, as he uses it during the match which counts as the use of a foreign object.
- When his gem flashes in a white color in Title Defense he does a punch-clap to his opponent. This is not legal in boxing, as only attacks with the front of the fist are allowed.
- Speaking of which, since boxers face each other, flashing lights coming from one of the competitors like that aren't allowed due to potential disruption.
- The last hit of the Mirage Dance in Title Defense involves him spinning, hitting Little Mac with the sides of his hands; which is illegal.
- When he spins he also reveals his back. This counts as throwing the match and therefore is illegal unless you're down for the count.
While his turban would count as headgear which is normally illegal, it's known as a religious hairpiece which makes it legal.
Great Tiger has 14 infractions.
- Great Tiger is one of only two boxers in the series shown to be using magic, the other being Heike Kagero.
- In his first appearance in the arcade Super Punch-Out!!, Great Tiger wears shorts like most other boxers. However, being a palette swap of Von Kaiser in Mike Tyson's Punch-Out!!, he wears tights, a look that he would retain in Punch-Out!! for the Wii.
- If you throw a star punch at Great Tiger after a few successful strikes without stunning him, you will whiff later times.
- One of his Exhibition challenges tells the player to defeat Great Tiger with right jabs. In Indian culture, the left hand is considered unclean and presenting it, friendly or otherwise, is very offensive.
- The names "Bombay" and "Mumbai" both refer to the same city in India because the city's English name was changed sometime after Mike Tyson's Punch-Out!! was released.
- In the Wii version of Punch-Out!!, Great Tiger is one opponent who may try to get up, but goes back down sometimes.
- The music played in Exhibition Mode while fighting Great Tiger was performed and edited by Daler Mehndi, a highly successful Punjabi artist most known for "Tunak Tunak Tun", which became an internet meme starting in 2006.
- In Punch Out!! Wii, Great Tiger is one of two boxers whose KO/TKO animation is slightly different from his Contender fight (he remains on the mat after falling in Contender, but vanishes right when he hits it in Title Defense). The other is Bear Hugger.
- The last image in Great Tiger's Title Defense bio hints at how his jewel works - each colored Great Tiger is using a similar pose to the attack he uses when his jewel flashes that color.
- Great Tiger has the lowest ratio of wins by KO to wins by decision (3 KO, 21 by decision).
- In Punch Out!! Wii, Great Tiger sometimes switches places with Doc Louis during the intermission.
- Great Tiger is the only boxer in the Wii version of Punch Out!! who is both in the same circuit and holds the same ranking as he did in the NES version.
- Great Tiger's Title Defense's outfit's pants resemble a Bengal Tiger's color, an endangered species of tiger in India with a unique white color.
- Great Tiger is one of the few characters featured in the live-action promos for Punch-Out!! (Wii), alongside Little Mac, Doc Louis, King Hippo, and Piston Hondo. He is shown being an up-and-coming rapper.
- Great Tiger wears a turban in the ring. This does not count as illegal head covering, as it could be argued it is a religious headpiece.