Don Flamenco from Mike Tyson’s Punch-Out!!

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Don Flamenco in Mike Tyson’s Punch-Out!! Image credit: http://punchout.wikia.com/wiki/Don_Flamenco

 

Don Flamenco is known for being the fighter that players can knock out the fastest in Mike Tyson’s Punch Out!! (see video below). He is a Spanish fighter who enters the ring with a rose in his mouth, dancing to the opera Carmen. His effeminacy and references to his hair lead some to read him as implicitly gay.  One reviewer of the game Cho Aniki references the gay undertones of his character, for example. Still, there is no explicit representation of his sexuality and the implicit evidence is a little too implicit to move him out of the “rumored” category.

LGBTQ References in this game:

Don Flamenco

Citations:

  1. Don Flamenco. (n.d.). Retrieved from http://punchout.wikia.com/wiki/Don_Flamenco
  2. Frute Brute. (2006, July 30). Top 20 Gayest Video Game Characters- Honorable Mentions and Ones We Missed #3. GayGamer.Net. http://www.ign.com/articles/2008/09/09/cho-aniki-review
  3. HalDanGhor. (2007, June 1). Don Flamenco Defeated in 34 Seconds!! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sUGHvwXG5K8
  4. List of Punch-Out!! Characters. (n.d.) Retrieved from https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Punch-Out!!_characters