List of Punch-Out!! characters

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This is a list of characters appearing in the Punch-Out!! series.


Aran Ryan[edit]

Aran Ryan (アラン・ライアン Aran Raian?) is an Irish boxer, hailing from Dublin, Ireland. His first appearance was in Super Punch-Out!! for the Super NES, and most recently in the Wii video game Punch-Out!!. He was designed by Eddie Viser, and voiced by Stephen Webster in that game. While he was more sedate in Super Punch-Out!!, he was made out to be loud and boisterous, as well as a cheater; in one version, he is seen inserting a horse shoe into his glove, and in another, he uses a boxing glove tied to a rope as a weapon.[1] While Next Level Games, the developers of the Wii Punch-Out!!, wanted to use mostly boxers from the original Punch-Out!!, they included Aran Ryan amongst others, with developer Bryce Holliday describing him as the game's "resident hooligan".[2] In discussing Ryan's fighting style, GamePro editor Will Herring described it as being momentum-based.[3]

Since appearing in Punch-Out!!, Aran Ryan has received mixed reception. In their review, GameTrailers bemoaned his inclusion over Super Punch-Out!! character Dragon Chan.[4] In his review, editor Scott Jones criticized Ryan's inclusion in the Wii Punch-Out!!, calling him "one of the most banal characters in the game." He questioned why Nintendo included him and called him "forgettable."[5] Complex ranked him as the sixth "douchiest" video game character."[6] In their discussion of racial stereotypes in Punch-Out!!, GamesRadar editor Brett Elston commented that his uncontrollable rage, his disposition to cheating, his love for fighting, and his penchant for adorning his clothing with four leaf clovers was a strong stereotype of the Irish people. They added other qualities of Irish stereotypes, which includes red hair and excitability.[1] GamesRadar editor Michael Grimm listed him as one of the six most offensive Irish stereotypes, echoing statements from the above article, while adding his being a boxer and his affinity for green as other stereotypes that he covers. However, he noted that he got off easy versus Glass Joe's French stereotypes.[7] Eurogamer editor Oli Welsh cited Ryan as a "coarse caricature" of "ethnic and national stereotypes" and called him an "idiotically violent Irishman."[8]

Bald Bull[edit]

Main article: Bald Bull

Bear Hugger[edit]

Bear Hugger (ベア・ハッガー Bea Haggā?) has first appeared in the arcade game Super Punch-Out!! in 1985. In related game Frank Bruno's Boxing, the character was renamed Canadian Crusher. Bear Hugger is a Canadian boxer who hails from Salmon Arm, British Columbia, and is the national boxing champion of the country. He first appeared in Super Punch-Out!! for the arcades, and then again in Super Punch-Out!! for the Super NES. He most recently appeared in Punch-Out!! for the Wii, where he was designed by Eddie Viser and voiced by Richard Newman. Eurogamer described Bear Hugger's attack style as using "sheer force to send opponents to the mat."[9] He is powerful, yet also fast. In their walkthrough, IGN noted that he was fast considering how large he was.[10]

Bear Hugger has received mostly positive reception. He has been described as a favourite of the series by IGN editor Levi Buchanan,[11] a statement that Official Nintendo Magazine editor Tom East echoed.[12] In their list of the seven best second quests, GamePro listed the Title Defense mode of Punch-Out!! for the Wii, stating that losing to the "squirrel-assisted" Bear Hugger would demonstrate the difficulty and creative talent of the developer Next Level Games.[13] The Escapist editor Greg Tito wrote that he giggled every time Bear Hugger called the player character Little Mac a "hoser."[14] On the other hand, Allgame editor Skyler Miller opined that while Bear Hugger was humorous in Super Punch-Out!! for the SNES, he was not quite "out there" compared to boxers from Punch-Out!! for the NES.[15]

Bear Hugger personifies several stereotypes of Canadian people, including being a lumberjack by trade and his love for maple syrup, ice hockey and the wilderness.[16] He is bald, and has a thick, brown beard and mustache, as well as a tuft of chest hair. He also wears overalls. As seen in one of the cutscenes, Bear Hugger does boxing training with bears.[17] He also uses a squirrel in his boxing. In discussing stereotyping in Punch-Out!!, GamesRadar editor Brett Elston stated that Bear Hugger embodied several stereotypical Canadian traits, including being husky, loving the outdoors, ice hockey, and drinking maple syrup. Canadian GamesRadar editor Tyler Wilde jokingly stated that the stereotypes were "absolute malarky," stating that they only consume maple syrup on special occasions, and even then, only from "goose-shaped goblets carved from pine wood."[18] Editor Scott Jones commented that Bear Hugger's Canadian origins predisposed him to consume the "big jug of booze" with which he is portrayed; however, the jug actually (or at least ostensibly) contains maple syrup.[19] (cf. the character shift in Mike Tyson's Punch-Out!! from "Vodka Drunkenski" to "Soda Popinski"). IGN editor Craig Harris listed him as one of the game's "over-the-top" caricatures.[20] Kotaku editor Michael McWhertor praised the stereotyping of characters in the series, stating that it was improved in the Wii Punch-Out!!, and stated that Bear Hugger was "extremely Canadian."[21] The Globe and Mail editor Chad Sapieha, writing about the roster of fighters in Punch-Out!! that "would send chills down the spine of any potential pugilist," mentioned Bear Hugger as one of these boxers, calling him an "ostensibly Canadian".[22]

Bob Charlie[edit]

Bob Charlie (ボブ・チャーリー Bobu Chārī?) from Kingston, Jamaica. His only appearance is in the SNES version of Super Punch-Out!! as the first boxer in the Major Circuit. His look and name are references to the reggae legend Bob Marley. Before leaving Jamaica, Bob Charlie was crowned Jive King of Kingston.

Disco Kid[edit]

Disco Kid (ディスコ・キッド Disuko Kiddo?) is an African American boxer who was voiced by Donny Lucas. Disco Kid is one of only two new characters to appear in the Wii video game Punch-Out!!, which consists of mostly characters from Punch-Out!! for the Nintendo Entertainment System. He was one of the first characters revealed in the Wii Punch-Out!!.[23] He is characterized as flamboyant with a high-pitched voice and an affinity for clubbing.[24]

Disco Kid has received generally positive reception. Numerous critics felt that Disco Kid fit in well with the characters returning from previous games, including Craig Harris, Oli Welsh, Ricardo Madeira, and DJPubba.[25][26][27][28][29] GameSpot's Tom Mc Shea felt that he lacked the charm of the returning characters but had a flashy style.[30] The Escapist's John Funk felt that more could have been done to make him feel "disco", such as the addition of "sequins on his shorts."[31]'s David Ellis and an editor for compared Disco Kid to the Fresh Prince of Bel-Air character Carlton Banks; Ellis added that he was a "flamboyant dancer who uses awkward timing as a distraction" and a greater challenge than other early game characters due to his unique pattern.[32][33] GamePro's Will Herring wrote that his design was "masterfully modeled and animated".[34] GameDaily's Chris Buffa described him as a "dancing fool" and a humorous character with a distinctive personality.[35]

Disco Kid has been described as flamboyant, and as a stereotype of black Americans by critics such as Kotaku's Michael McWhertor.[36] An editor for GameTrailers suggested that Nintendo was aiming for a certain segment of people with Disco Kid.[37] GamesRadar's Brett Elston described Disco Kid as a stereotype due to his appreciation of cars, bass, and clubbing. He felt that these stereotypes were comparatively mild compared to other Punch-Out!! characters, with the exception of Mr. Sandman.[24] One of the members of Retronauts stated that Disco Kid was stereotype new to Punch-Out!!, and that it was "unnerving."[38]

Doc Louis[edit]

Jerome "Doc" Louis (ドック・ルイス?) is Little Mac's trainer and coach, who stands at Mac's corner during fights. Between rounds, Doc provides Mac with advice, encouragement, or sometimes a humorous anecdote. He is the creator of the "Star Punch", the most powerful move in Mac's arsenal. In Punch-Out!! for Wii, he is voiced by Riley Inge.

Doc Louis appears as the sole challenger in the Club Nintendo exclusive Doc Louis's Punch-Out!!.[39]

Don Flamenco[edit]

Main article: Don Flamenco

Donkey Kong[edit]

Donkey Kong (ドンキーコング Donkī Kongu?) is a special guest character that only appears in the Wii version of Punch-Out!!. He punches with his boxing glove from the Mario Baseball series.

Dragon Chan[edit]

Dragon Chan (ドラゴン・チェン Doragon Chen?) from Hong Kong, first appeared in the Super Punch-Out!! arcade game as a kickboxer who utilizes martial-arts based techniques, such as backhands, chops, and kicks. His special move involves climbing the ring ropes and sailing from one side to the other, kicking the player on the return. He last appeared in the SNES Super Punch-Out!! wherein he not only kicks, but also meditates to recover his stamina. His physical appearance is modeled after Bruce Lee, while his name is a reference to Jackie Chan.

Gabby Jay[edit]

Gabby Jay (ガビー・ジェイ Gabī Jei?) is he first boxer in Super Punch-Out!! for the Super NES. Bit Mob editor Andrew Fitch criticized Gabby Jay, calling him a "wannabe" of Glass Joe.[40] Allgame editor Skyler Miller agreed with this sentiment, commenting that while humorous, he is not quite as "out there."[41] In his article "One and Done: Nine Videogame Characters Who Were Never Heard From Again", editor John Teti listed Gabby Jay, stating that it was "not easy to replace a legend, but that was the bum hand dealt to Gabby Jay." He added that Gabby Jay not appearing in the Wii Punch-Out!! in favour of Glass Joe was something that Star Trek fans would deem "the Dr. Pulaski treatment."[42] Gabby Jay's record is the same as Glass Joe's, with one victory and ninety-nine losses. According to the game's manual, Jay's one and only victory was against his boxing teacher - Glass Joe.

Glass Joe[edit]

Main article: Glass Joe

Great Tiger[edit]

Great Tiger (グレート・タイガー Gurēto Taigā?) is a 29 year old Indian boxer hailing from Mumbai, India. He first appeared in Super Punch-Out!! for the arcades, and again in Punch-Out!! for the NES, where he was designed by Makoto Wada. He would not appear in a video game again until 22 years later in Punch-Out!! for the Wii, where he was designed by Eddie Viser and voiced by Sumit Seru. The NES and Wii games depict him as having mystical powers. In the first game, he can become intangible and spin around the ring at high speeds while punching Little Mac--the so-called "Magic Punch." However, if Little Mac succeeds in blocking this barrage, the spinning leaves Great Tiger dizzy, and he can be sent to the mat with one punch to the face. The Wii Punch-Out!! gives him the ability to fly on magic carpets and teleportation. He wears a turban on his head adorned with a jewel that indicates when he is going to attack. He also wears tiger-print pants. In the NES version, he has the skin of a Bengal tiger sitting in his corner of the ring. These have all been referred to as stereotypes of Indian people.[43][24] While he spoke in English in the NES version, he speaks in Sanskrit with no subtitles in the Wii version.

Since appearing in Punch-Out!! for the NES, Great Tiger has received mostly positive reception. Both Official Nintendo Magazine and GameSpot described him as a favourite of the series.[44][45] GamePro listed him as one of the characters they want to return in the Wii Punch-Out!!, stating that "may not be the most PC character from the original NES classic, but his crazy techniques will fit in well with the outlandish style Next Level Games has been known to apply."[46]

Great Tiger has been described as a stereotype of Indian people. Freelance writer Sumantra Lahiri, in discussing the stereotypes of Punch-Out!!, stated that it gives players an "encyclopedic knowledge of ignorant American sentiments," mentioning the Indian stereotype that they skin tigers alive and wear turbans.[43] [47] In his article on the stereotypes of Punch-Out!!, GamesRadar editor Brett Elston stated that Great Tiger embodies several Indian stereotypes, including the ability to fly on magic carpets, living in Taj Mahal-like structures, and that they wear turbans that grant them magical powers. He described him as an "over-caffeinated Jafar", adding that he "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."[24] Editor Scott Jones stated that in 2009, "fighting a man from India who flies around on a magic carpet and who telegraphs his punches via a glowing jewel in his turban doesn't feel terribly dramatic."[48] Bit Mob editor Brian Shirk commented that while Great Tiger looked more human than King Hippo, he still doesn't seem quite human judging by the animal sounds he makes and his teleportation abilities."[49]

Heike Kagero[edit]

Heike Kagero (平家 陽炎 Heike Kagerō?) is A Japanese Kabuki from Osaka, Japan. His only appearance in the SNES version of Super Punch-Out!! as the second boxer in the World Circuit. He has a high damage Uppercut (similar to Don Flamenco).

Hoy Quarlow[edit]

Hoy Quarlow (回 鍋肉 Pinyin: Huí Guō Ròu ?) is an elderly Chinese man from Beijing, China, apparently a parody of elderly Kung-Fu masters, who first appeared as the second opponent in the Special Circuit of Super Punch-Out. He carries a large cane which he uses to fight with, along with kicks and backhands, much like Dragon Chan before him. He is very fast, and is notorious amongst Super Punch-Out players as being very difficult to beat.

Kid Quick[edit]

Kid Quick (キッド・クイック Kiddo Kuikku?) from Brooklyn, New York. His only appearance was in the arcade version of Punch-Out!!. He is the only boxer in the Punch-Out!! series to have no special attack; however, as his last name "Quick" tells it, he is very fast in both offense and defense. In 2009, a new Punch-Out!! character named Disco Kid appeared in Punch-Out!! Wii.

King Hippo[edit]

Main article: King Hippo

Little Mac[edit]

Little Mac (リトル・マック Ritoru Makku?) is the main protagonist of the console games in the series. Like his name suggests, he is quite short, especially compared to his opponents, but makes up for it with his determination and skill. In the NES and Wii versions of Punch-Out!!, he is depicted as having short black hair with a black vest and green shorts. In the SNES version of Super Punch-Out!!, he has blond hair with blue shorts.

Mad Clown[edit]

Mad Clown (マッド・クラウン Maddo Kuraun?) is a traveling circus Clown from Milan, Italy who decided to take up boxing. He made his only appearance in the SNES version of Super Punch-Out!! as the third boxer in the World Circuit. According to the Manual, Mad Clown was originally an Italian Opera singer, but after having a nervous breakdown, later joined the Circus instead. After tiring of the same nightly performances Juggling and trying to drive a car that was too small for him, he decided to make his debut in the World Circuit. From his build, and special attack, he has many similarities to Bear Hugger.

Masked Muscle[edit]

Masked Muscle (マスクド・マッスル Masukudo Massuru?) is a masked Luchador from Mexico City, Mexico. Banned from Luchador Wrestling for illegal manoeuvers, Masked Muscle now boxes. He still however, is not afraid to use cheating manoeuvers against the player, including Headbutting and Spitting into the player's eyes to blind them. According to the instruction manual of Super Punch-Out!!, he holds the dubious titles of "The Amigo to Nobody" and the "Crown Prince of the Cheap Shot".

Mike Tyson[edit]

Mike Tyson (マイク・タイソン Maiku Taison?) /

Mike Tyson is the final opponent of the original release of Punch-Out!! for the NES, titled Mike Tyson's Punch-Out!!, whom Little Mac faces in a bout called "The Dream Fight". He is the undefeated, undisputed Heavyweight Champion of the World. During the first 90 seconds of the fight, all of Tyson's attacks can instantly knock the player down.

Mr. Dream[edit]

After Tyson's contract with Nintendo expired, he was replaced with a fictional character based on a then-Nintendo tournament champion, Mr. Dream (Mr. ドリーム?).

Mr. Sandman[edit]

Mr. Sandman is a black boxer hailing from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in the United States. He was first created by Shigeru Miyamoto in the Punch-Out!! game for the arcades, and then by Makoto Wada in the Nintendo Entertainment System (NES) Punch-Out!!. He appeared in Super Punch-Out!! as one of the three boxers returning from the NES Punch-Out!!. His most recent appearance was in the Wii Punch-Out!!, where he was drawn by Eddie Viser and voiced by Riley Inge. Whereas most characters in Punch-Out!! are noted for being ethnic or region stereotypes, Sandman is noted as having no major stereotypes.[24] His appearance has been noted as similar to real life boxer Joe Frazier, who also hails from Philadelphia.

Since appearing in Punch-Out for the arcades, Mr. Sandman has received generally positive reception. GamePro Germany commented that he appeared to be based on boxer Joe Frazier, who also comes from Philadelphia.[50] Writer Sumantra Lahiri cited him as an example of the stereotype that black people are "ruthless and a bit ignorant."[51] However, GamesRadar editor Brett Elston felt that he lacked ethnic stereotypes unlike the newer black Punch-Out!! character Disco Kid.[24]

Narcis Prince[edit]

Narcis Prince (ナルシス・プリンス Narushisu Purinsu?) is a vain British Ivy Leaguer from London, England who originally appeared as the first opponent in Super Punch-Out's Special Circuit. He has very good defence and reasonably strong attacks when he is calm, but if he is hit in the face at all, he flies into a blind rage and attacks recklessly (But more powerfully in return), allowing the player to attack him more effectively. His name is a pun on the word Narcissist.

Nick Bruiser[edit]

Nick Bruiser (ニック・ブルーザー Nikku Burūzā?) is the Champion of the Special Circuit in Super Punch-Out, and the final opponent in the game. The oldest of the Bruiser Brothers, he is a huge and emotionless opponent who has never lost a fight in his career. Ever since he beat his younger brother Rick in a match, he has vowed never to lose his title. Like Rick before him, he can also incapacitate your boxer's hands (Except Nick can do it twice in a row to leave the player completely unable to attack for a short time), but he is more powerful, and can also increase the power of his attacks for short periods of time, knock the player down in one hit with a "Dashing Forearm" attack, and has better defense, barely even flinching from standard punches. He could be considered a character similar to Ivan Drago from the Rocky movies.

Piston Hondo[edit]

Main article: Piston Hondo

Piston Hurricane[edit]

Piston Hurricane (ピストン・ハリケーン Pisuton Harikēn?) from Havana, Cuba, originally appeared as the second opponent in the first Punch-Out!! arcade, with an afro. His special move is the Hurricane Rush, wherein he jumps away from his opponent, taunts, then jumps toward his opponent punching rapidly. In the NES and Wii games, Piston Hurricane is replaced by the stoic Japanese boxer Piston Honda, (Piston Hondo in the Wii version) who fights in a similar manner. Piston Hurricane reappeared in the SNES version of Super Punch Out!, in a less taunting manner and a changed appearance, whereupon he has shaved off his afro into a buzz cut.

Pizza Pasta[edit]

Pizza Pasta (ピッツァ・パスタ Pittsa Pasuta?) from Napoli, Italy. His only appearance was in the arcade version of Punch-Out!!. His first and last names are references to Italian food. Piston Hondo/Honda and Aran Ryan are his replacements.

Rick Bruiser[edit]

Rick Bruiser (リック・ブルーザー Rikku Burūzā?) is the third opponent in the special circuit of Super Punch-Out. He is the younger, but no less monstrous brother of Nick Bruiser. They share similar records (42 Wins each), but Rick has only ever lost once at his brother's hand. He is capable of using his elbows to incapacitate your boxer's hands, and jumping up to stun the player before landing powerful uppercuts that always knock the player down in one hit, similarly to Bald Bull.

Soda Popinski[edit]

Main article: Soda Popinski

Super Macho Man[edit]

Super Macho Man (スーパー・マッチョマン Sūpā Macchoman?) is an American boxer, hailing from Hollywood, California. He first appeared in Super Punch-Out!! for the arcades, and again in Punch-Out!! for the Nintendo Entertainment System (NES), Super Punch-Out!! for the Super NES, and Punch-Out!! for the Wii. He was designed by Makoto Wada for the NES version, and by Eddie Viser for the Wii version. He was voiced by Mike Inglehart for the Wii version as well. An ESRB description of Punch-Out!! for the Wii mentioned a boxer who flexed his pectoral muscles, leading editor Stephen Totilo to question whether this was Super Macho Man or not.[52] He is tanned and very muscular, often showing this off by flexing his pectoral muscles or his arms. He wears gold earrings, a gold necklace, sunglasses, and has a gold tooth. He also wears a speedo that says his name on them. He has gray hair, though his in-game sprite in the NES version of Punch-Out!! has his hair colored black.[citation needed]

Since appearing in Super Punch-Out!! for the arcades, Super Macho Man has received generally positive reception. He is considered a memorable character.[53][54] Super Macho Man was featured on the cover of Gamefan as part of the cover story on Super Punch-Out!! for the Super NES. GamesRadar editor Chris Antista listed it as one of the greatest video game covers, owing its quality to Super Macho Man's "iconic pose" featured on the cover.[55] IGN editor Jesse Schedeen named Super Macho Man one of the series' top fighters, describing him as a "thinly veiled parody mash-up of "Superstar" Billy Graham and another famous fighter who goes by the nickname "Macho Man"."[56]

In discussing stereotyping in the Punch-Out!! series, GamesRadar editor Brett Elston states that Super Macho Man embodies the stereotypes of American celebrities, namely that they are "overly tan, materialistic narcissists obsessed with fame, money and appearance." He added that Super Macho Man was not just a parody of celebrities, but "Hollywood and American's fascination with celebrities." He cites images depicting "money-grubbing models" surrounding him as he poses for pictures. He calls this a comment on "both on Americans’ personal priorities and how we constantly reward people who engage in this behavior."[57] An IGN review for the video game Cho Aniki, a video game with several homosexual undertones, made reference to Super Macho Man to demonstrate these undertones, stating that players may have looked away from him "flexing his pecs."[58]

Von Kaiser[edit]

Main article: Von Kaiser

Opponents' appearances[edit]

Character Punch-Out (arcade) Super Punch-Out (arcade) Punch-Out (NES) Super Punch-Out (SNES) Punch-Out (Wii)
Aran Ryan Red XN Red XN Red XN Green tickY Green tickY
Bald Bull Green tickY Red XN Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY
Bear Hugger Red XN Green tickY Red XN Green tickY Green tickY
Bob Charlie Red XN Red XN Red XN Green tickY Red XN
Disco Kid Red XN Red XN Red XN Red XN Green tickY
Don Flamenco Red XN Red XN Green tickY Red XN Green tickY
Donkey Kong Red XN Red XN Red XN Red XN Green tickY
Dragon Chan Red XN Green tickY Red XN Green tickY Red XN
Gabby Jay Red XN Red XN Red XN Green tickY Red XN
Glass Joe Green tickY Red XN Green tickY Red XN Green tickY
Great Tiger Red XN Green tickY Green tickY Red XN Green tickY
Heike Kagero Red XN Red XN Red XN Green tickY Red XN
Hoy Quarlow Red XN Red XN Red XN Green tickY Red XN
Kid Quick Green tickY Red XN Red XN Red XN Red XN
King Hippo Red XN Red XN Green tickY Red XN Green tickY
Mad Clown Red XN Red XN Red XN Green tickY Red XN
Masked Muscle Red XN Red XN Red XN Green tickY Red XN
Mike Tyson / Mr. Dream Red XN Red XN Green tickY Red XN Red XN
Mr. Sandman Green tickY Red XN Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY
Narcis Prince Red XN Red XN Red XN Green tickY Red XN
Nick Bruiser Red XN Red XN Red XN Green tickY Red XN
Piston Hondo Red XN Red XN Green tickY (as "Piston Honda") Red XN Green tickY
Piston Hurricane Green tickY Red XN Red XN Green tickY Red XN
Pizza Pasta Green tickY Red XN Red XN Red XN Red XN
Rick Bruiser Red XN Red XN Red XN Green tickY Red XN
Soda Popinski Red XN Green tickY (as "Vodka Drunkenski") Green tickY Red XN Green tickY
Super Macho Man Red XN Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY
Von Kaiser Red XN Red XN Green tickY Red XN Green tickY

Cameo characters[edit]

Punch-Out!! plays host to several cameo characters. Whereas the original Punch-Out!! shows several Nintendo characters in the audience, including Donkey Kong Jr. and Mario, Mario appears as a referee in the NES Punch-Out!!. Recently, Donkey Kong appears as an opponent to protagonist Little Mac. Princess Peach was once considered for this role.[citation needed]


Topps and Nintendo of America made a series of trading cards featuring characters from the Mario, The Legend of Zelda, Double Dragon, and the NES Punch-Out!! series. The Punch-Out!! cards are of the various opponent boxers that Little Mac fights. The cards have scratch-off spots on them, which determine loss or win. One unique aspect to the cards that are featured in real boxing matches but not the games was the "cow blow", slang for a blow to the kidneys. As in boxing, a "cow blow" is highly illegal and would cause the scratch-off card to be an instant loss.[59]


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