Don Flamenco (ドン・フラメンコ, Don Furamenko?) is a Spanish boxer from Madrid in the Nintendo-produced Punch-Out!! series of video games. He first appeared in Punch-Out!! for the Nintendo Entertainment System (NES), where he was designed by Makoto Wada. He appears twice in this game, with his first appearance cited as being a pushover. He made another appearance in Punch-Out!! for the Wii, where he was illustrated by Eddie Viser and voiced by Juan Amador Pulido. He hails from Madrid, Spain. The Wii version expands upon his character by making him a Matador, as well as his hair being a toupee. This incarnation of him is described as being much more difficult than the NES incarnation, with Kotaku citing the guesswork involved in figuring out how to defeat him.
Since appearing in Punch-Out!! for the NES, he has received mostly positive reception, being included in a series of Topps trading cards as well as being listed as one of the favourites of the series by IGN. He has been viewed as a racial stereotype of Spanish people; GamesRadar editors Brett Elston and Mikel Reparaz commented on his stereotype. Elston stated that some of the stereotypes that are utilized in the character are him being an expert bullfighter, always having a rose, and an obsession with good looks. Freelance editor Sumantra Lahiri described Don Flamenco as utilizing several stereotypes of the Spanish's rich European culture from the '80s by Americans. He has also been viewed as effeminate, particularly by IGN and Cracked, the former describing him as more of a lover than a fighter.
In the anime version, Juan Amador Pulido reprises his role as Don Flamenco.
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