Von Kaiser (フォン・カイザー, Fon Kaizā?) is a fictional character from the Nintendo-produced Punch-Out!! series of video games. He is a German boxer, hailing from Berlin, Germany. He first appeared in Punch-Out!! for the Nintendo Entertainment System (NES), and again in the Wii video game of the same name 22 years later. He was originally designed by Makoto Wada, and then by Eddie Viser in the Wii game. Horst Laxton voiced the character in the Wii version.
Since appearing in the NES Punch-Out!!, Von Kaiser has been viewed as a major character in the series, and was featured as part of the Punch-Out!!-themed series of Topps trading cards. However, several outlets have noted him as an example of negative stereotyping, especially with his indirect connection to Nazism.
In the anime version, Horst Laxton reprises his role as Von Kaiser.
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