Little Mac is a fictional boxer and the main protagonist in Nintendo's Punch-Out!! series of video games. He first appeared in the arcade game Punch-Out!!. He is the smallest and youngest of all the boxers in the games, being only 17 years old across all Punch-Out!! games. His signature attack is the "K.O Punch". His design was changed for the SNES Super Punch-Out!!, but reverted to his original design in the Wii title. In the NES and Wii games, Little Mac is accompanied by Doc Louis, his trainer. He has also appeared in the Super Smash Bros. series, first as an Assist Trophy in Brawl, and then he was promoted to being a playable fighter since Smash 4.
Why He's Punch Out!!!
- Despite being a small fighter, he made it to the championship in all of his games, showing that size doesn’t matter and that anyone can be strong.
- Mac was successfully able to defeat the infamously hard champion, Mike Tyson, showing how strong of a boxer he truly is.
- He was also able to defeat Donkey Kong in the boxing ring, who is a very strong gorilla.
- When Little Mac turns into Giga Mac, he can defeat his opponents much faster, showing off an impressive super powered form.
- Before a boxing match, he often trains with Doc Louis, so he becomes stronger, and the two are good friends.
- Little Mac makes a brief cameo in Warioware: Touched, in the Retro Action stage.
- His personality changes and grows between the games he’s in, which is great:
- In the original Punch-Out!!, he is shown to lack confidence and complain quite a bit between rounds;
- In the Wii version of Punch-Out!!, he has clearly grown significantly in terms of motivation and willpower; he happily celebrates his victory if he wins without taking much damage, and, if he gets knocked down three times, it's possible for him to resist just before he falls to the ground up to twice per fight, showing that he is humble and very determined to show others they misjudged him. He also feels uneasy with his fans sometimes, as shown in Title Defense Super Macho Man’s scene.
- He’s also much more expressive in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate; he now scowls in many more animations, smiles in his down taunt, appears shocked when he gets hit, and looks pained when he is laying on the ground or tumbling.
- The ending he achieves in Little Mac’s Last Stand depends on how well he does:
- If he loses 3 times before 10 wins, then he retires, showing a respect to his rules and leaving the ring to do other things in life;
- If he wins 10 times or more before 3 loses, then he does not retire and continues being a proud boxer, showing his passion for boxing.
- He is the one and only Assist Trophy from the Super Smash Bros. series to be promoted to a playable fighter. He was an assist trophy in Brawl, but since Smash 4, he’s an official fighter, which is awesome.
- In addition, Little Mac is the only Smash fighter whose:
- Home series is based on a real-world sport;
- Entire moveset is based solely on unarmed hand-to-hand combat, which is different than other fighters who also don’t have projectiles.
- His design is awesome and he looks very handsome for a little guy like him, especially in The Super Mario Bros. Movie.
- His voice actors, especially Matt Harty and Kōsuke Toriumi, do a great job voicing him.
- He has some limitations on what he can do due to his small size, but not as much as other characters.
- He can have a short temper, as shown in his reveal trailer in Smash 4, where when Samus compared his short height to her tall height, he got prone to anger rather quickly and KO punched her out of the Battlefield.
- He does not speak (other than making noises and getting cheered up by Doc Louis), so he does not have a clear personality.
- He was involved in a controversy where he was criticized as a fighter in Smash Ultimate in an unfair and biased way, being an infamous example, as he was heavily criticized for his awful recovery, bad attacks, and moveset that leaves a lot to be desired. Which is a kind of false since to be honest, Little Mac's recovery and bad aerials are the only bad things about him. His other moves, which are his ground moves, and the rest of his moveset is good.
- Despite being voiced by English-speaking voice actors in the Punch-Out!! series, Little Mac is voiced by a Japanese voice actor in all of his appearances in the Super Smash Bros. series.