|Rated at||152 lbs. (69 kg)|
|First appearance||Punch-Out!! (1987)|
|Rank||#3 Major Circuit, #2 World Circuit1|
Major Circuit Champion2
|Wins by KO||9|
Don Flamenco made two appearances on the 1987 Nintendo Entertainment System game Mike Tyson's Punch-Out!!, first as the initial opponent in the Major Circuit and later as #2 ranked opponent in the World Circuit. Don Flamenco has also appeared in a Topps trading card series. The music played at the beginning of a match with him is an excerpt from the Overture of Bizet's opera Carmen.
Flamenco is known for also being the fighter for whom it can take the shortest time to knockout, at 15 seconds, though this only works the first time the player faces Don Flamenco on the NES (on the Wii, it takes a slightly longer 17.74 seconds, but he still takes the shortest time to beat.). The first Don Flamenco, like Von Kaiser, can be knocked out by alternating left and right punches to the face until he falls down. Like Piston Hondo and Mr. Sandman, he can dodge your uppercuts if attempted at an inappropriate time (e.g. when he is not throwing a punch).
Mike Tyson's Punch-Out!!/Punch-Out!! featuring Mr. Dream (1987–1990)Edit
|Rated at||152 lbs. (69 kg)|
|From||Madrid, Spain, 1964|
|Rank||#3 Major Circuit, #2 World Circuit|
|Wins by KO||9|
Major Circuit Edit
Flamenco is a Palette Swap of Glass Joe. He is a one-trick opponent when Little Mac first encounters him at the beginning of the Major Circuit. He tauntingly persuades Mac into punching him. When Mac does, Flamenco unleashes his large Flamenco Uppercut that can reduce Mac's health bar by about one-third. It is possible to dodge the uppercut, if Mac dodges quickly enough. When he gets up from a knockdown, Don Flamenco loses his cool and rapidly spams his uppercut until Mac finishes a stun. At the start of his fight, Flamenco dances with a rose in his mouth to the overture from Carmen, an opera set in Spain, then shows off with a vicious uppercut.
- Flamenco Uppercut: When Little Mac hits Don Flamenco, or Don Flamenco gets up, Don Flamenco will perform this. He winds up and throws a devastating uppercut that can drain 1/3 of Little Mac's health. Can be dodged or ducked.
- Right Hook: Only used when Little Mac is tired. Winds up to the right, before unleashing a slow hook. Can be dodged or ducked.
- When he gets up, counter his Flamenco Uppercut.
- After dodging an uppercut, alternate left and right blows to his head. If done correctly, he will never recover from the stun until he's knocked down.
- Hit him with a Star Punch.
- When the match starts, knock him down quickly with the infinite combo, then when he gets up, counter his first uppercut, dodge his second, stun him, and Star Punch him. If done correctly, he won't get up and the fight will be over quickly (as little as fifteen seconds).
World Circuit Edit
Later in the game, Flamenco reappears, late in the World Circuit. Flamenco now has additional techniques (faster versions of Glass Joe's hook and jab) and doesn't always do his Flamenco Uppercut when he taunts Mac to incite him. His new moves are quick and make him a much more challenging opponent.
- Flamenco Uppercut: When Little Mac hits Don Flamenco when he taunts, or Don Flamenco gets up, Don Flamenco will usually perform this. He winds up and throws a devastating uppercut that can drain 1/3 of Little Mac's health. Can be dodged or ducked.
- Right Hook: Quickly winds up to the right, before unleashing a powerful hook. Can be dodged or ducked.
- Left Jab: Quickly steps back, before charging at Mac and throwing a powerful jab. Can be dodged, blocked, or ducked.
- When he gets up, counter his Flamenco Uppercut.
- Counter his Right Hook with a left uppercut.
- Counter his Left Jab with a right punch.
- After dodging an uppercut, do the following pattern to his head: Left, Left, Right. If done correctly, he will never recover from the stun until he's knocked down.
|Rated at||152 lbs. (69 kg)|
|Rank||Major Circuit Champion|
|Wins by KO||9|
In the Wii version of Punch-Out!!, it is shown that he was a bullfighter who used his uppercuts to take down bulls and would give a rose to beautiful women in the crowd. But beware, he is very concerned about his hair, however, for it is actually a toupee. If it is knocked off, he loses his cool and goes on a rampage until he knocks you down. He seems to be tossed various items from the crowd, including perfume and roses. Red roses fly off his head when he is punched. His voice is provided by Spanish voice actor Juan Amador Pulido. He has several attacks and is the hardest to defeat thus far. He has three uppercuts: his tango uppercut, his Carmen Mi Amor uppercut, and his rampage uppercut. It's also noted that he only starts doing combos after he gets knocked out the 2nd and 4th time. When he wins a match, roses rain down upon him while he places one on Mac's chest and says, "Adios."
- Carmen Mi Amor: A delayed uppercut. Counter for a star. Translation for Carmen Mi Amor: "Carmen, My love!". This is referencing an opera composed by Georges Bizet simply called "Carmen", in which a gypsy named Carmen falls for a Spanish bullfighter.
- Toro Uppercut: A fast uppercut which he uses whenever he gets up from a knockdown. He may also use it after dodging or blocking one of Mac's attacks. Counter for a star.
- Jab: Clapping, he throws a jab. Block and counterattack for a star, or counter the jab.
- Ole Hook: He throws a hook, which could be ducked or dodged to the right. Counter for a star. If the player is low on health, he may use an uppercut to finish Mac off.
- Rose Flurry: Don unleashes 3 hooks in the opposite direction of Ole. Dodge to the left 3 times, then hit him for a star.
- Rampage Uppercut: Similar to the Carmen Mi Amor uppercut; counter for a star. Used only after he loses his toupee.
Infinite combo trick:
After finishing a stun combo, countering a punch, or punching him while he has lost his toupee, alternate a delayed jab and a delayed hook to knock him down to continually hit him. If you finished the stun with a jab, you will have to start the trick with a hook with the other hand; if you finished with a hook, you must use a jab. The trick works with alternate punches; for example, finishing a stun with a right jab will require you to use a delayed left hook, followed by a delayed right jab, then another delayed left hook, and so on. The infinite combo trick is different in Title Defense.
Instant KD Trick:
For a instant KD, you need three stars before he performs his Rose Flurry. Dodge all three in the right direction, then when he's exausted, star punch him. He'll get knocked down regardless of how much life he has. This also works in Title Defense, you just need to be on your toes and dodge in different directions.
Instant KO trick:
Little Mac can not get hit at all if the trick is to even work. All Little Mac must do is wait until Flamenco taunts him, and then counter Flamenco's tango uppercut with a left hook (be careful because the Carmen Mi Amor Uppercut is delayed), and then let Flamenco have it with the infinite combo trick (just frame input of the right jab and the left hook) to knock him down. After Flamenco gets up, intercept his comeback tango uppercut with a well-timed left hook for another star and then let Flamenco have it with the star punch. Provided that Mac didn't get hit and did the infinite combo trick correctly, he should be able to win the match by an RSCH. If the infinite is performed perfectly, this trick is possible in as little as 17.74.
Provided you have three stars and want extra stars, dodge only two of Don Flamenco's Rose Flurry hooks, then star punch him as he's performing his third hook. Surprisingly, he gets knocked down, regardless of how much life he has. When he gets up, counter his punch, then jab. Apparently, he will not block, and you will not only stun Don, but you also get a second star, which is given to you when Don's tired from his Rose Flurry. This also works in Title Defense.
If you manage to knock Don Flamenco's toupee off by gathering three stars and performing the triple-star uppercut after dodging the Rose Flurry, and knock him down for the first or second time, after Flamenco gets up and you hit him enough times, the clip in which Flamenco's toupee flies off his head will play again.
Title Defense ModeEdit
|Rated at||152 lbs. (69 kg)|
|Rank||Challenger (#1 Major Circuit)|
|Wins by KO||9|
Don Flamenco returns in Title Defense with much darker clothes (due to his defeat to Little Mac) and a completely new attack scheme to defeat Little Mac and win the Champion's Belt. Notably, now his rose is black rather than red.
This time around, he can dodge and counter Mac's counter-counter. His "Rose Flurry" combo can now be up to five moves, hitting from either the left or right sides. But also his combos could be the end of you, for now he does it much faster. He does combos more often; he starts to do them either after his 1st or 2nd knockdown.To make him dizzy, you still have to dodge to the proper side for each punch in the combo. This time, black roses fly off Don Flamenco's head when punched after dodging a punch. Also, once Little Mac knocks Don Flamenco down once, he will start using a "spinning backfist" punch (You can block and counter for a star here), and once he is knocked down twice, he will start doing combinations of his normal punches. In his new montage, he is seen angrily and tearfully ripping up a poster of Little Mac, before proceeding to lift weights to train for a rematch.
Your main concern is when you knock Don's toupee off, because while Flamenco will still do his tango uppercuts, his "Olé" hooks are faster and difficult to dodge. The only way to best Flamenco in Title Defense is the Infinite Combo Trick (see Infinite Combo Trick herein), consisting of jabs and hooks of just-frame input. You can't win the match by an RSCH this time around, so go for a TKO by all means necessary. When he wins a match his black rose slowly fades into bright red.
- Carmen Mi Amor: A delayed uppercut. Counter with a hook for a star.
- Tango Uppercut: A fast uppercut which he uses whenever he gets up from a knockdown. Counter with a hook for a star.
- Jab: Clapping, he throws a jab. Block and counterattack with a jab for a star, or counter the jab.(Which is tougher)
- Ole Hook: He throws a hook,which could be ducked or dodged to the right. Counter with a right punch for a star.
- Rose Flurry: Don unleashes up to 5 hooks. Dodge to the directions indicated by his claps beforehand, then hit him for a star. You can land 6 hits instead of 5 this time.
- Rampage Uppercut: Similar to the Carmen Mi Amor uppercut; counter for a star. Used only after he loses his toupee, or after the Ole Hook.
- Spinning Backfist: A strong, sudden backhand punch. Block and counterattack with a jab for a star.
- Carmen Mi Amor Combo: After the uppercut, Don will do a left Twirling-Backhand.
- Olé Combo: After the hook, a rampage uppercut will be performed(announced by Don saying "Mira").
- Tango Combo: After his Tango Uppercut, he will follow with a Rampage Hook
- Rampage Hook: A superfast hook that is near-impossible to counter and near-impossible to duck. He will do 2 at once, and getting hit by the 1st will leave you vulnerable to the 2nd.
- Use a Three-Star Punch when Don is tired after his Rose Flurry.
Infinite combo trick:
The trick is slightly different from Contender mode. Do as you would normally, except at the end land a delayed left hook if he is on the left side, or a delayed right jab if he is on the right side followed by a delayed left hook. From now on you alternate between two delayed jabs and a delayed hook (depending on what side he is on). If you countered his Tango Uppercut/Carmen Mi Amor Uppercut, you need to earn a star or the just-frame infinite chain trick won't work. It is recomended make full use of this trick if for any reason Flamenco loses his toupee, as the fight will get harder if you don't know how to do this trick.
- Knock Don's toupee off in Round 1!!
- TKO or KO Don in a round where he has not thrown more then 3 punches!
- Find 6 different ways to earn Stars.
- Win the fight and NEVER get hit after knocking Don's toupee off!
- Win the fight and dodge EVERY hook in Don's Rose Flurry (3 hook Combo).
- Knock Don Flamenco down in under 40 seconds!
In Punch-Out!! (Wii), he appears as a ladies' man, giving a rose to a woman (Could possibly be Carmen) in the audience. In Contender, he appears to be very laid back, as his constant smiling is evident of this. However, he appears more aggressive and bitter about his defeat when he returns in Title Defense, as he furiously rips up a poster of Little Mac with tears in his eyes in his bio. He also takes on a black color scheme; his boxing trunks, gloves, rose, and even his hair all have black as their primary color, with red being a secondary color on his trunks and gloves. This new color scheme shows his anger at losing the Major Circuit title to Little Mac.
Punch-Out!! featuring Mr. Dream (NES):
- "Carmen, my love... I dance so sweet for you!"
- "Flamenco strikes back!! Return of Don!!" (World Circuit only)
- "Hey! Mr. Referee Mario... I like your hair!"
- "I'm a beautiful fighter. I have such a style!"
- "People like my hair. Don't mess my hair."
- "¡Ahí esta!", meaning "There it is!" (Title Defense, after hitting Mac)
- "¡Anda, anda!", meaning "Come on, come on!" (Taunting for making Mac punch)
- "¡Aquí!" meaning "Here!" (Title Defense jab)
- "¡Ay mamá!" meaning "Oh mama!" (After dodging Don's uppercut)
- "¡Ay pobre!" meaning "Oh you poor thing!" (When dodging a star punch)
- "Aaay, mi Carmen.." meaning "Ooh, my Carmen..." (When Don gets knocked down with a hook)
- "Bien hecho.", meaning "Well done." (After dodging Don's hook)
- "Bien visto.", meaning "Well seen/You got me." (After dodging Don's hook)
- "¡Carmen, mi amor!" meaning "Carmen, my love!" (Before throwing his slow uppercut)
- "¡Casi!" meaning "Almost!" (After dodging Don's jab in Title Defense)
- "¿Es que nunca has visto una rosa negra?" meaning "What, haven't you ever seen a black rose?" (Title Defense intermission)
- "¡Espera!", meaning "Wait!" (Before jabbing Mac)
- "Fallé," meaning "I failed!" (After dodging Don's uppercut)
- "¿Has visto, hombre, cómo enamoro a las chicas?" meaning "Did you see it, man? How I make the girls fall in love with me?" (Contender Intermission)
- "¡Me has pillao!" meaning "You got me!" (After dodging Don's hook)
- "Me llaman Don, Don Flamenco," meaning "They call me Don, Don Flamenco." (Title Defense Intermission)
- "¡Mira esto!" meaning "Look at this!" (Before throwing his rampage uppercut)
- "¡Mira, mira!" meaning "Look, look!" (Before throwing his rampage uppercut)
- "¿No te parece que huelo *sniff* a victoria?" meaning "Don't you think I smell *sniff* like victory?" (Contender Intermission)
- "¡Olé!", meaning "Bravo!" (when throwing a hook)
- "¡Perfecto!" meaning "Perfect!" (When Mac gets up from the canvas)
- "¿Pero cómo...?" meaning "But how...?" (After dodging Don's jab)
- "Por Carmen," meaning "For Carmen." (Title Defense win; Don's rose turns red afterwards)
- "¿Será posible?" meaning "How can it be?" (After dodging Don's jab)
- ¡Toma! meaning "Take this!" (Title Defense, after hitting Mac)
- "¡Toro!" meaning, "Bull!" (Before throwing fast uppercut)
- "Vamos, vamos." meaning "Lets go, lets go!" (Taunting for making Mac punch)
- "¡Venga, venga!" meaning "Come on, come on!" (Taunting for making Mac punch)
- "¡Venga, venga! ¡Ja, ja, ja! ¿Qué pasa? ¿Quieres más?" meaning "Come on, come on! Ha, ha, ha! What's the matter? You want some more?" (When Mac gets knocked down)
- "¡Venga, ven a por mí!", meaning "Come on, come for me!" (Taunting for making Mac punch)
- "¡Uno, dos, tres!," meaning "One, two three!" (Before Rose Flurry)
- "¡Uno, dos, tres, cuatro!," meaning "One, two, three, four!" (Before Title Defense Rose Flurry)
- "¡Uno, dos, tres, cuatro, cinco!" , meaning "One, two, three, four, five! (Before Title Defense Rose Flurry)
Doc Louis Tips:
- "Hey, Mac baby! Don Flamenco leaves himself open before he throws the uppercut! Take advantage of it, son!"
- "The belt's almost yours, son! No one expected you to make it this far, son! Let's give them a big surprise! Knock Flamenco out!"(Contender)
- "Hey, Mac baby. Remind me to pick up some milk after the fight."
- "It takes two to Flamenco, baby. Don won't be able to get himself another dance partner after you're done with him."
- "Toupee, or not toupee? That is the question."
- "You got to keep your feet moving, Mac. Take the lead, then dance away from Flamenco's counter."
- "Toe-to-toe, don'tcha-doe! Toe-to-toe, with Flamenco! You got it, baby! You got it!"
- "Every rose has a thorn, Mac! Be that thorn in Flamenco's side! Be there, baby!"
- In Punch Out!! Featuring Mr. Dream, one of Don's quotes contains obvious Star Wars references ("Flamenco strikes back" referencing "The Empire Strikes Back" and "Return of the Don" referencing "Return of the Jedi").
- If the player TKOs or KOs Don with a Star Punch in the Wii version, he will stumble about, pull out his rose, smell it, and then fall to the floor, lying in a position similar to that of a body in a coffin, while his rose "wilts" as if he was "dead".
- His KO/TKO animation in Title Defense slightly differs from his Contender. In Contender, you can see that red rose petals fall onto his chest. In Title Defense, the petals from the black rose don't fall. He is one of three boxers that have slightly different animations, the others being Bear Hugger and Great Tiger.
- The player can see part of Don's actual hair in the circuit in Contender if you make him look at your pointer.
- If you let Don win by KO or TKO in Contender, after showing off a bit, he will lay a rose on Mac to show there are no hard feelings, as if to say, "Better luck next time."
- If you let Don win by KO or TKO in Title Defense, you can see that his rose magically turns from black to red. This makes fans of Punch-Out!! think that his rose is red as long as Don is champion.
- It also suggests that his rose turned black when his desire to defeat Little Mac arose (and loss of his fans after losing his title), but turns back to red after he defeats Little Mac.
- In TD, after you defeat Don Flamenco, you can see him without his toupee trying to get his rose upright unsuccessfully.
- It is possible to KO Don Flamenco without knocking off his toupee, but it doesn't have any effect on what his hair was when you see him in the ring again.
- It's possible to punch Flamenco's toupee into pieces. Knock him down twice in the first round, get three stars, then wait for him to use his Don's Rose and dodge successfully, then use the triple-star-punch for in insta-KO. (This only works in Title Defense.)
- In both the NES and Wii versions of Punch-Out!!, Don Flamenco is the fighter that can be defeated the fastest.
- Don Flamenco has become a nickname for disgraced South Carolina governor Mark Sanford, largely because of the strong resemblance Sanford has to Flamenco and that he committed adultery with a Spanish-speaking woman, a likely reference to Don Flamenco's image as a ladies man in the Wii version.
- Interestingly, his montage in Contender mode shows how Mac can knock down Bald Bull later, even showing a bull.
- It also could hint at that in the NES and SNES version of Punch-Out!!, Don has to be punched in order to defeat him as he attacks the bull when it charges at him.
- Despite what the game says, there are actually 7 star opportunities instead of 6 against his Contender-version. People usually try to get a star by strictly countering the clapping jab, but you can also simply block it and hit him for a star.
- The infinite combo trick in the wii version is a reference to the NES version, where he also had one. The fact that they put the trick into the wii version on purpose could easily be proved by one of the contender challanges (KO or TKO him in a round where he didn't throw more than three punches) which can almost only be completed by using it.
- It is assumed that his beloved Carmen is the woman he gives the rose to in his Contender mode bio.
- Like Super Macho Man, Don is seen as very popular with the ladies. However, the audience noticeably likes Don more than Super Macho Man.
- The second similarity is that Don and Super Macho Man both lose popularity after losing the fight.
- One of Doc Louis' quotes is a pun on the Shakespeare line, "To be or not to be? That is the question." Doc Louis says, "Toupee or not toupee? That is the question."
|Punch-Out!! (1984)||Glass Joe · Piston Hurricane · Bald Bull · Kid Quick · Pizza Pasta · Mr. Sandman|
|Super Punch-Out!! (1985)||Bear Hugger · Dragon Chan · Vodka Drunkenski · Great Tiger · Super Macho Man|
|Punch-Out!! (1987)||Little Mac · Doc Louis · Glass Joe · Von Kaiser · Piston Honda · Don Flamenco · King Hippo · Great Tiger · Bald Bull · Soda Popinski · Mr. Sandman · Super Macho Man · Mike Tyson/Mr. Dream|
|Super Punch-Out!! (1994)||Little Mac · Gabby Jay · Bear Hugger · Piston Hurricane · Bald Bull · Bob Charlie · Dragon Chan · Masked Muscle · Mr. Sandman · Aran Ryan · Heike Kagero · Mad Clown · Super Macho Man · Narcis Prince · Hoy Quarlow · Rick Bruiser · Nick Bruiser|
|Punch-Out!! (2009)||Little Mac · Doc Louis · Glass Joe · Von Kaiser · Disco Kid · King Hippo · Piston Hondo · Bear Hugger · Great Tiger · Don Flamenco · Aran Ryan · Soda Popinski · Bald Bull · Super Macho Man · Mr. Sandman · Donkey Kong|
- Punch-out KO Don Flamenco in 15 seconds at YouTube
- Punch-Out!! Wii - Don Flamenco - 0'17"86 (shunkalor) at YouTube