Knuckle Joe

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Knuckle Joe
KSSU Knuckle Joe artwork.png
Artwork of Knuckle Joe from Kirby Super Star Ultra.
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First game Kirby Super Star (1996)
Latest game Kirby Star Allies (2018)
Super Smash Bros. Ultimate (2018)
Other game(s) Kirby's Star Stacker (SNES)
Super Smash Bros. Brawl
Kirby Super Star Ultra
Kirby's Return to Dream Land
Kirby: Triple Deluxe
Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS / Wii U
Kirby: Planet Robobot
Kirby Battle Royale
Copy Ability Fighter
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This article is about the recurring fighting-oriented enemy. For the shark enemy from Kirby's Dream Land 3, see Joe.
Quote1.png Heya, fighter! Go give 'em a knuckle sandwich for me! Quote2.png
— Knuckle Joe about the Fighter Copy Ability in Kirby Battle Royale

Knuckle Joe is an enemy in the Kirby series. He also as well appears as a major character in Kirby: Right Back at Ya!. Knuckle Joe appears as a humanoid figure with spiky blonde hair, a face without a nose, a bandana around his head, and a pair of pointy ears. Knuckle Joe is a fairly noticeable character in the Kirby series, receiving a recurring character role in Kirby: Right Back at Ya! and appearing as an assist trophy in Super Smash Bros. Brawl and subsequent Super Smash Bros. titles.

Game appearances[edit]

Knuckle Joe's video game appearances  
Game Role Notes
Kirby Super Star Enemy and playable character Knuckle Joe can be played when recruited as Helper.
Kirby's Star Stacker (SNES) Opponent
Kirby Super Star Ultra Enemy and playable character As this is the remake of Kirby Super Star, his role doesn't change.
Kirby's Return to Dream Land Enemy
Kirby: Triple Deluxe Enemy
Kirby Fighters Deluxe Reference One of Rare Outfits is based of him.
Kirby: Planet Robobot Enemy
Kirby Battle Royale NPC
Kirby Star Allies Enemy and playable character Knuckle Joe can be recruited as Friend.
Kirby Fighters 2 Reference One of the Rare Hats is based of him.
Super Smash Bros. series
Super Smash Bros. Brawl Supporting character Appears as Assist Trophy.
Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS / Wii U Supporting character Appears as Assist Trophy.
Super Smash Bros. Ultimate Supporting character Appears as Assist Trophy.

Kirby Super Star / Kirby Super Star Ultra[edit]

KSSU Knuckle Joe Helper sprite.png
Sprite from Kirby Super Star Ultra.

Knuckle Joe appears as an enemy in the game Kirby Super Star as well as its remake Kirby Super Star Ultra. In the game, which features his debut role, he attempts to harm Kirby by throwing punches and kicks at him. When inhaled, he grants Kirby the Fighter ability, and also acts as the Helper of said ability.

Knuckle Joe is also one of the participants of the Megaton Punch contest. He appears as Kirby's second opponent, after Kirby defeats Bandana Waddle Dee.

In the Kirby Super Star Ultra-exclusive main game Helper to Hero, Joe, apart from being playable, appears in the opening sequence and in the boss picture for Wham Bam Jewel. Since Waddle Dee appears on the file select screen and life counter, these two could be considered to be the "mascots" of helpers.

Locations[edit]

Knuckle Joe can be found in the following places in Kirby Super Star and Kirby Super Star Ultra:

Knuckle Joe locations in Kirby Super Star & Kirby Super Star Ultra  
Stage Appearance? Stage Appearance?
Green Greens No RoMK Chapter 4 No
Float Islands Yes RoMK Chapter 5 Yes
Bubbly Clouds No RoMK Chapter 6 Yes
Mt. Dedede No RoMK Chapter 7 No
Peanut Plains No Floria No
Mallow Castle No Aquarius Yes
Cocoa Cave Yes Skyhigh No
Candy Mountain No Hotbeat No
Trial Room 1 No Cavius No
Trial Room 2 No Mekkai No
Sub-Tree Yes Halfmoon No
Crystal No ???? No
Old Tower No Purple Plants No
Garden No Illusion Islands No
RoMK Chapter 1 No Crash Clouds Yes
RoMK Chapter 2 No The Revenge No
RoMK Chapter 3 Yes

Kirby's Star Stacker for SNES[edit]

In Kirby's Star Stacker for SNES, Knuckle Joe appears as the fourth opponent in the story mode. When Kirby and his Animal Friends run into him, he punches them all away and challenges them to a fight over the piece of Mr. Star that fell into his possession.

In Knuckle Joe's round, the boards start with the first four rows solidly filled in and a small 3x2 stack placed on the left-hand side, with one pair of each Friend Block nestled in the formation. Knuckle Joe appears to prefer placing his blocks on the left or right sides of his board, only placing them in the middle columns whenever he can cause some stars to be stacked. He is capable of getting rather large combos this way, so Kirby will need to keep on his toes to stay ahead.

After being defeated, Knuckle Joe is bruised and beaten, being carried away by a Waddle Dee in a wheelbarrow while insisting that he needed to train harder.

Kirby's Return to Dream Land[edit]

Knuckle Joe reappears as an enemy that can be swallowed for the Fighter ability. He is fairly rare to encounter.

Locations[edit]

In Kirby's Return to Dream Land, Knuckle Joe can be found in the following levels and stages:

Knuckle Joe locations in Kirby's Return to Dream Land  
Stage Stage 1 Stage 2 Stage 3 Stage 4 Stage 5
Cookie Country No No No No No
Raisin Ruins No No No No No
Onion Ocean No No No No N/A
White Wafers Yes No No No Yes
Nutty Noon No No No Yes Yes
Egg Engines No No No No Yes
Dangerous Dinner No No Yes N/A N/A

Kirby: Triple Deluxe[edit]

Knuckle Joe appears as he did in Kirby's Return to Dream Land.

Locations[edit]

In Kirby: Triple Deluxe, Knuckle Joe can be found in the following levels and stages:

Knuckle Joe locations in Kirby: Triple Deluxe  
Stage Stage 1 Stage 2 Stage 3 Stage 4 Stage 5 Stage 6 EX Stage 7 EX Stage 8 EX
Fine Fields No No No No N/A No N/A N/A
Lollipop Land No No No No N/A Yes N/A N/A
Old Odyssey No Yes No No No N/A No N/A
Wild World No No No Yes No N/A No N/A
Endless Explosions No No Yes No Yes N/A No N/A
Royal Road No Yes No No No N/A Yes No

Kirby: Planet Robobot[edit]

Knuckle Joe appears largely unchanged from his previous appearance.

Locations[edit]

In Kirby: Planet Robobot, Knuckle Joe can be found in the following levels and stages:

Knuckle Joe locations in Kirby: Planet Robobot  
Stage Stage 1 Stage 2 Stage 3 Stage 4 Stage 5 Stage 6 EX Stage 7 EX Stage 8 EX
Patched Plains No No No Yes N/A No N/A N/A
Resolution Road No No No No N/A No N/A N/A
Overload Ocean Yes No No No No N/A No N/A
Gigabyte Grounds Yes No No No No N/A Yes N/A
Rhythm Route No No No No Yes N/A No N/A
Access Ark No Yes No No No N/A Yes No

Kirby Battle Royale[edit]

Knuckle Joe can be seen in the audience in many of the battle modes. He also appears in Dedede's Cake Royale, standing in front of the Training Room tent. If Kirby talks to him, Knuckle Joe will comment on the ability Kirby has equipped.

Kirby Star Allies[edit]

Menu artwork of Knuckle Joe in Kirby Star Allies.
Quote1.png “Gonna be the top fighter anywhere!”
He’s eager to prove himself in a legendary tournament and sets off at full speed to find it…wherever it is! He’s up for any battle, no matter how tough!
Quote2.png
— Guest Star Knuckle Joe The Contender Pause Screen description in Kirby Star Allies

Knuckle Joe appears in this title, and can be recruited as a Friend. As a Friend, he has all of Fighter Kirby's moves, and can also use the Friend Throw. His agility is also arguably greater than that of Fighter Kirby's, since he uses an Infinity Jump which he can act out of immediately with further attacks.

Locations[edit]

In Kirby Star Allies Knuckle Joe can be found in the following levels and stages:

Knuckle Joe locations in Kirby Star Allies  
Stage Appearance? Stage Appearance?
Green Gardens No Falluna Moon No
Donut Dome No Planet Misteen No
Honey Hill No Mareen Moon No
Fruity Forest No Planet Caverna Yes
Clash at Castle Dedede Yes Grott Moon No
Extra Eclair No Planet Frostak Yes
Friendly Field No Blizzno Moon No
Reef Resort No Planet Towara No
Echo's Edge No Gabbel Moon No
Nature's Navel Yes Star Lavadom No
Sacred Square No Sizzlai Moon Yes
Inside Islands No Jambandra Base Yes
Duplex Dream No The Divine Terminus Yes
Gatehouse Road No Extra Planet α No
Eastern Wall Yes Extra Planet β No
Longview Corridor No Extra Planet γ No
Western Outer Wall No Extra Planet δ No
Inner Sanctum No Ability Planet Yes
Heavenly Hall No Dimension I No
Sector A No Dimension II No
Sector B Yes Dimension III No
Sector C No Dimension IV Yes
Planet Earthfall Yes

Kirby Fighters 2[edit]

A Rare Hat for Fighter Kirby based on Knuckle Joe appears in Kirby Fighters 2.

Super Smash Bros. series[edit]

Super Smash Bros. Melee[edit]

While Knuckle Joe does not make a direct appearance in Super Smash Bros. Melee, he is indirectly mentioned in the description of the Fighter Kirby trophy. The description reads: "Kirby dons a warrior's headband and becomes a fierce fighter when he swallows an enemy skilled at physical attacks."

Super Smash Bros. Brawl[edit]

Artwork of Knuckle Joe from Super Smash Bros. Brawl.

Knuckle Joe appears as an Assist Trophy in Super Smash Bros. Brawl, as well as an Assist Trophy character, who uses the Vulcan Jab attack, as well as other attacks on opponents.

Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS / Wii U[edit]

Knuckle Joe reprises his role from the previous game as an Assist Trophy and as a collectible trophy in Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS / Wii U. In the 3DS version, the trophy can be obtained by playing ten hours of the Smash mode. In the Wii U version, the trophy can be obtained by clearing Classic Mode on 9.0 without customizations. His attacks remain the same, however he can now be defeated.

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate[edit]

Knuckle Joe once more reprises his role as an Assist Trophy in this title. He also appears as a spirit in World of Light. He cannot appear on the following stages: Midgar, Mute City SNES, Norfair and Suzaku Castle.

In Kirby: Right Back at Ya![edit]

Knuckle Joe
Knux.png
Artwork of Knuckle Joe from Kirby: Right Back at Ya!.
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First episode Here Comes the Son
Last episode Fright to the Finish
Main role Supporting character
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Knuckle Joe makes an appearance as a recurring character in the anime series Kirby: Right Back at Ya!, first appearing in the episode Here Comes the Son. He is a young rogue fighter whose father was a Star Warrior slain during the great war against Night Mare Enterprises and its monster armies. Not knowing the true circumstances of his father's death beforehand, he believes a Star Warrior to be responsible for his death, and travels to Dream Land with the help of N.M.E. to hunt down Kirby and Meta Knight. Meta Knight then reveals to Knuckle Joe the true story, but it takes a duel with Kirby for Knuckle Joe to truly come to understand this. After this point, Knuckle Joe becomes an ally to Kirby and Meta Knight, aiding them against some of the stronger monsters sent by N.M.E., most notably the titan Masher.

Knuckle Joe has a very similar physique and appearance to his video game incarnation, but he is portrayed with a different color palette in his first appearance (perhaps to reflect the Helper mechanic of Kirby Super Star). His powers include using many of the attacks associated with the Fighter ability, but he also has the ability to fly and cast electric attacks. In Here Comes the Son, he momentarily transforms into a monstrous version of himself which uses needles to attack, thus granting Kirby the Needle ability to retaliate against him. This needle version of Knuckle Joe is unique to the anime.

Filmography[edit]

The following is a complete list of all of Knuckle Joe's appearances in Kirby: Right Back at Ya!, along with other information regarding his role in each episode:

Knuckle Joe's appearances in Kirby: Right Back at Ya!  
Episode Image Role Selected quote Notes
Here Comes the Son
E19 Knuckle Joe.png
Primary character "I told ya...I'm not a monster."
Monster Management
E40 Knuckle Joe.png
Primary character "It took a long time to plan, but it was worth it! I'm a monster hunter now...and I wanted to bag one of the big ones! That meant goin' after Masher!"
Masher 2.0
E65 Knuckle Joe.png
Primary character "You may be a good warrior...but you're a lousy driver." (to Kirby after he crashes the Warp Star)
Combat Kirby
E99 Knuckle Joe.png
Tertiary character "I took over a Destroya and was hopin' you'd let me join your party!"
Fright to the Finish
E100 Knuckle Joe.png
Tertiary character "I hate to tell ya this, Meta Knight, but I got some bad news for ya! Three Destroyas got through. They're headed your way!"

Profiles[edit]

Flavor texts[edit]

Image Game Flavor text
Star Allies Cover.jpg Kirby Star Allies Guest Star:

"Gonna be the top fighter anywhere!"
He’s eager to prove himself in a legendary tournament and sets off at full speed to find it…wherever it is! He’s up for any battle, no matter how tough!

Super Smash Bros. Brawl trophy description[edit]

Name Image Appears in Description
Knuckle Joe Knuckle Joe Trophy.png SNES Kirby Super Star (NTSC versions), Kirby's Fun Pak (PAL versions) A martial artist known for amazing attacks like the Vulcan Jab. With his bandana, he looks and fights the part of a Muay Thai boxer. When Kirby copies Knuckle Joe, he gains the fighting techniques of a hand-to-hand-combat expert. Knuckle Joe also engages in friendly block-breaking competitions with Kirby. His other famous techniques are the Smash Punch and Rising Break.

Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS / Wii U trophy information[edit]

Name 3DS image Wii U image Appears in American English description British English description
Knuckle Joe
KnuckleJoe3DS.png
KnuckleJoeWiiU.png
SNES Kirby Super Star (American English), Kirby Fun Pak (British English) (8/1996)
Wii Kirby's Return to Dream Land (American English), Kirby's Adventure Wii (British English) (10/2011)
A martial-arts master, Knuckle Joe can be inhaled by Kirby and his Fighter ability copied. If you summon him, he'll leap toward the enemy nearest you and unleash his powerful Vulcan Jab attack. He'll then finish off his target with a devastating Smash Punch or Rising Break. When Kirby copies this expert in all martial arts, he becomes a pro at hand-to-hand combat. Release Knuckle Joe in this game, and he'll jump towards the enemy nearest to you and unleash his mighty Vulcan Jab, then finish them off with a devastating Smash Punch or Rising Break!
Blue indicates exclusive to the Wii U version.

Trivia[edit]

  • In Kirby Star Allies, Knuckle Joe can provide the Sizzle attribute with Giga Force Blast. However, a CPU will not acknowledge this if it needs to light a fuse or provide a Power Effect.

Gallery[edit]

Quotes[edit]

Quotes from Knuckle Joe in Kirby Battle Royale  
  • "Cool sword you've got there. Hope you're putting it to good use. Spin Slash is fairly unbeatable. Be sure to train every day!"
  • "That pointed hat gives you the Bomb ability! You should use Bomb Dunk if you want to shock your foe!"
  • "Look at that horn on you! The Beetle ability sure looks impressive. Use Rocket Horn to grab foes and Dive to drive them into the ground."
  • "That spear... Did you join the Waddle Dee army or something?! Spears are great for both thrusting and throwing? Get the point?!"
  • "Ah, the Cutter ability! Those slashes sure are satisfying. There's nothing like a good charge session...and a Hyper Cutter!"
  • "Heya, fighter! Go give 'em a knuckle sandwich for me! When you see an opening, use your Giga Force Blast to knock 'em out!"
  • "When you use your Ninja ability, you'll have lots of fierce moves! With those, you can unleash quick attacks for a decisive win."
  • "That whip is cool and all... but the hat is where it's really at. Whip your enemies into shape! Wrap 'em up while you're at it!"
  • "Huh? Carrying a parasol on a nice day like this? I wanna see you pick up your opponents and swing them around!"
  • "A big hammer and a headband. That look really suits you! If you've got a hammer, take a swing! Not at me, though!"
  • "Ha! Are you wearing those glasses to look smart? If I were a doctor, I'd say to get rest and call me in the morning!"
  • "Try the Tornado ability if you want to play cool tricks on your rivals. All that wind will feel mighty nice to you, but not your opponents."
  • "Ice-skating is pretty cool, isn't it?! I just love those spinny jumps! It's fun seeing frozen foes slide to their doom when you throw them!"

Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese ナックルジョー
Nakkuru Jō
Knuckle Joe
Chinese 格斗家乔 (chs)
格鬥家喬 (cht)
gé dòu jiā qiáo
Fighter Joe
German Knuckle Joe Knuckle Joe
Korean 넉클 죠
Neogkeul Jyo
Knuckle Joe