|Heya, fighter! Go give 'em a knuckle sandwich for me! When you see an opening, use your Giga Force Blast to knock 'em out!|
— 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.
- 1 Game appearances
- 2 Super Smash Bros. series
- 3 Super Smash Bros. Ultimate
- 4 Anime
- 5 Gallery
- 6 Names in Other Languages
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 Waddle Doo.
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.
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|
|Green Greens||RoMK Chapter 4|
|Float Islands||RoMK Chapter 5|
|Bubbly Clouds||RoMK Chapter 6|
|Mt. Dedede||RoMK Chapter 7|
|Trial Room 1||Cavius|
|Trial Room 2||Mekkai|
|Old Tower||Purple Plants|
|RoMK Chapter 1||Crash Clouds|
|RoMK Chapter 2||The Revenge|
|RoMK Chapter 3|
Kirby's Return to Dream Land
Knuckle Joe reappears as an enemy that can be swallowed for the Fighter ability. He is fairly rare to encounter.
Kirby Battle Royale
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
|“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!|
— Pause screen caption for Knuckle Joe, 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.
Super Smash Bros. series
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 others on opponents.
Brawl trophy description
Super Smash Bros. for 3DS/Wii U
Knuckle Joe reprises his role from the previous game as an Assist Trophy and as a collectible trophy. His attacks remain the same.
3DS / Wii U trophy information
Blue indicates exclusive to the Wii U version.
Super Smash Bros. Ultimate
Knuckle Joe once more reprises his role as an assist trophy in this title. He also appears as a spirit in the Adventure Mode.
In the anime, Knuckle Joe appears in multiple episodes, making his debut in Here Comes the Son. He is a Star Warrior whose father was killed by Meta Knight. Originally he seeks revenge on Meta Knight, chasing after the knight and Kirby, but then becomes an ally to them, even aiding in the final battle against Nightmare. He starts out a purplish color, while his hair and clothing reflect his enemy color scheme from Kirby Super Star, but assumes his usual colors in later episodes.
Artwork of Knuckle Joe and Kirby posing from Kirby Super Star Ultra
Names in Other Languages
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