|Heya, fighter! Go give 'em a knuckle sandwich for me!|
— 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 In Kirby: Right Back at Ya!
- 5 Filmography
- 6 Gallery
- 7 Quotes
- 8 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!
— 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.
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 Kirby: Right Back at Ya!
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 for whatever reason, he is portrayed with a different color palette in his first appearance. 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.
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!|
|Here Comes the Son||Primary character||"I told ya...I'm not a monster."|
Artwork of Knuckle Joe and Kirby posing from Kirby Super Star Ultra
|Quotes from Knuckle Joe in Kirby Battle Royale|
Names in Other Languages
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