- This article is about the reoccurring fighting-oriented enemy. For the shark enemy from Kirby's Dream Land 3, see Joe.
|“||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 closely resembling Kirby's, a bandana around his head, and a pair of pointy ears. Knuckle Joe is a fairly noticeable character in the Kirby series, receiving a reoccurring 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.
|Knuckle Joe's video game appearances|
|Kirby Super Star||Enemy and playable character||Knuckle Joe can be played when recruited as Helper.|
|Kirby's Star Stacker (Super Famicom)||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's Dream Collection Special Edition||Enemy||Appears in New Challenge Stages. Kirby Super Star is also ported here, where Knuckle Joe has the exact same role.|
|Kirby: Triple Deluxe||Enemy|
|Kirby Fighters Deluxe||Reference||One of Rare Outfits is based off 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 off him.|
|Kirby's Dream Buffet||Reference||Knuckle Joe appears on a Character Treat.|
|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
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. Knuckle Joe also appears on a card in Kirby Card Swipe.
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 Star Stacker for SNES
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 / Kirby's Return to Dream Land Deluxe
Knuckle Joe reappears as an enemy that can be swallowed for the Fighter ability. He is fairly rare to encounter.
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|
Kirby: Triple Deluxe
Knuckle Joe appears as he did in Kirby's Return to Dream Land.
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|
Kirby: Planet Robobot
Knuckle Joe appears largely unchanged from his previous appearance.
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|
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.
In Kirby Star Allies Knuckle Joe can be found in the following levels and stages:
Kirby Fighters 2
Kirby's Dream Buffet
Super Smash Bros. series
Super Smash Bros. Melee
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
Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS / Wii U
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
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!
Knuckle Joe makes an appearance as a reoccurring 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.
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."|
|Monster Management||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||Primary character||"You may be a good warrior...but you're a lousy driver." (to Kirby after he crashes the Warp Star)|
|Combat Kirby||Tertiary character||"I took over a Destroya and was hopin' you'd let me join your party!"|
|Fright to the Finish||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!"|
Kirby and Knuckle Joe shaking hands after defeating Masher
Fighter Kirby and Knuckle Joe work together to defeat Masher 2.0
|Kirby Star Allies||Guest Star Knuckle Joe:|
"Gonna be the top fighter anywhere!"
Super Smash Bros. Brawl trophy description
Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS / Wii U trophy information
|Name||3DS image||Wii U image||Appears In||American English description||British English description|
|Knuckle Joe||SNES Kirby Super Star 09/1996)
Wii Kirby's Return to Dream Land 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.|
- 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.
Illustration from the Kirby JP Twitter featuring Knuckle Joe
Illustration from the Kirby JP Twitter commemorating the release of Kirby Battle Royale, featuring Knuckle Joe in the audience
Kirby Card Swipe card from Kirby Super Star Ultra
Pixel Knuckle Joe Character Treat from Kirby's Dream Buffet
|Quotes from Knuckle Joe in Kirby Battle Royale|
Names in other languages
gé dòu jiā qiáo
gé dòu jiā qiáo
|Brazilian Portuguese||Knuckle Joe
Joe Mãos à Obra
Joe Hands at Work ("Mãos à Obra" is an expression in Portuguese that means "Let's get to work!")
|European Portuguese||Knuckle Joe||-|