Knuckle Joe

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Brawl Knuckle Joe.png
Artwork from Super Smash Bros. Brawl
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Debut Game Kirby Super Star
Latest Game Kirby: Planet Robobot
Other Game(s) Kirby's Super Star Stacker, Super Smash Bros. Brawl, Kirby Super Star Ultra, Kirby's Return to Dream Land, Kirby: Triple Deluxe, Super Smash Bros. for Wii U/Nintendo 3DS
Copy Ability Fighter
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Knuckle Joe is an enemy appearing in some installments of the Kirby series, as well 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 bandanna 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. The anime and Brawl also depict him as a protagonist.

Game Appearances

Kirby Super Star/Kirby Super Star Ultra

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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 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.

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.

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

Name Image Appears In Description
Knuckle Joe Knuckle Joe Trophy.png SNES Kirby Super Star (NTSC), Kirby's Fun Pak (PAL) 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 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

Name 3DS Image Wii U Image Appears In NTSC-U Description PAL Description
Knuckle Joe
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KnuckleJoeWiiU.png SNES Kirby Super Star (NTSC), Kirby Fun Pak (PAL) (8/1996)
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.

Anime

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Artwork from Kirby: Right Back at Ya!

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.

Names in Other Languages

Language Name Meaning
Japanese ナックルジョー
Nakkuru Jō
Knuckle Joe