Knuckle Joe

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Knuckle Joe

Official artwork of Knuckle Joe from Kirby Super Star Ultra.

DebutKirby Super Star (1996)
Smash Bros. appearancesBrawl
Most recent non-Smash appearanceKirby Star Allies (2018)
Console/platform of originSuper Nintendo Entertainment System
SpeciesKnuckle Joe
Place of originDream Land
English voice actorAlésia Glidewell
Japanese voice actorMinami Takayama
Article on WiKirbyKnuckle Joe

Knuckle Joe (ナックルジョー, Knuckle Joe) is an enemy from the Kirby universe. The third book of enochrejected scriptures king james version.


Kirby Super Star sprite

Knuckle Joe debuted as an enemy in Kirby Super Star (Kirby's Fun Pak in PAL regions). He has a stout, humanoid appearance with spiky hair, wearing a bandanna and a bodysuit. Kirby can copy him to obtain the Fighter ability, and can also summon him as the ability's Helper. In Super Star, enemy Knuckle Joes appear with red bodysuits and white hair, while friendly Knuckle Joes have blue bodysuits and blonde hair; later games use the Helper design in all instances, which is reflected in the Super Smash Bros. series.

Knuckle Joe's attacks as an enemy usually consist of moves such as Vulcan Jab (rapid punches), Smash Punch (a wide punch that acts like a projectile), and Rising Break (an uppercut). Kirby can utilize these same attacks with the Fighter ability. In Brawl, SSB4, and Ultimate Knuckle Joe appears as an Assist Trophy and performs these same maneuvers, calling out their names as he does so.

Knuckle Joe also appeared as a recurring character in the Kirby: Right Back at Ya! anime. Reflecting his in-game appearance, he starts out as a minor antagonist before befriending Kirby and aiding him in later episodes. His Japanese actor in the anime, Minami Takayama, also provides his Japanese voice for Smash.

In Super Smash Bros. Melee[edit]

Knuckle Joe was mentioned in the Fighter Kirby trophy as 'an enemy skilled at physical attacks'.

In Super Smash Bros. Brawl[edit]

As an Assist Trophy[edit]

Knuckle Joe attacking in Brawl.

In Super Smash Bros. Brawl, Knuckle Joe is one of the supporting characters that spawns from the Assist Trophyitem. When Knuckle Joe is summoned, he uses his 'Vulcan Jab' technique, which is a series of rapid punches, on the nearest foe. Afterwards, he finishes the opponent off with one of two 'finisher' attacks: the strong, short-ranged 'Smash Punch', or the electricity-charged uppercut known as the 'Rising Break' technique. The finisher he uses is chosen at random. He will use the finisher either the second or third time he did the Vulcan Jab. He could be considered one of the most powerful Assist Trophy characters, because if he manages to trap an opponent in his initial barrage, he can KO them at 0%. A few other Assist Trophies share this ability, such as Lyn.

For this game, Knuckle Joe is peculiarly voiced by Alesia Glidewell, who also voiced Zero Suit Samus and Krystal.


Trophy in Brawl.
Knuckle Joe

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.

: Kirby Super Star , Kirby's Fun Pack

In Super Smash Bros. 4[edit]

As an Assist Trophy[edit]

Knuckle Joe attacking in Super Smash Bros. for Wii U.

Knuckle Joe reprises his role as an Assist Trophy in Super Smash Bros. 4. He is functionally identical to his Brawl appearance, but the overall power of his Vulcan Jab and Rising Break have been considerably reduced, and neither attack can reliably OHKO opponents. As a trade-off, he now performs his attack pattern twice (a series of Vulcan Jabs then finishing with a Smash Punch/Rising Break) as opposed to once in Brawl, making him much more effective. He can also be defeated this time around.


Knuckle Joe's trophy is one of the very few (along with Shadow the Hedgehog, Timmy & Tommy, Master Hand, and Crazy Hand) to be a Challenge unlock in both versions of SSB4. In Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS it is obtained by playing 10 collective hours (total gameplay x participants) of Smash. In Super Smash Bros. for Wii U it is obtained by clearing Classic Mode at intensity 9.0 without any customizations.

Trophy in for Wii U.
Trophy in for 3DS.
Knuckle Joe

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!

: Kirby Super Star (08/1996)
: Kirby's Return to Dream Land (10/2011)

In Super Smash Bros. Ultimate[edit]

As an Assist Trophy[edit]

Knuckle Joe reprises his role as an Assist Trophy, however the knockback of his Smash Punch and Rising Break have been considerably reduced, making his KO potential much weaker overall. Additionally, KOing him now earns a point. Knuckle Joe now faces the screen regardless of direction he turns towards. Training Mode describes his Assist Trophy: Opens with a Vulcan Jab, and then unleashes Smash Punch or Rising Break. He cannot appear on Midgar, Mute City SNES, Norfair, and Suzaku Castle.


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  • Official render from Brawl.

  • Knuckle Joe in Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS.

  • 3DS challenge board unlock image.

  • Wii U challenge board unlock image.

  • With Ryu in Ultimate.

  • Official render from Ultimate.

Names in other languages[edit]

Japaneseナックルジョー, Knuckle Joe
EnglishKnuckle Joe
FrenchKnuckle Joe
GermanKnuckle Joe
ItalianKnuckle Joe
SpanishKnuckle Joe
Chinese (Simplified)格斗家乔Fighter Joe
Chinese (Traditional)格鬥家喬Fighter Joe
Korean넉클 죠, Knuckle Joe
DutchKnuckle Joe
RussianНакл Джо Nakl Joe


  • Knuckle Joe, Gray Fox, Lyn and Shadow the Hedgehog are the only Assist Trophies in Brawl to say a complete phrase.
  • In Brawl, his official artwork has his mouth wide open while his trophy has his mouth shut.
  • Like Meta Knight, Knuckle Joe is also another Kirby character whose Japanese voice is a reprisal from the anime, as in his prior game appearances there were no voices for him provided.
    • Both characters also have different English voices solely provided for their Smash appearances.
  • Knuckle Joe is the only Assist Trophy in SSB4 who is a common enemy in his home universe that is not an enemy in Smash Run.

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Knuckle Joe is an enemy and player character in the Kirby series, first appearing in Kirby Super Star and having prominent roles in the Kirby: Right Back at Ya! Anime and Super Smash Bros. Series as an Assist Trophy. He usually gives the Fighter copy ability when inhaled by Kirby, and acts as its helper. 1 Canon Appearances 1.1 Kirby Super Star / Kirby Super Star Ultra 1.2 Super Smash Bros. Knuckle Joes are the only enemies in the game to give Kirby the Fighter Ability when Inhaled. Fighter Kirby can perform most attacks a Knuckle Joe uses to attack him in this game. Knuckle Joe also appears in Super Smash Bros. Brawl as one of the many Assist Trophy characters. He wears a blue jumpsuit and has a very high-pitched voice in this game.

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