Knuckle Joe (ナックルジョー, Nakkurujō) is a minor character from the Kirby universe. He originally appeared in Kirby Super Star (Kirby's Fun Pak in PAL regions), the first game in the Kirby series to utilize the Helper functionality. This allowed Kirby to create a Helper ally from his current power to assist him throughout the level. Knuckle Joe is the result of combining the Helper function with the Fighter ability. His attacks are inspired by Kirby's own when using this ability.
In SSBB, Knuckle Joe is one of the supporting characters that spawns from the Assist Trophy item. 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 the most powerful Assist Trophy character, because if he manages to trap an opponent in his initial barrage, he can KO them from 0%.
 Assist Trophy Origin
Knuckle Joe made his first appearance as an enemy in Kirby Super Star. Knuckle Joe's attacks in Kirby Super Star usually consist of punches. He can do Vulcan Jabs (punching rapidly), a Smash Punch, and an uppercut. If Kirby copied the Knuckle Joe, he gets the same abilities as him, but the Smash Punch is much more powerful. Kirby is also now able to perform Rising Breaks, which involves jumping up and doing an uppercut to an enemy. In Brawl, Knuckle Joe appears as an assist trophy and performs Vulcan Jabs. His finishing attack can either be a Smash Punch or a Rising Break. In Kirby Super Star, Knuckle Joes are red with white hair, but when Kirby copies a Knuckle Joe and turns him into a Helper ally, the Knuckle Joe turns blue and has blond hair. The Knuckle Joe's design in Brawl is based off of the Helper ally version of Knuckle Joe in Kirby Super Star.
 Trophy Description
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.
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