|Here Comes the Son|
|Air Date (NA)||November 9, 2002|
|Air Date (JP)||February 9, 2002|
|Copy Ability||Fighter, Needle|
Knuckle Joe travels to King Dedede's castle in search of the person who killed his father. He comes across King Dedede and Escargoon, who tell him that Kirby is the warrior who had done it. Seeking revenge, Knuckle Joe runs to Cappy Town to challenge him to a battle.
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When he gets there, he immediately attacks everyone, looking everywhere for a Star Warrior. He introduces himself to Dedede as Knuckle Joe and asks him about a Star Warrior, so Dedede responds by telling him about Kirby, so Joe goes in search for him, running rampant around the village. Tiff and Tuff hear about this, so they evacuate Kirby out of his fruit-filled house that was filled when he found fruit earlier, while also surprising Tokkori. All of a sudden, the Warp Star takes Kirby away from his home while Tiff asks Tokkori to go to Cappy Town and warn everyone that they are in danger. However, before he could warn anyone, Knuckle Joe zaps him with a lightning bolt and starts to destroy the town whenever someone doesn't know where Kirby is. When the night arrives, while the other citizens hide at the police station, Tiff, Tuff, Chef Kawasaki and Kirby go to a cave with a bag full of food to hide themselves, but Escargoon sees them. Arrived at the cavern, Tiff tells Kirby that is too dangerous to fight Knuckle Joe and is better to run away from him, but thanks to Escargoon and King Dedede, Knuckle Joe finds Kirby and is surprised to see Kirby is only a baby. He challenges Kirby to a fight and easily takes him with Vulcan Jabs, Smash Punches, Spin Kicks, Down Kicks, and Throws. Tuff then tells Tiff to summon the Warp Star during the battle. Tiff starts to, but then Escargoon ties them up to prevent her from summoning it. Chef Kawasaki tells them "You can't tie kids up like that!" but then Dedede ties him up too.
Knuckle Joe knocks him into a cliff and hits him with a roundhouse. He then decides to finish him off, surprising Dedede, Escargoon, and Tiff and Tuff. then, at the last second, Meta Knight jumps down and blocks Knuckle Joe's fist with his sword. Dedede and Escargoon run up and tell him to mind his own business. Tiff and Tuff run up to him thanking him for saving Kirby. Dedede and Escargoon then turn around wondering who untied them, which was revealed to be Blade Knight and Sword Knight, who in the meanwhile where also freeing Chef Kawasaki. Meta Knight then tells him that it was he who killed Joe's Father. A flashback ensues about Joe's Father and Meta Knight both in the Galaxy Soldier Army. They were the greatest of friends, but one night, when they were asleep, monsters ambushed them, and Knuckle Joe's Father was captured. He was dying, so Nightmare revived him, while at the same, he became one of Nightmare's men. When he went back to the Galaxy Soldier Army, he attacked them, so Meta Knight had no choice but to kill Knuckle Joe's Father for the galaxy. He succeeded, but before he died, he gave Meta Knight a locket containing a picture of Knuckle Joe as a baby. Knuckle Joe still doesn't believe him, but to prove that he is telling the truth, Meta Knight gives him the locket, but when he does, Knuckle Joe calls his father a weakling. Meta Knight proceeds to tell Knuckle Joe that he has become a monster too because of what he has done to Kirby, but Knuckle Joe refuses to believe that and Meta Knight tells him that the only way to prove that is to challenge Kirby so they can see who he really is.
Knuckle Joe continues fighting Kirby, and Tiff tells Kirby to inhale what he throws next, so he inhales his Smash Punch, and becomes Fighter Kirby for the first time. He counterattacks Joe's attacks with his own. Suddenly, Knuckle Joe unlocks a strange power he has and turns into a spike-ball. Kirby inhales one of his needles and becomes Needle Kirby. He shoots needles at Joe and reverts him back to normal, but before losing consciousness, he says that he is not a monster and Meta Knight sais he knows that. Later on, he says goodbye to everyone, and leaves through the NME delivery system, adding to what Dedede still owes to NME.
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Changes in the dub
- Many swear words were removed from the dub.
- Spin Kick was changed to Round House. In The Kirby Quiz, however, it is called Spin Kick.
- Knuckle Joe is purple in this episode, but this changes in later episodes. This is a reference to the fact that the enemy Knuckle Joes in Kirby Super Star are initially purple, and change color when they become allies with Kirby.
- The title of the episode refers to "Here Comes the Sun," a song by the British band, the Beatles.
- The move Round House is a reference to Road House.