Knucklehead is a Barjack soldier. A former brigand, he joined the Barjack not because he believed in its cause, but for the opportunities it would give him to fire his gun and ride his motorcycle, all he claims he needs in life. His face serves as a protective covering for his brain, and can be detached when damaged. Knucklehead rose to squad commander and is attached to the Boiling Metal Battalion. An illustration by Yukito Kishiro for the 2003 Ultra Jump calendar depicts him as having a black body and dark gray body.[1]


A Boiling Metal ambush of Factory Train 12 is led by Knucklehead. Aboard the train are Alita, who is now a TUNED agent, and Figure Four and Yolg, who are serving as rail mercenaries. Knucklehead is the only member of his squad to survive Alita’s counterattack and his head is taken by her for interrogation. However it gets lost in a desert tornado that Alita and her companions get caught in. The head is recovered by Knucklehead's parent unit, the Boiling Metal battalion, and restored to a cyborg body. Begging Colonel Bozzle for the chance to avenge his decimated squad, Knucklehead is given a platoon of socket soldiers, but is unaware that he is being used as decoy. The platoon ignores Knucklehead's orders when they see his arrogance, but gets wiped out by Alita. The timely intervention of the rest of the battalion saves Knucklehead, but he is humiliated and demoted, seething with hatred for Alita and resentment at his treatment.

48 hours after Alita has lost contact with the Ground Investigation Bureau and the Boiling Metal is camped for the night while on its way to attack Factory Farm 22, Knucklehead turns on the Barjack. Shooting Bozzle, he kidnaps Alita after having sabotaged the battalion's guns, socket soldiers and vehicles to prevent pursuit. Taking Alita to a sand dune, he gives her her Damascus Blade and arms himself with a Kampfpistole Z for a duel. Before they can carry it out however, Figure intervenes, attacking and killing Knucklehead.

Knucklehead is also shown as one of the soldiers who was interviewed by B.B. Buick.

Other appearancesEdit

Knucklehead appears in Gunnm: Martian Memory as an enemy boss during the Angel of Death arc of the story. He is depicted as missing his face covering, having a red brain and yellow eyes,and wears dark blue body armor and green pants. Fogia fights him twice, first after Factory Train 12 is derailed, and again when he rescues Gally.


  1. "Calendar of GLO" Accessed 2011-04-12
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