First seen jumping out at Sonic from under the bridges of Green Hill Zone, this deadly Piranha robot is back and still hungry!
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Appearances in other media
Chopper ( is recurring enemy in バタバタ Bata-Bata ) ? series. They are piranha-type Sonic the Hedgehog Badnik models created by Dr. Eggman which first appeared in . Choppers are not very menacing, but can launch surprise attacks from below bridges and water routes.
Sonic the Hedgehog (1991)
Based on piranhas, the Choppers have a red mechanical body with a white dorsal fin, pelvic fins, anal fin and fishtail. Their pelvic fins in particular are attached with blue bases. They also have serrated teeth which they flash at all times. The original models had several bolts on their body, though updated unites had a few holes in their dorsal fin as well. The originals also had black eyes with white sclera, but later designs gained cyan eyes with black sclera.
The Choppers' size has varied over the series. They have been smaller than
Sonic himself, but in and Sonic Colors they are much larger. The details of their design has also varied. In Sonic Generations , they closely resemble Sonic the Hedgehog 4 Mashers from , but in Sonic the Hedgehog 2 Sonic Colors they were menacing and had a new color scheme. In Sonic Generations though, they regained their old color scheme. Since , Choppers returned to their original design, with the addition of cyan eyes.
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Powers and abilities
In almost every game the Choppers have appeared in, they reside in pools of water under bridges where they will pop out of to bite the player. In
and Sonic Adventure 2 , Chopper arches over the bridge, while in Sonic Generations , the player can attack them with Sonic Dash Homing Attacks to cross over large gaps.
Sonic the Hedgehog (1991)
In their first appearance in the 16-bit version of
, Chopper appears in the Sonic the Hedgehog Green Hill Zone. Here, it will simply keep jumping up from under a bridge to bite the player. It is very easy to destroy.
In 8-bit version of
the game with same name, the Chopper has a slightly different appearance. It will occasionally be under a bridge or by a waterfall with a bottomless pit.
Sonic the Hedgehog 2 (8-bit)
In the 8-bit version of , Chopper-looking, unnamed Badniks appear at Sonic the Hedgehog 2 Crystal Egg Zone. Unlike their attack patterns in their first appearance, they slowly float around backwards and forwards and chomp on empty air.
They are also barely a threat to the player as they do not cross the player while running. They can be easily defeated with a
Spin Jump and do not have an organic battery like the other Badniks in the 8-bit games.
Sonic Adventure 2
Chopper as it appears in
. Sonic Adventure 2
Choppers appear in the unlockable
Green Hill Zone stage in and Sonic Adventure 2 . Instead of jumping up and down like in the original game, they jump over bridges in an arching motion. The Choppers are larger in this game.
Sonic Adventure 2: Battle
Sonic & Sega All-Stars Racing
. Sonic and Sega All-Stars Racing
, Choppers appear in two of the three Sonic & Sega All-Stars Racing Seaside Hill race courses as obstacles. Like in Sonic Adventure 2, the Chopper look larger than in their first appearance.
Sonic the Hedgehog 4: Episode I
The Chopper in
. Sonic the Hedgehog 4: Episode I
, Choppers returned as enemies in Sonic the Hedgehog 4: Episode I Splash Hill Zone. While having a more modernized appearance in this game, they usually have the same attack pattern from the first game, where they jump from pools of water at waterfalls.
Choppers appear in both the
Nintendo DS and Wii version of , where they ae encountered in the underwater sections of Sonic Colors Aquarium Park. Choppers in these games are colored pink, grey and yellow, though the concept arts relates this to Jaws. Throughout the six Acts of this Area, schools of normal-sized Choppers and very large Choppers infest the many waters that Sonic travels through.
In the Wii version, eight Choppers also appear in the underwater tunnel section in
Asteroid Coaster Act 6 and in several underwater sections in Game Land which are related to Aquarium Park and Asteroid Coaster.
Chopper as it appears in
. Sonic Generations
In both console/
PC and Nintendo 3DS versions of , Choppers can be found in Sonic Generations Green Hill and Seaside Hill. They have the same color scheme and uses the relatively same attack pattern from , though they are not powered by Sonic the Hedgehog (1991) Animals.
The Console/PC version of the game also feature
Mega Chopper that destroys the Grind Rails in a cave in an attempt to catch and defeat Modern Sonic. This Mega Chopper later reappears in Seaside Hill; if the player attempts to abuse the hydroplaning effects of the Sonic Boost and leave the Stage's boundaries, the Mega Chopper eats Sonic.
, the Choppers are featured in Sonic Dash Seaside Hill. A single Chopper can be seen jumping out of the ocean at same time the player has to jump between two routes. To proceed with the endless running, player has to jump and use the Homing Attack on the Chopper to get to the another side of the gap. If the player cannot perform the Homing Attack in time, the player may fall to the water while losing life or fail the Stage.
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Sonic attacking Choppers in
. Sonic Lost World
Choppers make another appearance in the
Wii U version of where they have their original appearance and are powered by Sonic Lost World Animals. During the game, it turns out that Badniks, Choppers included, got hijacked by the Deadly Six.
Choppers are featured in
Windy Hill Zone 1, 2, Frozen Factory Zone 1 and Sky Road Zone 1. In the 3D sections of the game, Choppers usually jump over bridges from rivers or oil lakes instead of directly attacking the player, while in 2.5D sections, they retain their attack patterns from where they jump at bridges to bite Sonic. However, their jumps are slower in this game, giving the player an easier time to destroy them with Sonic the Hedgehog (1991) Spin Jumping or the Focused Homing Attack.
In other media
Sonic the Comic
The Chopper in
. Sonic the Comic
series published by Sonic the Comic Fleetway Editions, the Choppers are a part of Dr. Robotnik's Badnik army which patrol the waters of the Green Hill Zone. Depending on the artist, the Chomper's design would differ between issues. They have also appeared on two covers and two pin-ups during the comic's run.
Adventures of Sonic the Hedgehog
The Choppers in
. Adventures of Sonic the Hedgehog
animated series, the Choppers are Badniks used by Adventures of Sonic the Hedgehog Dr. Robotnik and are entirely yellow. They made a brief in the episode " The Last Resort" where Scratch and Grounder released three Choppers on Sonic while he was water skiing, but ended up being used by Sonic to water ski.
The toy company
TOMY has released Chopper action figurine during the release of as it also includes a series of 21 Sonic figurines and these figurines came in packs of four under the Sonic & Knuckles Sonic & Knuckles label and were also released individually under a Sonic the Hedgehog label.
Chopper's Japanese name, "Bata-Bata", is the Japanese word for a clattering noise, expressing the jaw clutch noises that the Chopper often makes.
Choppers in closely resemble the Sonic the Hedgehog 4: Episode I Masher, causing many fans to believe they were said Badnik model when they were confirmed for the game.
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