Chopper (バタバタ Bata-Bata?) is a piranha-type Badnik model created by Dr. Ivo "Eggman" Robotnik. It made its first appearance in the original 16-bit version of Sonic the Hedgehog. Choppers are not very menacing, but can launch surprise attacks from below bridges and water routes attempting to bite at trespassers.
Chopper as a Badnik is based on a piranha. They have a red mechanical body and a white dorsal fin, pelvic fins, anal fin and fishtail. Chopper's pelvic fins are set to the body with blue bases. Also Chopper has serrated teeth on its mouth and it likes to snap its jaws all the time. The original design had several bolts in its body while updated designs seems to have added a few holes on its dorsal fin and a white underbelly. Also the original design used normal white eyes with black pupils, while later designs have black eyes with cyan colored pupils.
In the games, the Chopper's size varies as they can be smaller than Sonic himself, while in later games, they are shown to be bigger and can jump over bridges in arching movements. One Chopper model, the Mega Chopper (not the one in Sonic 3, but in Sonic Generations) is shown to be massive and extremely menacing.
Powers and abilities Edit
In almost every game that this Badnik has appeared, Choppers reside near a bridge, as it will keep jumping up while trying to hit the player with its chomping, serrated teeth. In Sonic Adventure 2 and Sonic Generations, it arches over the bridge. In Sonic Dash, you must attack them with Homing Attacks to cross over large gaps.
Game Appearances Edit
Sonic the Hedgehog (Original Game) Edit
The first appearance of the Chopper is in the original Sonic the Hedgehog video game for the Sega Mega Drive, Chopper appears in the Green Hill Zone. It will simply keep jumping from under a bridge trying to bite the player. It is very easy to destroy, and nearly impossible to get hit by one.
In 8-bit version of the game with same name, Chopper has a little different appearance. It will occasionally be under a bridge or by a waterfall with a bottomless pit. In Jungle Zone, there is only one of these that is actually menacing.
Sonic Adventure 2 Edit
Chopper appears at the unlockable Green Hill Zone stage in Sonic Adventure 2. Instead of jumping up and down like in the original game, it jumps over the bridges in an arching motion. Choppers are larger in this game and are more mechanical in appearance.
Sonic & SEGA All-Stars Racing Edit
Chopper makes an appearance in Sonic & Sega All-Stars Racing at Lost Palace and Ocean Ruin courses as an obstacle. It jumps out of gaps between the ends of broken bridges attempting to knock out racers. Like in Sonic Adventure 2, Choppers look bigger than they were built originally, but they retain their Sonic 1 appearance and look less mechanical.
Sonic the Hedgehog 4 Edit
Chopper returned as an enemy at Splash Hill Zone in Sonic the Hedgehog 4: Episode I. Having a slightly different appearance in the game (looking more like modernized Masher badniks), they normally have the same attack pattern from the first game as jumping out of waterfalls.
Sonic Colors Edit
Choppers appear in both Wii and Nintendo DS versions of Sonic Colors, as these badniks can be found at underwater sections of Aquarium Park.
In the Wii version, eight Choppers appear at underwater tunnel section in Act 6 of Asteroid Coaster and at several underwater sections in Game Land which are related to Aquarium Park and Asteroid Coaster.
Choppers in the DS version are oddly colored as pink, grey and yellow, though the concept art relates this to Jaws. Throughout the six acts of this zone, schools of Choppers along with very large Choppers infest the many waters that Sonic encounters.
Sonic Generations Edit
Chopper reappears in Sonic Generations as it can be found at Act 1 of Green Hill and Seaside Hill. The game also features the new and intimidating Mega Chopper in Act 2 of Green Hill. It destroys the grind rails in a cave in an attempt to catch and destroy Modern Sonic. The Mega Chopper later reappears in Seaside Hill Act 2; if the player attempts to abuse the hydroplaning effects of the Sonic Boost and leave the level's boundaries, the Mega Chopper eats Sonic.
Sonic Dash Edit
Choppers make appearance in Sonic Dash, as being featured in Seaside Hill. A single Chopper can be seen jumping on the ocean at same time, as the player has to jump over wide gaps between two routes. To proceed with endless running, player has to jump and do the Homing Attack on the Chopper while destroying it to get to the other side of the gap. If the player couldn't perform the Homing Attack in time, the player may fall to the water while losing a life or the whole endless running.
Sonic Lost World Edit
Choppers makes another reappearance in Sonic Lost World as regular enemies at Windy Hill. During the game, it turns out that Badniks, Choppers included, were hijacked by the Deadly Six. Choppers, while having much simpler designs this time, seem to have also similar and simpler attack patterns from their previous appearances of the series, as jumping over bridges or from waterfalls. These Badniks can also be found jumping similarly this time on spiral tube sections as well. The player can to destroy these by jumping on them or performing the Homing Attack on them.
In other media Edit
Sonic the Comic Edit
Chopper made a few appearances in the British publication Sonic the Comic, as a member of Doctor Robotnik's Badnik army but usually getting destroyed by Sonic himself. Chopper has appeared in two covers and two pin-ups during the comic's run.
Adventures of Sonic the Hedgehog Edit
Chopper made a brief appearance in the Adventures of Sonic the Hedgehog animated series, only they were colored yellow with red eyes. In the episode "The Last Resort", Scratch and Grounder released three Choppers to go after Sonic while he was water skiing. Sonic ended up tying his rope to the Choppers and he playfully started water skiing behind the bewildered piranha Badniks.
Related Badniks Edit
The toy company TOMY released Chopper action figurines during the release of Sonic & Knuckles as it also includes a series of 21 Sonic figurines. These figurines came in packs of four under the 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 when snapping at enemies.
- Chopper appears in Sonic and the Black Knight in winning Fan Art.
- The Mega Chopper from Sonic Generations resembles a catfish.
- In Sonic the Hedgehog CD, the Chopper is replaced by the Taga-Taga. Strangely, Taga-Taga Badniks only act like Choppers in the Bad Future on Palmtree Panic.
- Chopper's Sonic the Hedgehog 4: Episode I appearance bears close resemble to Masher. Many fans thought Chopper to be Masher when the Badnik was confirmed to the game, because of its look and color scheme.