A Piranha inspired robot which was last seen in "AQUATIC RUIN ZONE" in "Sonic 2". It lurks underwater hunting for its next victim. Once they spot Sonic and his friends, nothing will stop their rapid approach and attempt to crush them with its powerful jaw.
— Profile, Sonic the Hedgehog 4: Episode II website
The Chop Chop (ピラーナ Pirāna?, lit. "Piranha"), alternatively spelled as ChopChop, is an enemy in the Sonic the Hedgehog series. It is a piranha-type Badnik created by Dr. Eggman, that hovers underwater sections at high speed while moving his sharp teeth on mouth, making it difficult to dodge.
- 1 Appearance
- 2 Game appearances
- 3 Powers and abilities
- 4 In other media
- 5 Trivia
- 6 Gallery
- 7 References
Chop Chops are similar to Choppers and Mashers, however it does have many alterations on its design. The majority of the upper mechanical body is colored blue while lower body is yellow. Chop Chops have only single dorsal- and anal fin, which are yellow and grey coloring. Each side of this Badnik's lower body has a grey motor that keeps it moving. The mouth of Chop Chop also has sharp teeth. Each side of their mouths' corners has a grey bolt, which may indicate an eye.
The appearance of Chop Chop in Sonic the Hedgehog 4: Episode II is slightly different, as the anal fin is replaced with two yellow and white pelvic fins and motors are seen to have turbines as well. Both bolts have sharp eye while the yellow, lower jaw is larger than before.
Sonic the Hedgehog 2 (16-bit)
The first appearance of this Badnik was in the 16-bit version of Sonic the Hedgehog 2, where it served as an enemy. This time around, this Badnik is referred to as Chop Chop (ピラーナ Pirāna?, lit. "Piranha"). In this game, the player encounters them in the underwater sections in Aquatic Ruin Zone.
In gameplay, Chop Chops drift aimlessly in their waters. They also move in pairs and sometimes these Badniks lurk at places, where they are not be easy to be noticed. Once they spot the playable character however, they jet off at high speeds and charge in the playable character's direction with their jaws mashing. These Badniks can also catch the player unaware by charging backwards too.
With water physics slowing down movement as it is, the Chop Chops' fairly fast charge can be hard to avoid, so it is best to avoid the waters altogether. However, if a Chop Chop attacks the player, it can be destroyed with the Spin Jump or Spin Attack at right time. Also, upon their destruction, they release an Animal.
Sonic the Hedgehog Pocket Adventure
Chop Chops make their second appearance in Sonic the Hedgehog Pocket Adventure. These Badniks are seen at Aquatic Relix Zone, which contains similar Badniks and gimmicks. Chop Chops are seen in the underwater sections and have their same attack pattern from Sonic the Hedgehog 2. Also, upon their destruction, they release an Animal.
Sonic the Hedgehog 4: Episode II
Chop Chop makes their reappearance in Sonic the Hedgehog 4: Episode II. The Badnik looks similar to the one in Sonic the Hedgehog 2, though it has a smoother appearance and its eyes are open. Despite that, the attack pattern is almost same, except now it can now turn back and attack from behind the player. It appears in Sylvania Castle Zone and White Park Zone Act 3, being one of few enemies in the game that appear more than one Zone.
Powers and abilities
Chop Chops are quite fast swimmers and possess powerful jaws that can deliver lethal bites.
In other media
Sonic the Hedgehog Yearbook 1992
The large variation of Chop Chop has been appeared in Sonic the Hedgehog Yearbook 1992' story "Big Trouble", which has been created by Robotnik. Sonic and Tails encounter large Badnik underwater of Aquatic Ruin Zone, as they swim fast and leaving it behind easily.
Robotnik tries to smash them by using his Egg Mobile with a hammer extension, as Sonic keeps swimming with Rings being around. However, Robotnik doesn't notice that the Eggmmobile is moving into a large Chop Chop that is starting to open its mouth. Following a collision, Chop Chop and Egg Mobile gets destroyed while Robotnik flies to the pillar.
Adventures of Sonic the Hedgehog
A small number of Chop Chops appear in the Adventures of Sonic the Hedgehog television series. In the pilot, the Chop Chops, some Mashers and an Octus would chase Sonic around underwater when he tried to stop Dr. Robotnik's attempts to drain a lake. The Chop Chops mashers and Octus were all defeated when they became entangled in some seaweed that whipped up behind Sonic as he swam past them at high speed.