The Chopper is an enemy that appears in the Sonic the Hedgehog series. It is a mass-produced, piranha-based Badnik model created by Dr. Eggman, and the counterpart of the Chopper from an alternate dimension set in the recent past.
Based on piranhas, Choppers have a red mechanical body with a white dorsal fin, pectoral fins, anal fin and fishtail. Their pectoral fins in particular are attached to blue bases. They also have serrated teeth which they flash at all times.
In Sonic Mania Plus' Encore Mode, Choppers look the same, except that they have an orangeish hue on their bodies.
In the console/PC version and Nintendo 3DS version of Sonic Generations, the Choppers appear as enemies in Green Hill Act 1. In gameplay, they jump up from water pools in intervals. However, they will only be able to hit the player when they are falling down. They can be easily destroyed by attacking them with a Spin Attack-related move.
In Sonic Mania, and its expansion Sonic Mania Plus, Choppers are enemies found in both Acts of Green Hill Zone. In gameplay, Choppers come in two types. The first type of Choppers leap up from underneath bridges, damaging the playable character upon contact with them. The second type of Choppers are found in pools of water, slowly swimming from left to right. When they spot the playable character however, they will speed up and head towards them.
Regardless of the type, Choppers can be destroy easily by simply attacking them with a Spin Attack-related move. Upon their destruction, they will release an Animal and award the player with 100 points.
Powers and abilities
The Choppers are excellent swimmers who can jump up of waterfalls. They also possess powerful jaws that can deliver deadly bites.
The Mega Chopper is a variant of the Chopper that, despite its name, is smaller than the original Chopper and lacks many of its features. However, these Badniks can attach themselves to their victims, reducing their movements and Ring count. They first appeared in Sonic Mania.