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Mega Chopper,[1] later known in Japan as Kapu-kapu (カプカプ[2] kapukapu?), is an enemy in the Sonic the Hedgehog series. It is a mass-produced, piranha-based Badnik model created by Dr. Robotnik.


Despite the name, Mega Choppers are actually small red-colored, fish-based Badniks with sharp teeth and silver caudal fins.

Game appearances

Sonic the Hedgehog 3 & Knuckles


In Sonic the Hedgehog 3 and its lock-on continuation Sonic the Hedgehog 3 & Knuckles, this Badnik is referred to as the Mega Chopper.[1] In these games, they can be found swimming around or leaping up from below the floor in Hydrocity Zone.

Unlike most Badniks, a Mega Chomper does not damage the player directly; instead, it latches onto the playable characters when they get close and drains them of their Rings at a steady rate until they are gone, resulting in death. In addition, as long as the Mega Chopper is attached, the character's speed is reduced and they will be unable to use the Spin Jump, Spin Attack and Spin Dash; additionally, if Knuckles is on a wall and a Mega Chopper latches onto him, he will not be able to climb the wall or jump off.

To throw off the Mega Chopper, one must quickly press left and right on Controlpadds.png. Alternatively, the player can force the playable character into a Spin Attack by entering winding tubes (in Act 1) or the turquoise half-pipe slides (in Act 2). One can also let themselves get damaged so the Mega Chopper will fall off. Otherwise, Mega Chopper can be defeated using the Spin Jump or Spin Attack before getting bitten or by having Invincibility.

Sonic Mania

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In Sonic Mania, and its expansion Sonic Mania Plus, the Mega Choppers appear as enemies. In terms of design, they look exactly like they did in their debut. In these games, they only appear in the underwater sections of Hydrocity Zone.

In gameplay, the Mega Choppers behave just like in their debut game: they latch onto the playable characters and drain them of their Rings until the characters either die or shake them off. Also, upon destroying a Mega Chopper, it will release an Animal.




  1. 1.0 1.1 Sonic the Hedgehog 3 (Sega Genesis) United States instruction booklet, pg. 22.
  2. (in Japanese) ソニック・ザ・ヘッジホッグ3 公式ガイドブック. Shogakukan. 1 July 1994. p. 11. ISBN 978-4091024794.

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