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The 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.



In Sonic the Hedgehog 3 and the lock-on game Sonic the Hedgehog 3 & Knuckles, Mega Choppers appear as enemies that are found swimming around in the underwater areas or leaping up from below the floor in Hydrocity Zone.

Unlike most Badniks, a Mega Chopper 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 or 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 tunnels (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. When Mega Choppers are destroyed, they will release the Animals inside of them and award the player with 100 points.

Powers and abilities

Mega Choppers are expert swimmers. They can also latch onto their prey and drain them of their Rings.



  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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