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Chopper
Games: Sonic the Hedgehog (16-bit), Sonic the Hedgehog (8-bit), Sonic Adventure 2, Sonic the Hedgehog 4: Episode I, Sonic Colours, Sonic Colours (Nintendo DS), Sonic Generations, Sonic Mania, Sonic Forces

Chopper, called Batabata (バタバタ) in the Japanese manual, is the gnashing piranha fish that leaps up from under bridges to attack in Green Hill Zone in the 16-bit version of Sonic the Hedgehog, as well as in Bridge Zone on the 8-bit version. They can be easily destroyed by jumping on them as they come up; one should always be wary of them when one crosses a bridge.

Other Appearances

Sonic Adventure 2

Chopper made a repeat appearance in the bonus Green Hill stage in Sonic Adventure 2. It is very similar to Sonic 2's Masher. It awards 100 points when destroyed.

Sonic & Sega All-Stars Racing

After a long hiatus, Chopper is brought back to feature in the Seaside Hill tracks (Lost Palace and Ocean Ruin) in Sonic & Sega All-Stars Racing, as an obstacle in water pits. After this game, the badnik appears most regularly.

Sonic the Hedgehog 4

A redesigned Chopper that more closely resembles Sonic 2's Masher in appearance appears in Splash Hill Zone in Sonic the Hedgehog 4 Episode I. A toy version of this Chopper can be purchased as an Xbox Live Avatar Prop.

Sonic Colours

Choppers appear in submerged parts of Aquarium Park in Sonic Colours.

Sonic Generations

Choppers appear as enemies in Green Hill in Sonic Generations. A giant one is featured chasing Sonic down a system of rails.

Sonic Mania

Choppers reappear in Sonic Mania, where they once again inhabit the Green Hill Zone. This time around, there are two variations: the first behaves identically to the original version from Sonic the Hedgehog, leaping up from underneath bridges to attack the player; the second functions similar to Sonic 2's Chop Chop, slowly swimming horizontally through the pools of water found throughout the stage, and speeding up while snapping its jaws if the player gets too close.

Sonic Forces

Choppers reappear in Sonic Forces, in this game they acquire a militaristic look, like the other badniks in Sonic Forces, and appear again in areas located in Green Hill, like Lost Valley and Green Hill itself. As in their previous appearances, Choppers jump under bridges to hit the player. At the end of Green Hill, a series of Choppers appear as the bridge collapses into a cinematic style while the player passes by.

Technical information

Game Object ID # Code offset Mappings offset Compressed art offset Subparameters
Sonic the Hedgehog (16-bit) $2B $AB20 $ABCE $36B6C (Nemesis Format, 32 blocks) $00
Sonic the Hedgehog (Game Gear) $26
Sonic 2 (Nick Arcade) $2B $B718 $ACD9A $00
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