Created By: DragonQuestZAugust 11, 2013 Last Edited By: DragonQuestZAugust 13, 2013
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Cool Copter

A helicopter is a cool vehicle to use, and thus some shows make it prominent.

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There were a coupl ykttw's about helicopters, and I think they were discarded. This is an attempt to get a legit trope about copters.

Also, I'll folderize the examples after launching, or if the ykttw code first is redone to accept those.
"We have a special helicopter, that goes underwater. You guys are fucked!"
-- Bonnie Knight, Angel and the Knight

A helicopter is featured prominently in a work, just because it's cool to have one.

This is because while helicopters have a pretty utilitarian use (flight in ways that airplanes cannot), it does it in such a cool way. Thus while fiction will often show helicopters doing what they were meant to do, they often make the copters a significant part of the work, even to the point of Garnishing The Story with them (as in other vehicles could be used, but a copter is better than not using one).

Ways to tell if it's this trope is if the copter is a major part of the show, whether it's the primary vehicle or among the arsenal the characters have. It could also be part of the Unlockable Content in a game (you beat a mission, here's a copter to have fun with the next missions). A Shoot Em Up Video game will be this trope if a copter is at least one of the playable vehicles.

Now the way to tell if it's not this trope is if the copter is just there. Jurassic Park doesn't count, since the copter is just to get them on and off the island. Neither does it count if there's an evac copter in a war movie (unless it's about the evac team), so "Get to the choppa!" is not an example either. Nor does it count when a video game has a Rail Shooter where you ride a helicopter, as it's just something you are riding on.

A Super Trope to Future Copter (as most examples make them at least somewhat prominent to show them off).

A Sister Trope to Cool Plane.

Contrast Helicopter Flyswatter, Hellish Copter (in that both just make the wrecking of the copters the prominent part).

Examples

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Film
  • The film Fire Birds is about the army and DEA using their own cool copters to fight against the villain and his cool copter.
  • In the first Transformers movie, the Decepticon Blackout disguises himself as a helicopter.

Live Action TV
  • The eponymous copter in Airwolf was an experimental vehicle that the main character uses.

Video Games
Community Feedback Replies: 18
  • August 11, 2013
    Paradisesnake
    Umm, Just for the Heli of It is still up? It's not launched yet but it still exists.
  • August 11, 2013
    DragonQuestZ
    ^ Well, if that works, we can merge these.
  • August 12, 2013
    69BookWorM69
    ^ Um, not really. Just for the Heli of It is awaiting two more hats (though I may launch it with three, since it has so many examples. I also think that trope is different than this one (more like a sibling). That one has a bigger element of criticism (often explicit) in-universe that this one doesn't. Perhaps conflating that one and this one is why the earlier YKTTW was discarded.
  • August 12, 2013
    lakingsif
    Cool Copter = Cool Plane, and is included in that, a.k.a. the reason things like this were discarded in the first place.

    Just for the Heli of It is where people use helicopters because they can afford to. This implies it's cool, and that would be a subtrope of Cool Plane or, if you get this ready and uproot some of that, Cool Copter.
  • August 12, 2013
    Larkmarn
    This isn't even Cool Copter, this is just "works with helicopters in them."

    If you want to clarify the description and laconic to make this into a sister trope to Cool Plane, that might be something. As is, this is absolutely not tropable.
  • August 12, 2013
    DAN004
    I'm thinking of copters which have special features that distinguishes it from "regular" copters, like some of Cool Plane and Cool Car.

    BTW, does this count?
    • Gyro Man in Mega Man 5 is a robot with helicopter features. More pronounced with its Net Navi counterpart in Mega Man Battle Network 5 where he can even transform into one.
  • August 12, 2013
    KZN02
    See also Helicopter Pack.
  • August 12, 2013
    DragonQuestZ
    "Cool Copter = Cool Plane, and is included in that, a.k.a. the reason things like this were discarded in the first place."

    I know we have that trope, but a helicopter and airplane are two distinct vehicles. It would be like saying we shouldn't have made Cool Bike because we already have Cool Car. There would be nothing wrong with splitting off a Sister Trope.

    "This isn't even Cool Copter, this is just "works with helicopters in them.""

    I specifically addressed that with prominence requirement, which was elaborated in the middle of the description.

    "I'm thinking of copters which have special features that distinguishes it from "regular" copters, like some of Cool Plane and Cool Car."

    Well I think assault helicopters could count, since some games let you play with those.
  • August 12, 2013
    Larkmarn
    You addressed it... and then went and had works that were just "works with helicopters."

    Even if there were a distinction, it'll be so indistinct that it will attract massive misuse. I'd be fine with Dan's suggestion about making a Cool Copter trope about, well, cool helicopters separate from Cool Plane, but as-is, this isn't workable.
  • August 12, 2013
    DragonQuestZ
    "and then went and had works that were just "works with helicopters.""

    And you haven't actually stated which ones I supposedly did.
  • August 12, 2013
    randomsurfer
    In the early 1980s action-adventure hourlong Riptide the private detectives of the show have their own helicopter: an Army surplus Vietnam-era Sikorsky H-34 called the "Screaming Mimi," painted bright pink with eyes and a giant mouth on the nose.

    [note: don't Wiki Word "Riptide," because that links to an unrelated book.]

    [EDIT vv: The show isn't on this wiki at all.]
  • August 12, 2013
    Larkmarn
    Transformers and the GTA-examples other than the Radio one for sure. The Shoot Em Up examples are borderline.
  • August 12, 2013
    DragonQuestZ
    ^ 1. Vice City I can give, since it was just for one mission, but San Andreas gives an attack helicopter as a reward. That certainly counts.

    2. One of the villains in the first Transformers film, who is there from the opening to the climax, isn't prominent?

    3. Having helicopters throughout the entire game is only borderline prominent?

    ^^ Then you namespace it Series/.
  • August 12, 2013
    Larkmarn
    He had maaaaaaaaaybe two lines in the movie. Granted his opening scene was probably the best part of the movie, but I wouldn't say anyone but the humans (sadly), the Autobots, Barricade, Frenzy, Megatron and Starscream are really prominent in the first movie. He was window dressing.

    As for the SA, lots of things are rewards. Guns, money, cars... doesn't make them prominent.

    And then for the Shoot Em Up examples, no mention is made of whether attention is called to it, or anything about whether it's anything but (again) window dressing.

    Part of my issue is that this is snowclones off of Cool Plane, even though it's unrelated.

    And "works that prominently have a helicopter" isn't really a trope. Just turn the trope into "really cool helicopters" and it's fine.
  • August 12, 2013
    DragonQuestZ
    "He had maaaaaaaaaybe two lines in the movie."

    That has squat to do with this trope.

    "As for the SA, lots of things are rewards. Guns, money, cars... doesn't make them prominent."

    A powerful weapon as unlockable is prominent. And the Hunter is a powerful vehicle.

    "And then for the Shoot Em Up examples, no mention is made of whether attention is called to it, or anything about whether it's anything but (again) window dressing."

    It's the vehicle you use in the game. What part of that isn't clear in the description or examples?

    "Part of my issue is that this is snowclones off of Cool Plane, even though it's unrelated."

    Well "prominent" is a problem with "cool", although Cool Horse doesn't require a tricked out horse, just that the horse is an important part of the story.

    "And "works that prominently have a helicopter" isn't really a trope."

    Again, Garnishing The Story. It's in the description.
  • August 13, 2013
    Larkmarn
    See, we're back to "what is prominent." You think a character with ten minutes of screentime counts as prominent when 90% of moviegoers wouldn't know his name walking out of the theater. That suggests to me right off the bat that, well, pretty much anything is fair game for "prominent."

    And that's not the definition of Cool Horse at all... a Cool Horse is a horse that has some sort of unrealistic ability (be it simply being more well-trained than it should be) or cool design. It being important isn't part of the trope.
  • August 13, 2013
    DashSpendar
    I think this'd be fine except that most of the really tropeworthy elements are covered by Just For The Heli Of It. What's distinct from that and left isn't really tropeworthy, IMO. It'd still need a new name tho, since it doesn't really fit the pattern of Cool Plane or Cool Car. But yeah as is the strikes me as People Sit In Chairs. People do use helicopters and they're cool. However, the other YKTTW covers people using them BECAUSE they're cool. If you want to do with Dan and Lark are saying about turning this into a Cool Plane-esque trope about particularly cool choppers in fiction that would be fine with me. I don't see why that idea got shot down (SHOT DOWN, GET IT) in previous YKTT Ws.
  • August 13, 2013
    DragonQuestZ
    ^ Well I could redefine it to copters that can do more than just fly and carry (including assault helicopters). It would still need more than just showing up in a scene.

    But you're still misusing People Sit On Chairs. Prominence means there was an intent to use them. You can disagree that's enough for a trope, but it cannot be chairs.

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