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[[caption-width-right:343:Note: [[WesternAnimation/ToyStory Not actually a flying toy.]]]]

An alternative to the JetPack, basically an AwesomeBackpack with helicopter blades.

There are two basic varieties:

1) The "rotor variant", which features (usually just one) helicopter rotor, usually sticking right out of the top of the pack, centered over the user's head. Tend to appear in SteamPunk settings, in the hands of the GadgeteerGenius, and in other situations where the author wants a more primitive-looking or whimsical design.

2) The "jet variant", which features (usually two) ducted fans or small jet engines, often stuck on the ends of long poles or wings. These tend to appear in more futuristic settings, or when the author wants a more realistic or military feel.

Compared to the JetPack, both varieties tend to be more maneuverable but slower (and there's no ToastedBuns issue).

A SubTrope of {{Flight}} and AwesomeBackpack. See also HelicopterHair, HeliCritter (the biological versions of the rotor variant), and FutureCopter (the vehicular version of the jet variant).




[[folder: Anime & Manga ]]
* ''Manga/YuGiOhGX'''s manga has Elemental Hero Stratos, who has rotor/wing hybrids.
* Heavyarms gets one in the ''Anime/MobileSuitGundamWing'' remake ''Glory of the Losers''.
* Both ''Manga/{{Appleseed}}'' and ''Anime/BubblegumCrisis'' have police micro-copters with close similarities.


[[folder: Comic Books ]]
* The Penguin's umbrella from ''Franchise/{{Batman}}''.
* ''ComicBook/TomStrong's'' [[http://www.comics.org/issue/213210/cover/4/ heli-pack.]]
* In ''Comicbook/SHIELD2010'', the Franchise/MarvelUniverse version of Creator/LeonardoDaVinci goes one step more retro with the [[http://robot6.comicbookresources.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/05/potw_shield1.jpg Ornithopter Pack]], which overlaps with WingedHumanoid.
* ''ComicBook/SpirouAndFantasio'': Fantasio invents one of these to win a competition in "Spirou et les Héritiers".
* Lex Luthor in the 1929 story of ''ComicBook/SupermanAndBatmanGenerations'' Series 1.
* Robota in ''ComicBook/PlanetTerry'' has a built-in helicopter pack that she uses to save Planet Terry from falling.
* Parodied in ''MortadeloYFilemon'', as a sort of parachute carried by Filemon that is ''manually operated'' using a crank and of course does not serve [[NotTheFallThatKillsYou to stop his fall]]

[[folder: Fanfic]]
* In ''Fanfic/TalesOfAResetMind'', Joy uses one of this to escape the Memory Dump in ''Part Two''.
[[folder: Film ]]
* ''Film/{{Sleeper}}'': Miles tries to escape from the police by donning a Helicopter Pack and flying away. [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Cmh-abe-1_U#t=1m37s It doesn't work very well.]]
* ''Film/TheWhispererInDarkness'' (2011): the aliens wear an engine pack with vibrating wings to pursue the protagonist in his biplane.
* ''Film/AgentCodyBanks'': Cody uses the Solotrek XFV (below), although the scenes in the movie were produced by special effects.

[[folder: Literature ]]
* Creator/RobertAHeinlein novel ''Literature/TheStarBeast'': both John Thomas Stuart and Betty Sorenson use one of these (called a "flight harness" in the book). [[http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/The_Star_Beast_cover_9836.jpg The cover of the 1954 edition.]]
* At the end of ''Discworld/TheLastHero'', Leonard of Quirm is shown with a [[http://www.da-vinci-inventions.com/aerial-screw.aspx Da Vinci aerial screw]] strapped to his back.

[[folder: Live Action TV ]]
* The ''{{Series/MythBusters}}'' built one in season four, but couldn't get it to lift off.

[[folder: Tabletop Games ]]
* ''Fate Accelerated Edition'' sample character Dr. Bethesda Flushing's mobility-enhancing Experimental Helo Pack stunt, as prominently seen in her image on the back cover.

[[folder: Toys ]]
* ''Toys/HeroFactory'': Rotor
* In the UK in the 1970s, the Palitoy ''Action Man'' (the equivalent of GI Joe for Americans) had the highly desirable [=TurboCopter=] backpack.
* The G.I. Joe "Adventure Team" line had one. ''This'' was part of a shared "power-pack" accessory: you got the battery-powered pack, and you could attach things like the helicopter as well as drills and saws (for rescues), signal lights, etc. The Adventure Team also featured a character called "Mike Power: Atomic Man" (a CaptainErsatz of Series/TheSixMillionDollarMan), who could fly with helicopter blades attached to his bionic hand.
** The ''Real American Hero'' line has had a couple of these as well.
* ''Franchise/{{Transformers|Generation 1}}: Action Masters'' Bumblebee came with a helicopter pack (appropriately named "Heli-Pack") that transformed into a cannon.
* Egon Spengler, of ''WesternAnimation/TheRealGhostbusters'', had one within the "Power Pack Heroes" line.
* The ''Film/PoliceAcademy'' toyline had a thief named Claw ([[InspectorGadget no, not that one]]) who used one of these in his getaways. The Joker later got this accessory when Kenner made their "Batman: The Dark Knight Collection" line.

[[folder: Video Games ]]
* [[AwesomeMcCoolname Roderick Hero]] of the early Creator/{{Activision}} game ''H.E.R.O.'' wore one of these.
* Clank becomes one in the ''Franchise/RatchetAndClank'' games.
* Spawnable in ''VideoGame/{{Scribblenauts}}'' by typing "Helibackpack".
* The weak point of the Baron K. Roolenstein of ''VideoGame/DonkeyKongCountry3DixieKongsDoubleTrouble''.
* A player-usable one appears in the second ''VideoGame/DarkCastle'' game.
* The hero of ''Blade Force'' uses one of these.
* ''VideoGame/MiniRobotWars'': During the [[NewGamePlus second episode]], many of the land-based Mooks get one, allowing them to become {{Airborne Mook}}s.
* The first boss of ''VideoGame/{{Bug}}'' (a giant snail) has a variant of this, where it retracts into its shell and helicopter blades come out of the top.
* The Barrier Soldiers in Area 5 of ''VideoGame/BionicCommando''.
* [[{{Kappa}} Nitori]] uses one in the ''VideoGame/{{Touhou}}'' FightingGame, ''Hopeless Masquerade''... which is a little weird since she could fly on her own.
* ''VideoGame/{{Skullgirls}}'': Painwheel can use her Buer Drive's blades like helicopter rotors to fly.
* The [[BizarreAlienLocomotion Sligs]] from ''[[Videogame/{{Oddworld}} Oddworld: Abe's Oddysee]]'' use a small variant that is attached to their lower spine and is controlled by two joysticks.
* In ''VideoGame/LeagueOfLegends'', winged character Kayle has a skin option (Riot Kayle) that replaces her wings with helicopter rotors.

[[folder: Webcomics ]]
* ''Webcomic/GirlGenius'' has a steampunk-version [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20110110 hybrid]] between this and JetPack, referred to as 'The Flight Raiment of King Darius the Incandescent'. Mk 2, ''of course''. Used by [[spoiler:Zola ]] to escape from Castle Heterodyne.

[[folder: Western Animation ]]
* WesternAnimation/InspectorGadget has one of these on his head.
* In ''WesternAnimation/TheTick'', the quartet of Swiss thieves wore giant Swiss army knives on their backs, with deployable helicopter blades for flight.
* Jack Spicer from ''WesternAnimation/XiaolinShowdown'' has a helicopter pack, he got it as a present when he turned evil.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheVentureBrothers'': in the episode "Hate Floats" Brock Sampson and Phantom Limb try out a couple of these.
* As pictured, in ''WesternAnimation/GeneratorRex'' one of [[ShapeshifterWeapon Re]][[{{Technopath}} x's]] mechanical constructs is [[http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/842d08c88da90695e0d8d0bf6473636b.PNG the Boogie Pack]] wich is capable of using part of its turbine to attack or grab an enemy. [[spoiler: [[WesternAnimation/Ben10GeneratorRexHeroesUnited And was even enhanced with rocket launchers by]] ''Upgrade'' [[WesternAnimation/Ben10GeneratorRexHeroesUnited in the crossover with Ben 10.]]]]
** [[spoiler:Black Knight]] eventually gains a similar version near the end of the series.
* ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'': Rainbow Dash's [[spoiler: pet tortoise Tank]] is fitted with one at the end of "May The Best Pet Win".
* The Rahaga in ''WesternAnimation/{{BIONICLE}} 3: Web of Shadows''. It's non-canon, but the filmmakers thought it would look cooler than having them climb everywhere. Their toys use these "packs" (actually Rhotuka spinners) as projectiles, so they're not really part of their anatomy.
* The Kopterpack from ''WesternAnimation/SpiralZone''.
* Airwave, the CommunicationsOfficer from ''WesternAnimation/{{COPS}}'', used one. Vowels, a character from the canceled third wave of the action figure line, would have had one too.
* ''WesternAnimation/KungFuPandaLegendsOfAwesomeness''. After the defeat of his HumongousMecha in "Sticky Situation", Taotie produces his SimpleStaff from which blades appear and spin menacingly. Rather than attack Po however, he just holds it up in the air and takes off promising WeWillMeetAgain...until his improvised helicopter crashes because his slacker son forgot to grease the mechanism.

[[folder: Real Life ]]
* Needless to say ThoseWackyNazis [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Baumg%C3%A4rtl_Heliofly_III worked on the concept with the Heliofly.]] One of the AwesomeButImpractical weapons covered in ''My Tank is Fight'' by Zack Parsons.
* The [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Martin_Jetpack Martin Jetpack.]] It's the first practical Helicopter Backpack in history and it's near-production, with first units ready this year and more basic ones as soon as 2016. Basically, IWantMyJetpack is on the verge of becoming a real option for the rich among us.
* The [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/SoloTrek_XFV Solotrek XFV]]. Showed up on the big screen in Film/AgentCodyBanks, but an incident during testing grounded it.