An alternative to the Jet Pack
, basically an Awesome Backpack
with helicopter blades. Compared to the Jet Pack
, it tends to be more maneuverable but slower (and there's no Toasted Buns
Tends to appear in Steam Punk
settings due to the perceived simplicity of these vehicles but it ironically tends to have a more futuristic feeling than a Jet Pack
, though it's appearence in more futuristic settings is not unheard of.
and Awesome Backpack
. See also Future Copter
for the vehicular version.
Anime & Manga
- The MythBusters built one in season four, but couldn't get it to lift off.
- 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.
- Hero Factory: 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 Captain Ersatz of The Six Million Dollar Man), who could fly with helicopter blades attached to his bionic hand.
- Transformers: Action Masters Bumblebee came with a helicopter pack (appropriately named "Heli-Pack") that transformed into a cannon.
- Egon Spengler, of The Real Ghostbusters, had one within the "Power Pack Heroes" line.
- The Police Academy toyline had a thief named Claw (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.
- The hero of stone-age video game H.E.R.O. wore one of these.
- Clank becomes one in the Ratchet & Clank games.
- Spawnable in Scribblenauts by typing "Helibackpack".
- The weak point of the Baron K. Roolenstein of Donkey Kong Country 3.
- A player-usable one appears in the second Dark Castle game.
- The hero of Blade Force uses one of these.
- Mini Robot Wars: During the second episode, many of the land-based Mooks get one, allowing them to become Airborne Mooks.
- The first boss of 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 Bionic Commando.
- Nitori uses one in the Touhou Fighting Game, Hopeless Masquerade... which is a little weird since she could fly on her own.
- Skullgirls: Painwheel can use her Buer Drive's blades like helicopter rotors to fly.
- The Sligs from Oddworld: Abe's Oddysee use a small variant that is attached to their lower spine and is controlled by two joysticks.
- In League of Legends, winged character Kayle has a skin option (Riot Kayle) that replaces her wings with helicopter rotors.
- Girl Genius has a steampunk-version hybrid between this and Jet Pack, referred to as 'The Flight Raiment of King Darius the Incandescent'. Mk 2, of course. Used by Zola to escape from Castle Heterodyne.
- Inspector Gadget has one of these on his head.
- In The Tick, the quartet of Swiss thieves wore giant Swiss army knives on their backs, with deployable helicopter blades for flight.
- Jack Spicer from Xiaolin Showdown has a helicopter pack, he got it as a present when he turned evil.
- The Venture Bros.: in the episode "Hate Floats" Brock Sampson and Phantom Limb try out a couple of these.
- As pictured, in Generator Rex one of Rex's mechanical constructs is the Boogie Pack◊ wich is capable of using part of its turbine to attack or grab an enemy. And was even enhanced with rocket launchers by Upgrade in the crossover with Ben 10.
- Black Knight eventually gains a similar version near the end of the series.
- My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic: Rainbow Dash's pet tortoise Tank is fitted with one at the end of "May The Best Pet Win".
- The Rahaga in 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 Spiral Zone.
- Airwave, the Communications Officer from COPS, used one. Vowels, a character from the canceled third wave of the action figure line, would have had one too.
- Kungfu Panda Legends Of Awesomeness. : after the defeat of his Humongous Mecha in "Sticky Situation", Taotie produces his Simple Staff from which blades appear and spin menacingly. Rather than attack Po however, he just holds it up in the air and takes off promising We Will Meet Again...until his improvised helicopter crashes because his slacker son forgot to grease the mechanism.