Helicopter Pack

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 issue).

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.

A Sub-Trope of Flight and Awesome Backpack. See also Future Copter for the vehicular version.


Anime & Manga
  • Yu-Gi-Oh! GX's manga has Elemental Hero Stratos, who has rotor/wing hybrids.
  • Heavyarms gets one in the Gundam Wing remake Glory of the Losers.

Comic Books



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.

  • 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.

Video Games
  • 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.

  • 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.

Western Animation

Real Life