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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).

See also Future Copter.


Examples:

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

Film

Literature

Toys
  • Hero Factory: Rotor
  • In the UK in the 1970s, the Palitoy Action Man (the equivalent of GI Joe for Americans) had the highly desirable Turbo Copter 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.

Webcomics
  • 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
  • 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.
  • The Boogie Pack from Generator Rex.
  • 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.
  • 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.

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