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An alternative to the Jet Pack, basically an Awesome Backpack 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 Gadgeteer Genius, 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 Jet Pack, both varieties tend to be more maneuverable but slower (and there's no Toasted Buns issue).

A Sub-Trope of Flight and Awesome Backpack. See also Helicopter Hair, Heli-Critter (the biological versions of the rotor variant), and Future Copter (the vehicular version of the jet variant).



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     Anime & Manga  

     Comic Books  

     Fan Works 
  • In Tales of a Reset Mind, Joy uses one of this to escape the Memory Dump in Part Two.
  • Rocketship Voyager. While in the cube-ship of the Psiborg Collective, Captain Janeway sees Psiborgs flying around a vast docking bay using contra-rotating rotor blades. When the docking bay is decompressed they have to race to land before there's no more air to support them, and other Psiborgs with Jet Packs take over.

     Films — Animated 
  • 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.

     Films — Live-Action  
  • Sleeper: Miles tries to escape from the police by donning a helicopter pack and flying away. It doesn't work very well.
  • The Whisperer in Darkness (2011): the aliens wear an engine pack with vibrating wings to pursue the protagonist in his biplane.
  • Agent Cody Banks: Cody uses the Solotrek XFV (below), although the scenes in the movie were produced by special effects.
  • The Vulture's suit in Spider-Man: Homecoming uses 2 ducted fans in addition to wings.

  • Robert A. Heinlein novel The Star Beast: both John Thomas Stuart and Betty Sorenson use one of these (called a "flight harness" in the book). The cover of the 1954 edition.
  • At the end of The Last Hero, Leonard of Quirm is shown with a Da Vinci aerial screw strapped to his back.
  • Bernard Wolfe's science-fiction novel Limbo had a society where people willingly amputate their own limbs and replace them with artificial ones. In one scene, a group of such cyborgs fly into a jungle clearing, using contra-rotating helicopter blades attached to an extended Artificial Limb.
  • Black Mans Burden, by Mack Reynolds: One character uses a heliohopper to impress the natives with his ability to fly, as it's basically this trope. On landing, it can be collapsed into a 75-pound pack.
  • Moon Of Ice by Brad Linaweaver. A Nazi assassin is implanted with a propaganda fantasy of him slaughtering giants using a four-bladed gauntlet that is both this trope and a weapon.

     Live Action TV  
  • The MythBusters built one in season four, but couldn't get it to lift off.
  • In the final episode of Come Back Mrs. Noah, The Plan is to lower the orbit of the runaway Space Station into the atmosphere so the crew can jump out wearing a heli-glidette. This leads to Mrs. Noah training how to use the device by jumping up and down on a trampoline in a wind tunnel, while wearing a silly silver costume and pulling the starter cord between her legs to start the engine. On live television.
  • Lady Fan, a TVB drama series set in the Tang Dynasty, has the supporting character, Ying-Lung, who is a rich playboy and genius inventor, creating a helicopter hat using Bamboo Technology, which can support an adult's weight and have it's wearer remain airborne for around ten minutes. Yes, in the Tang Dynasty. And because Reed Richards Is Useless, it never occurred to anyone in the show to mass-produce his inventions, instead dismissing Ying-Lung's various gadgets as "toys created by a bored rich playboy".

     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.
    • The Real American Hero line has had a couple of these as well.
  • 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.
  • Although the comic book adaptation doesn't describe it that way, in the original Micronauts action figure line, Acroyear's huge backpack is clearly designed to look like one of these.

     Video Games  
  • Roderick Hero of the early Activision game H.E.R.O. wore one of these.
  • In the first game of the Ratchet & Clank series, Clank gets upgraded with the Heli-Pack, allowing him to assist Ratchet in platforming with high jump, long jump, and glide maneuvers. Whenever it's used, a large propeller pops out of his head and two more emerge from his chest. It differs from the Thrusterpack in that it can't dash in the air (in the first game and Ratchet & Clank (2016) only) and it's slower when gliding in both descent speed and movement speed. However, it gets more height than the Thrusterpack due to different animations; the Thrusterpack's high jump has Ratchet jump at the same time that Clank boosts him upwards, while the Heli-Pack has Ratchet jump first before Clank lifts him higher. In Ratchet & Clank Future: A Crack in Time, Clank, when on his own, can use the Heli-Pack to perform an aerial boost upwards three times before landing, increasing his platforming prowess significantly. The duo's appearance in PlayStation All-Stars Battle Royale also allows them to glide using Clank's Heli-Pack.
  • Spawnable in Scribblenauts by typing "Helibackpack".
  • The weak point of the Baron K. Roolenstein of Donkey Kong Country 3: Dixie Kong's Double Trouble!. King K. Rool brings it back for use as his recovery move in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate.
  • 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.
  • The Copter Pack from Crash Bandicoot: The Wrath of Cortex is basically a simplified version of the rotor variant. See foryourself.

  • 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.
  • As pictured, in Generator Rex one of Rex's mechanical constructs is the Boogie Pack which 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.
  • Numbuh 2 of Codename: Kids Next Door has one in "Operation: P.R.E.S.I.D.E.N.T.". While the Kids Next Door are transporting the Fourth Grade President to City Hall in School Bus 1, Numbuh 2 makes use of this when he is sucked out of the bus by the Delightful Children from Down the Lane's robotic copy of the president. Numbuh 2 could only hopelessly look on as the bus flew out of sight after the fact, but then uses it to save the real Fourth Grade President from falling to his death and drop him off at city hall after he is kicked off the bus after duking it out with the robotic fake, while Numbuh 1 pilots the bus and the robot President to a junkyard, where he and the rest of the team destroy them in a trash compactor.
  • 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 Kopterpack from Spiral Zone.
  • Airwave, the Communications Officer from C.O.P.S., used one. Vowels, a character from the canceled third wave of the action figure line, would have had one too.
  • Kung Fu Panda: Legends of Awesomeness. After the defeat of his Humongous Mecha in "Sticky Situation", Taotie produces his 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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