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Not to be confused with Flaptor or Floater.
A Flopter from Super Mario 3D World.
First appearance Super Mario 3D World (2013)
Latest appearance Super Mario 3D World + Bowser's Fury (2021)
Flopters in The Bullet Bill Express of Super Mario 3D World
Two Flopters

Flopters[1] are bug-like enemies that appear in Super Mario 3D World. They also reappear in its Nintendo Switch port Super Mario 3D World + Bowser's Fury. They have a bee-like body and four wings, and attack by ramming into the player. Their name is a combination of the words "flower" and "copter", describing their appearance and behavior, respectively. Flopters can be defeated by any attack and are usually found in groups. When undisturbed, they normally fly at a high altitude. Flopters make their first appearance in the level The Bullet Bill Express. Flopters have wings that spin around rapidly much like Twirlips and Choppahs.

A Cat Flopter in Bowser's Fury
A Fur Spinner in Bowser's Fury

A cat form, Fur Spinner,[2] appears in Lake Lapcat in Super Mario 3D World + Bowser's Fury. They gain catlike features, such as paws and ears, but otherwise have the same behavior as their normal counterparts.

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Game File Name Meaning

Super Mario 3D World content/ObjectData/Spinner.szs Spinner -

Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese フラッパー[3]
Flapper; also a play on English word "flower"
French Flopter -
German Flopter -
Spanish (NOE) Zumbacóptero From "zumbar" (to buzz) and "helicóptero" (helicopter)


  1. ^ Musa, Alexander, and Geson Hatchett. Super Mario 3D World PRIMA Official Game Guide. Page 25.
  2. ^ Super Mario 3D World + Bowser's Fury internal filename (SpinnerFur)
  3. ^ Shogakukan. 2015. Super Mario Bros. Hyakka: Nintendo Kōshiki Guidebook, Super Mario 3D World section, page 227.