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A Hop-Chop from Super Mario 3D World.
First appearance Super Mario 3D World (2013)
Latest appearance Super Mario 3D World + Bowser's Fury (2021)

Hop-Chops (formerly singularized Hop-Chop[1]) are uncommon enemies that appear in Super Mario 3D World, its Nintendo Switch port Super Mario 3D World + Bowser's Fury, and Super Mario Maker 2. They are sentient green springboards with a square head, red eyes, and sharp teeth. Their name is a portmanteau of "hop" and the phrase "chop-chop". These enemies usually appear in groups of three or more, and reside in areas where a springboard is required to obtain a collectible, such as a Green Star.


Super Mario 3D World / Super Mario 3D World + Bowser's Fury[edit]

An early concept art from Super Mario 3D World, depicting Hop-Chops.
Concept art of Hop-Chops

Hop-Chops debut in Super Mario 3D World, and are usually found in groups. When players approach a Hop-Chop, it will begin to bounce toward them. Hop-Chops can be defeated by any attack. Some Hop-Chops react slower than others; these ones turn into springboards when defeated, which the player can then carry and use. Usually, one Hop-Chop per group can turn into a springboard. If left as a springboard for too long, it will turn back into a Hop-Chop. This can also happen while it is carried.

Hop-Chops appear in Big Bounce Byway, Searchlight Sneak, and Mystery House Marathon.

Hop-Chops reappear in the game's Nintendo Switch port Super Mario 3D World + Bowser's Fury, where they act the same way as they do in Super Mario 3D World.

Super Mario Maker 2[edit]

A Big Hop-Chops in the Super Mario 3D World style from Super Mario Maker 2

Hop-Chops (singularized Hop-Chops for the first time) reappear as enemies that can be placed in Super Mario Maker 2 stages, exclusively in the Super Mario 3D World style. In this game, they no longer are defeated when jumped on, instead acting like Trampolines initially. When given wings, Hop-Chops jump and then hover above the ground before dropping back down.

Additional names[edit]

Internal names[edit]

Game File Name Meaning

Super Mario 3D World ObjectData/Skipper.szs Skipper -

Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese ホッパー
Hopper; shared with Punchy Paddy and Hopper
Chinese 跳跳机 (Simplified)
跳跳機 (Traditional)
Tiào Tiào Jī
Hopping Machine
Dutch Hop-Chops -
French Clip Hop
German Schnappolin From "schnappen" (to snap) and "trampolin" (trampoline)
Italian Bionbion From the onomatopoeia "boing"
Korean 뛰용뛰용
From "띠용띠용" (ttiyong-ttiyong, onomatopoeia for bouncing)
Russian Прыг-ням
From "прыг-скок" (pryg-skok, onomatopoeia for hopping) and "ням" (nyam, yum)
Spanish Ñampolín Portmanteau of "ñam" (yum) and "trampolín" (trampoline)


  1. ^ Musa, Alexander, and Geson Hatchett. Super Mario 3D World PRIMA Official Game Guide. Page 101. "Take the Hop-Chop that turned into the springboard with you as you cross the chasm using the giant Mushroom Trampolines. You’ve got to work fast, as the Hop-Chop will eventually recover and then you’ll drop it into the chasm. Cross the Checkpoint Flag, then go north from there and take the Hop-Chop with you up the steps; drop it at the center of the grass."