Professor Chops

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Professor Chops
Species Pig
First appearance Donkey Kong Country Returns (2010)
Latest appearance Super Smash Bros. Ultimate (spirit cameo) (2018)
“Who is that pig anyway? And why's he wearing glasses?”
Cranky Kong, Donkey Kong Country Returns

Professor Chops is an ally in Donkey Kong Country Returns and Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze. He is a stout, anthropomorphic pig who wears large, round glasses. His main role is providing information to the Kongs throughout their adventure.


Donkey Kong Country series[edit]

Donkey Kong Country Returns / Donkey Kong Country Returns 3D[edit]

In Donkey Kong Country Returns and its Nintendo 3DS version, he is known as the tutorial pig.[1] As his name suggests, the tutorial pig teaches the game controls to Donkey Kong and Diddy Kong, and also how to utilize some mechanics, such as climbing vines or using Rocket Barrels. However, one of the tutorial pig's main roles is marking the checkpoint when the Kongs pass it. If the Kongs lose a life after passing a checkpoint, their Red Balloon floats them back to that checkpoint. Also, if the Kongs lose eight lives in the same level, the tutorial pig pops up, either from the start or at checkpoint (depending on the Kong's progress) and allows them to use the Super Guide feature. The tutorial pig also appears during the Time Attack mode, where he holds a green flag at the start of the level. When the Kongs hit the Slot Machine Barrel at the end, the tutorial pig emerges from it holding a checkered flag.

Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze[edit]

Professor Chops returns in Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze and its Nintendo Switch port, fulfilling nearly every role from the previous game, including gameplay tutor, checkpoint marker, and Time Attack marshal. However, he does not offer the Super Guide feature, which was omitted from the game. His checkpoint also received a redesign.

Several duplicates of Professor Chops appear in a hidden area of Mangrove Cove, tossing Banana Bunches at the Kongs, who must collect them all in order to obtain a Puzzle Piece. This is the only instance within the actual game to reveal that Professor Chops may be part of a group of anthropomorphic pigs akin to him. Several pieces of concept artwork unlockable as extras further show that the factories inside Juicy Jungle were originally intended to be inhabited and operated by pigs like Professor Chops, and one artwork even depicts a Cycladic-like town populated by such pigs.

A figurine of Professor Chops can be dispensed at random by the Capsule Toy Machine after the player beats all levels in Secret Seclusion.

Super Smash Bros. series[edit]

Professor Chops appears in the form of a collectible item in a few games of the Super Smash Bros. series. In both Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS and Super Smash Bros. for Wii U, there is a trophy of Professor Chops, unlockable in the former game by clearing all challenges on the second panel and in the latter game by purchasing it from the Trophy Shop. The trophy lists him as "Tutorial Pig," taken from his initial name, but makes note of his more recent name in the description. In Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, Professor Chops appears as a Novice-class support spirit which, when used, occupies one support slot and increases the fighter's stamina in battle. In World of Light, the spirit is located at the south of the Light Realm, blocking the way to a treasure chest. The spirit's puppet fighter is a white Donkey Kong fought on the Kongo Falls stage; the color of Donkey Kong used for this spirit battle references the Super Kong guide from Donkey Kong Country Returns, which Professor Chops provides in that game.

Profiles and statistics[edit]

Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze[edit]

  • Prima Games guide (page 11): "This somewhat husky pig makes a return visit from the previous title as the checkpoint guide and instruction guru. In the beginning and throughout some later levels, Professor Chops will explain and reiterate control maneuvers from basic to complicated. Be sure to heed his advice, as it may be the only way through to the next section of the level. This guy will also grant you checkpoint status once, twice, and, sometimes, three times in a level. Once he waves his flag as you pass, you will return to this point if misfortune occurs and you are defeated."

Play Nintendo[edit]

Super Smash Bros. series[edit]

Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS / Wii U[edit]

Tutorial Pig
Tutorial Pig Trophy.png
Wii U:
Tutorial Pig trophy from Super Smash Bros. for Wii U
Category: Series Related
(Applies only to the Wii U version) Appears in:
Wii Donkey Kong Country Returns (11/2010)
Wii U Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze (02/2014)
(Applies only to the Wii U version) Trophy Box: 19: Donkey Kong Country Returns
How to unlock:
(Logo for the Nintendo 3DS.) Complete all challenges on the second panel
(Wii U Logo.svg) Purchasing it from the Trophy Shop
A mysterious pig from Donkey Kong Country Returns, he helps out if you're having trouble. He brings in a blue-tied, silver Donkey Kong to show you how to beat the harder parts. But who is this pig anyway? He actually prefers to go by...Professor Chops! (American English)
A little pig who appears in Donkey Kong Country Returns to show you the ropes. If you're really stuck, he'll even get Super Kong to finish the level for you. "Tutorial Pig" can't be his real name, though, can it? Of course not! It's actually...Professor Chops! (British English)

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate spirit[edit]

# Name Image Series / game Type Class Strength / effect(s) How to obtain Spirit battle
Opponent(s) Battle conditions Stage Song
158 Professor Chops Professor Chops's Spirit sprite from Super Smash Bros. Ultimate Donkey Kong Series Support (1) Novice Stamina ↑ World of Light (Light Realm) Donkey Kong Rule: Banana Peel
  • The enemy can instantly escape from movement-disabling moves
Kongo Falls Jungle Hijinxs


Names in other languages[edit]

Tutorial Pig[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese おたすけピッグ
Otasuke Piggu
Tutorial Pig

Dutch Hulpvarken
French Cochon savant
Savant pig
German Tutorial-Schwein
Tutorial Pig
Italian Maestro maialino
Piglet teacher
Portuguese Porco Conselheiro
Adviser Pig
Russian Свин-инструктор

Spanish Cerdito consejero
Adviser pig

Professor Chops[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese チョップス先生せんせい
Choppusu Sensei
Professor Chops

Dutch Professor Chops
French Professeur Chops
Professor Chops
German Professor Chops
Italian Professor Chops
Portuguese Professor Costeleta
Professor Chop
Russian Профессор Отбивнов
Profyessor Otbivnov
Professor Chops

Spanish Profesor Chops
Professor Chops


  1. ^ Donkey Kong Country Returns instruction booklet, pages 11 and 22 (American English) or pages 16 and 27 (British English).