Professor Chops

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

Professor Chops[1] (referred to as Tutorial Pig in Donkey Kong Country Returns) is a common character in Donkey Kong Country Returns, Donkey Kong Country Returns 3D, and Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze. He appears as a normal pig wearing large, round glasses.

As his old name suggests, Professor Chops gives the Kongs hints on how to perform certain actions, such as climbing vines, when they first encounter the obstacle. His main purpose in the game, however, is to mark the checkpoints in the game (replacing Star Barrels). When the heroes pass Professor Chops at certain points in the level and then lose a life afterwards, their Extra Life Balloon floats them back to the last checkpoint with the pig. Also, if Donkey and Diddy Kong are having trouble on a certain level, Professor Chops can let them use Super Kong, who can then finish off the remaining parts of the level. Additionally, the pig appears during the Time Attack mode, where he is seen starting off the level while holding a green flag. When the Kongs finish running through the level, Professor Chops celebrates with a checkered flag which stops the timer.

Similar pigs also appear in certain stages, tossing bananas to the Kongs.

Professor Chops also appears as a spirit in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate.

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

Name 3DS Image Wii U Image Appears in NTSC-U Description PAL Description
Tutorial Pig Tutorial Pig Trophy.png TutorialPigTrophyWiiU.png Wii Donkey Kong Country Returns (11/2010)
Wii U Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze (02/2014)
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! 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!

Blue indicates exclusive to the Wii U version.


Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese チュートリアル・ピッグ
Chūtoriaru Piggu
Chops Sensei
Tutorial Pig

Professor Chops
Spanish Cerdito consejero Adviser pig
Russian Профессор Отбивнов
Profyessor Otbivnov


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