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's that pig anyway? And why is he wearing glasses?”
Cranky Kong, Donkey Kong Country Returns

Professor Chops is a recurring ally in the Donkey Kong Country series, starting with Donkey Kong Country Returns. Professor Chops 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 Donkey Kong Country Returns 3D, he is known as the Tutorial Pig. As his name suggests, 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.

One of 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 Extra Life Balloon floats them back to that checkpoint. Also, if the Kongs lose eight lives in the same level, 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.

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, 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 with almost all roles fulfilled in 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 concept artworks unlocked in the 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]

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

A Professor Chops trophy appears in both Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS and Super Smash Bros. for Wii U. It can be unlocked by purchasing it in the Trophy Shop. The trophy lists him as "Tutorial Pig", his original name, but makes note of his more recent name in the description.

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate[edit]

Professor Chops also appears in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate 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]

Super Smash Bros. series[edit]

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

Name 3DS Image Wii U Image Appears in American English description British English description
Tutorial Pig Tutorial Pig Trophy.png Tutorial Pig trophy from Super Smash Bros. for Wii U 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.

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

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Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese おたすけピッグ
Otasuke Piggu
Chūtoriaru Piggu
Choppusu Sensei
Helpful Pig

Tutorial Pig

Professor Chops
German Professor Chops -
Italian Maestro Maialino (Donkey Kong Country Returns)
Professor Chops (Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze)
Pig Teacher
Russian Профессор Отбивнов
Profyessor Otbivnov
Spanish Cerdito consejero Adviser pig