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Professor Chops

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Homeland Juicy Jungle (revealed in art galley)
Origin of Species Pig

Affiliations Kongs
Enemies Tiki Tak Tribe
Games Donkey Kong Country Returns
Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze
"Just who is that pig anyway? And why is he wearing glasses?""
Cranky Kong, Donkey Kong Country Returns Instruction Manual

Professor Chops is a highly intelligent pig who lives on Donkey Kong Island. He is short and chubby, and wears a set of dark brown glasses. He makes his debut in Donkey Kong Country Returns and serves as a replacement for the Star Barrels from the original trilogy, in that he saves the player's progress at various points during most levels. Throughout the game, he also teaches the player the controls, and how to use certain gameplay mechanics such as Rocket Barrels. As such, they could possibly be considered an Animal Buddy of sorts. Additionally, when the player dies eight times in the same level, Chops will pop up and provide the option to utilize the Super Guide feature. He also appears in Time Attack, waving the checkered flag at the beginning of the stage and popping out of the Slot Machine Barrel at the end.

In Donkey Kong Country Returns, Professor Chops is simply referred to as a Tutorial Pig, and it was implied that he was among several pigs of his nature. However, his true name would be revealed in Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze, where it was also confirmed that there is only one of him. In the aforementioned title, Chops reprises his role from the last game, though now his checkpoint stand has a new design, and he has lost his job of providing the option for Super Guide, due to the feature not existing in the game. He also appears in a minigame for a Puzzle Piece in the game's first level, Mangrove Cove.

Trophy Description from Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS / Wii U

Name Appears In
(Wii U version only)
NTSC-U Description PAL Description
Tutorial Pig Wii Donkey Kong Country Returns (11/2010)
Wii U Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze (2/2014)
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!