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Hopper

Full Name
Hopper
Alias
Hop (sometimes by Molt), General Hopper, Hoppy and Mr. Hopper
Origin
Occupation
Leader of the grasshoppers (formerly)
Powers / Skills
Skilled with words and flight
Hobby
Bossing the ants around, torturing his minions and abusing Molt
Goals
Keep the ants under his control as the grasshoppers' food suppliers (all failed)
Type of Villain
Complete Monster / Mastermind / Power Hungry / Fearmonger


Where's my food?!
~ Hopper demanding his food

Hopper is the main antagonist of the 1998 Disney/Pixar movie A Bug's Life. He was the leader of an army of grasshoppers, including his younger brother Molt, and a thermal grasshopper named Thumper. He was Flik's arch-nemesis till Flik led him to his death by a bird.

He was voiced by Kevin Spacey who had previously played John Doe and later played Lex Luthor (Superman Returns), Clyde Northcutt, Jonathan Irons and David Harken.

A Bug's Life

Introduction

It seems to me that you ants are forgetting your place. So, let's double the order of food. We'll be back at the end of the season... when the last leaf falls. You ants have a nice summer. LET'S RIDE!
~ Hopper to the ants

At the beginning of the film, Flik accidentally destroyed the offering of food the ants prepared for the grasshoppers. When they arrived, Hopper was angry to find the food all gone, but was willing enough to give the ants a second chance. Flik stood up to Hopper, and Hopper doubled the order of food that the ants must prepare.

Hopper's Speech

You let one ant stand up to us, then they all might stand up! Those puny little ants outnumber us 100 to 1 and if they ever figure that out, there goes our way of life! It's not about food, it's about keepin' those ants in line. That's why we're goin' back! Does anybody else wanna stay?
~ Hopper's speech to the grasshoppers

At his hangout in the desert, Molt suggests Hopper that they do not collect food from the ants due to them having enough food to get them through the winter as it was. As Hopper was about to punch him for suggesting this, Molt frantically told him that it wasn't his idea, causing him to direct his attention towards the two grasshoppers that had told him to tell him this. Hopper killed the two goons and then explained that if it was never about food but "keeping the ants in line." And he and his goons fly out of the hangout towards Ant Island.

Rise to Power

NOT ONE ANT SLEEPS TILL WE GET EVERY LAST SCRAP OF FOOD ON THIS ISLAND!
~ Hopper yelling at the ants

When he was dissatisfied with the amount of offering the ants give him after a second chance, Hopper took over Ant Island and plotted to kill the Queen. After hearing from Dot about Hopper's plot, Flik and the circus troupe returned to the island and rescued the Queen, with the help of the fake bird that they made earlier in the season. Hopper had a fear of birds, but he soon discovered that the bird was a fake and tried to finish Flik, upon realizing that it was his idea.

Flik's Bird Brained Idea

You piece of dirt! No, I'm wrong. You're lower than dirt. You're an ANT! Let this be a lesson to all of you ants: Ideas are very dangerous things! You are mindless, soil-shoving losers! Put on this Earth to serve us!
~ Hopper insulting the ants after having Thumper beat up Flik

Flik made his heartfelt and assertive speech about how his colony is strong in number. Hopper swats Flik to the ground and raises his foot to squish him, but Atta intervenes. Hopper then turns to see all the ants ready to rebel and bombarded him. After being ditched by his own minions, Hopper was trapped in the circus cannon, at the time when it started to rain. Seeking revenge on Flik for embarrassing him, Hopper shot himself toward Flik and flew away with him. The circus bugs gave chase to save Flik and Heimlich commands Rosie to fling Tuck and Roll at Hopper and she did so. Tuck and Roll jumped on Hopper and tried to stop him, only for the mad grasshopper to fly through a small hole to get them off of him. As they watched him fly off with Flik, one of the brothers got mad at the other, only for the other to reveal he has ripped off Hopper's right antennae. Hopper notices this and gets angry and continues to fly off, only for Atta to intervene and swipe Flik away from him.

The End of Hopper

I'll get more grasshoppers and be back next season! But, you won't! *notices the bird* Well, what's this? Another one of your little bird tricks? (Filk: Yep) Are there a bunch of little girls in this one, too? Hello, girls!
~ Hopper's last words

After Flik and Atta had hid and Flik ran off to find Hopper (with Atta begging him not to), the grasshopper had finally caught up with Flik as he landed in front of him. He gets increasingly angry at Flik and tells him the fight is not over as he corners a scared Flik into a bird's nest. Flik begs Hopper not to finish him, but he ignores him and strangles Flik in an attempt to kill him and tells him next season, he will be back with more grasshoppers, but Flik won't. Suddenly, the sparrow (the same one that attacked Flik and his friends earlier) pops out of her nest and notices Flik and Hopper. Believing this to be another one of Flik's "bird tricks", Hopper teases the bird by greeting the "girls" in the bird's mouth until she shrieks at him. Realizing it is a real bird and that Flik had led him to a trap, Hopper screams in terror and tries to run away, only for the bird to block his path and quickly catch him in her beak, before taking the panicking Hopper over to her nest and feeding him to her newborn chicks. 

It's Tough to Be a Bug!

Despite his death in the film, Hopper somehow reappeared in the short film.

Personality

Hopper was the only grasshopper who realized the ants outnumbered them 100 to 1. He realized that the ants are like simple-minded sheep, and can't really think for themselves, therefore taking advantage of them. In one event of the film, Hopper expresses concern that Flik stands up to him. Molt, Hopper's younger brother, claims that they can forget about him because he is only one ant. Hopper then walks over to a water bottle full of grain. He pulls one out, tells a grasshopper to pretend it is a "puny little ant", then throws the grain at him, asking if it hurt. When the grasshopper said no, Hopper grabbed another grain and threw it at another grasshopper, asking if that one hurt and he said no. Then, Hopper proceeded to pull the lid of the water bottle full of grain, asking, "Well, how 'bout this?". The three grasshoppers were then covered in a torrent of grain, and were presumably crushed to death. Hopper explained what he meant: 1 ant can't hurt them, but they'd lose if all the ants stood up to them.

Hopper was more knowledgeable than the other grasshoppers, and also, by his manipulative and serious personality, was more of a leader.

Although he won't kill Molt due to a promise he made to his mother on her deathbed, many have debated if this is actual love or him simply trying to prove he can keep a promise.

Appearance

Hopper is a large, grayish Grasshopper who is very tall (at least, for an insect). He towers over Flik and the ants in the movie. His legs are long, good for long ranged kick attacks.

Trivia

  • Hopper was voiced by Kevin Spacey in A Bug's Life, and by Andrew Stanton (the film's co-director) in It's Tough to be a Bug. John Lasseter had offered the role twice to Robert De Nero, who declined both times.
  • Hopper was the first main Pixar movie villain who committed many wicked deeds in his first appearance. One of his most heinous acts was when he ordered Thumper to give Flik a brutal beating while the other ants looked horrified. However, his most heinous act is forcing all the ants to gather every single piece of food on the island and then attempting to squash the mother of Atta and Dot just to show that he's in charge. Because of this, Hopper is basically the arch-enemy of Flik, Atta and Dot, despite having next to no interactions with the latter beyond grabbing her twice and attempting to feed her to Thumper the first time.
  • Hopper is the first main Pixar movie villain to be considered a Complete Monster and to date is one of only three to be considered as such, along with Lotso and Syndrome. However, unlike the other two, he doesn't have a Freudian excuse and victimizes the ants for no reason other than his outright xenophobic hatred for them, which is never explained but is most likely because he simply considers them inferior.
  • Hopper is the first main Pixar movie villain to be physically fought.
    • He is also the first main Pixar movie villain to have more than two arms.
    • He is also the first main Pixar movie villain to die in his movie.

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