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"...and PRESTO!! The cup has completely disappeared."
Hopus Pocus, Death Screen

Hopus Pocus is a mini boss that appears in the boss fight for King Dice when landing on Space 5, in the All Bets Are Off! level of Inkwell Hell.

Description

Appearance

Hopus is a white rabbit dressed in a blue tuxedo and wearing a red bowtie and white gloves. He has large yellow eyes with blue irises. He hides in a top hat and wields a magic wand.

Personality

Hopus Pocus' personality is that of a stereotypical stage magician, although he also seems to have a crafty, maniacal, manipulative, and sadistic side, which is shown by his crazed grin and giggling.

Attack Projectiles

Name Phase Parried
Skull
Rabbit Skulls
N/A No
CardBubbles
Cards Suits
N/A Yes (heart)

Battle

Hopus Pocus enters the fight by being pulled out of a top hat by King Dice, as children are heard cheering briefly. Hopus has two known attacks:

  • One attack involves him conjuring up a ring of rabbit skulls that revolves around the players before closing in to damage them. This attack is avoidable by escaping through the opening of the ring. The time between them revolving and them moving in seems to be random.
  • The second attack involves a row of card suits which appears either ascending from below or descending from above to damage the players. The rows are unavoidable unless players parry the pink heart suits to escape or manage to do a frame-perfect dash with the smoke bomb.
Hopus card

The card platform.

During the fight, a card is displayed in the middle of the screen, acting as a platform. Unlike Bon Bon's candy wrapper which moves during the fight, this platform doesn't move at all. This platform is also the only option to evade Hocus Pocus' rabbit skull attack, since the player can see the opening, if not having the smoke bomb equipped.

When Hopus is defeated, he will be strangled by his own bowtie.

Inspirations

  • Hopus Pocus's name is a pun on "hocus pocus", a magical phrase which often said by magicians when they perform a trick, and the word "hop", which all alludes to him being both a rabbit and a magician.
    • Hopus could also be a reference to entertainment performed during gambling events. He may also be a reference to the White Rabbit from Alice in Wonderland.
  • Hopus Pocus closely resembles the prototype of Bugs Bunny that appears in the Merrie Melodies cartoon Prest-O Change-O.
  • Hopus also could bear a quite resemblance to Roger Rabbit from the live-action/animated hybrid film Who Framed Roger Rabbit.
  • The ring of skulls that Hopus summons/conjures up may be a reference to Super Mario's Circling Boo Buddies [1], as they are both undead and appear in a circle/ring with a noticeable getaway.

Trivia

  • It is noted that his bow tie has a conscious, most likely because it's magic.
  • There is a bug in Expert mode that allows the player to ignore the Rabbit Skulls attack by simply ducking.
  • Hopus is unique in that he is the only one of King Dice's minions that doesn't reference a game of chance or a vice. A Las Vegas-style casino like the type Inkwell Hell is designed to emulate might indeed feature a magic show for entertainment, but it's not a form of gambling.

Gallery

Bosses
Inkwell Isle One
The Root Pack (Moe TatoWeepyPsycarrot) • Goopy Le GrandeHilda BergCagney CarnationRibby and Croaks
Inkwell Isle Two
Baroness Von Bon Bon (Lord Gob PackerKernel Von PopMuffsky ChernikovSargent Gumbo GumbullSir Waffington III) • Beppi The ClownDjimmi The GreatGrim MatchstickWally Warbles (Wally's Son)
Inkwell Isle Three
Rumor Honeybottoms (Policeman Bee) • Captain BrineybeardSally StageplayWerner WermanDr. Kahl's RobotCala MariaPhantom Express (Blind SpecterT-BoneBlaze BrothersHead of the Train)
Inkwell Hell
King Dice (Tipsy TroopChips BettiganMr. WheezyPip and DotHopus PocusPhear LapPiroulettaMangosteenMr. Chimes) • The Devil
Scrapped/Unused
ToastBetty BeetRadishJelly The OctopusGiant SpiderPachi-PachiThe LightCardDemon Bat