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For the boss in Kid Icarus: Uprising, see Great Reaper.
Reaper
死神
Shinigami
ReaperNew.png
First Appearance: Kid Icarus (1986)
Latest Appearance:

Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS and Wii U (2014)

Affiliation(s): Underworld, Orcos
Enemy Type: Grounded (Reaper), Aerial (Reapette)

The Reaper (死神 Shinigami) is a recurring enemy in the Kid Icarus series and one of Pit's most recognizable and persistent foes. They have the ability to summon smaller Reapettes (子死神 Koshinigami) into battle. Reapers are said to be the lookouts of the Underworld Army, as well as soul carriers.

Characteristics

The Reaper resembles the standard "Grim Reaper" stereotype, with a skeletal body wrapped in dark purple, tattered, shroud-like cloak and equipped with a scythe. The Reapettes are but smaller versions, armed with sickles. The Reaper itself is human-like, more so than most of the other monsters in Angel Land. While the Reaper is land-bound, the Reapettes are quick and agile fliers. As high-ranking troops of Medusa's army, Reapers are among the more powerful monsters of the Underworld. They are the very definition of death itself, with their large scythes capable of causing even the bravest of warriors to tremble in fear. However, their one weakness lies in their restricted line of sight that they are also well-known for. Despite being the lookouts of Medusa, Reapers actually can’t detect their targets as well as most other Underworld monsters can. That is, their vision is like that of a spotlight, having extremely far range but a very limited viewing window. When someone does pass through their line of sight, however, they can easily lock onto their new-found target and pursue it vigorously. In addition to this laser vision, Reapers also have telepathic abilities that allow them to summon their smaller Reapettes to battle, which can move much faster and therefore catch up to their target. This combination of abilities makes them a deathly force to be feared, especially when they are aware of your presence.

Appearances

Kid Icarus

Artwork from Kid Icarus.
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The Reaper is a durable foe that Pit encounters early in his quest. It appears in every non-Fortress area, barring the Palace in the Sky. The Reaper prowls along a flat path, turning around when the path ends. Once every few moments, however, it will suddenly glance behind to see if Pit's trying to sneak up behind it; it will always turn around if attacked in the back. Should the Reaper see Pit, (obstacles will block line-of-sight and it may not always see Pit right away) it'll zip to the closest spot available on its path and immediately summon four Reapettes. It will keep summoning groups of Reapettes until either it's destroyed, Pit is dead, or Pit moves out of its sight (where it will immediately restart its pattern), though any remaining Reapettes will continue to harass the hero until destroyed. Reapers are invulnerable while they are summoning, but not in the 3D Classic version.

Manual Description

Entrusted by Medusa as a lookout. It waves its sickle around when it's spotted Pit and starts chasing him. It calls Reapette by telepathy.

Reaper

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Hit Points Damage Hearts Score (Experience)
10 2 10 500

Reapette

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Hit Points Damage Hearts Score (Experience)
1 2 1 100



Kid Icarus: Of Myths and Monsters

Artwork from Of Myths and Monsters.

The Reapers act similarly as they do in the previous installment.

Manual Description

The Grim Reaper yells and screams, calling Reapettes to attack when he sees Pit.

Reaper

Hit Points Damage Hearts Score (Experience)
6 10

Reapette

Hit Points Damage Hearts Score (Experience)
1 1



Kid Icarus: Uprising

The Reapers act relatively the same as they did before in the previous games. If Pit is in the Reaper's "line of sight" (which is indicated by a red laser), or attacks them from behind, it will panic and summon two Reapettes at a time as it chases the angel down. If it gets close, the Reaper will attack using its scythe, which does considerable damage. To complicate things further, Reapettes can now paralyze Pit on contact, leaving him unable to outrun or evade the Reaper's attacks. They are first seen in The Reaper's Line of Sight. The music changes to a short 8-bit loop that was from the original Kid Icarus when Reapers are fought. There are instances where Reapettes appear without a Reaper nearby. Such moment occurs in the aerial section in The Space-Pirate Ship.

There is a large elder Reaper known as, the Great Reaper which acts as the boss of The Reaper's Line of Sight.

Idol Description

Reapers serve as lookouts for the Underworld Army. When they spot an enemy, they let out a piercing scream that summons their feisty servants, the Reapettes. They also use their giant scythes to reap the souls of their victims.

Other Appearances

NES Remix 2

Reapers and Reapettes appear in the Kid Icarus challenge.

Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS and Wii U

Reapers appear as enemies in the 3DS-exclusive mode, Smash Run. Just like in the Kid Icarus games, it goes into a panic when it spots the player, then attacks by summoning Reapettes. They are one of the more tougher enemies in the mode. The Reaper also appears in Wii U-exclusive mode, Smash Tour, as an obstacle.

Trophy Description

Reaper (3DS)
Since he's clearly not planning on doing any gardening, watch out for that scythe! You can tell when one of these has its sights set on you because the music will change and you'll hear a loud scream as it summons its Reapettes. If you always keep your distance and attack from afar, there's no need to fear the Reapers.

Reaper (Wii U)
Since he's clearly not planning on doing any gardening, watch out for that scythe! He loved to scream and summon Reapettes in Kid Icarus: Uprising. In Smash Tour, you'll need to have at least three fighters when you encounter him to earn a Checkpoint Bonus. If you don't bring enough fighters, you'll get launched. Ouch!

Trivia

  • The reaper is the infamous anthropomorphic figure of Death, complete with skull face, dark robe, and scythe. The figure itself however, evolved from the Greek Titan known as Cronus.
  • The Reaper's scythe design in Uprising appears red around the spot where the blade meets the cane. It is indeterminate if this is blood or simply decoration, though blood is more likely.
  • The line from the Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS and Wii U trophy: "There's no need to fear the Reapers", is likely a reference to the song (Don't Fear) The Reaper.



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