Hey, maybe this frog does everything. He talks, he sings, he dances, he tells jokes, he even rides a bicycle. Max, find me a frog and a bear in a tan Studebaker.
~ Doc Hopper

Doc Hopper is the main antagonist of the 1979 comedy film The Muppet Movie. He is a heartless Southern businessman who wants Kermit to work as an advertiser for Hopper's frog legs restaurant chain, and plans to kill and stuff Kermit if he does not.

He was portrayed by the late Charles Durning, who also played Otis Hazelrigg in Dark Night of the Scarecrow.

Biography

Doc Hopper has a naive assistant named Max. Through the film, he also contracts a mad scientist and several tough henchmen to help him catch the frog.

In the third act of the film, Hopper and Kermit arrange to meet with their respective groups in a ghost town for a final face off. Kermit attempts to reason with Doc, saying he has a dream he simply wants to share with his friends. Doc removes his hat, apparently thinking about Kermit's words. However, Hopper has become so obsessed with getting Kermit to be his spokesman that he has absolutely no humanity left in him and orders his thugs to kill Kermit and all of his friends. Before they can shoot the Muppets, Hopper and his minions are ultimately scared away by Animal, who had taken more than enough of Dr. Honeydew's Insta-Grow Pills and appears as an oversized monster. Hopper is never seen again, and without him, his chain of restaurants apparently eventually shuts down.

He was referenced in It's a Very Merry Muppet Christmas Movie, where his restaurant is a successful fast food chain in the world where Kermit was never born; it is unknown exactly how this happened, since his plan to expand his business in the movie was to make Kermit his mascot, which he could obviously not do if Kermit did not exist.

Trivia

  • Doc Hopper is an obvious parody of Colonel Sanders from Kentucky Fried Chicken. The two even have the same outfit.
  • His fate is unknown, but it is likely that Hopper became alone and friendless as he did not wish to share his dreams with anyone else he became alone and friendless. It is implied in It's a Very Merry Muppet Christmas Movie that his chain of restaurants eventually shut down without him, and only continued to exist in the world where Kermit was never born.

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