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Ornithopter. Art by Amy Weber.
Predator Onnithopter

Thopter is an artifact creature type used for cards depicting small flying devices.

The first creature to bear the type was Ornithopter in Antiquities (first printed with the type in Ninth Edition). Other examples include Roterothopter, Thopter Squadron, and Drill-Skimmer.[1]

Storyline[edit | edit source]

Dominaria[edit | edit source]

Thopters were among the first devices worked upon by the brothers Urza and Mishra. They started out as Thran devices salvaged by Tocasia's team, then the brothers worked on them to make them more efficient and deadly. Used as transport, they were used frequently in the earliest stages of the Brothers' War straight through to the end.

At the the time of the Phyrexian Invasion, ornithopters were employed on the flagship Predator.[2]

Kaladesh[edit | edit source]

Aether-fueled thopters are fabricated and used in large quantities on Kaladesh, the home plane of Chandra Nalaar.

Thopter tokens[edit | edit source]

Token Color Type P/T Additional Rules Source
Thopter Blue Artifact Creature — Thopter 1/1 Flying
Colorless Artifact Creature — Thopter 1/1 Flying

Etymology[edit | edit source]

The word "ornithopter" has a specific origin from Greek words, related to the word "helicopter". Later authors of "thopter" cards apparently ignored any etymology, and created new words with bizarre results.

Word Origin Etymology Literal translation
Helicopter[3] Greek Helikos + pteron Spiral wing
Ornithopter Greek Ornithos[4] + pteron[5] Bird wing
Roterothopter Greek & Latin Rota (lat.[6]) + erotos (gr.[7]) + pteron (gr.) Wing of the erotic wheel
Telethopter Greek & something Tele (gr.[8]) + tho (?) + pteron (gr.) Distance wing of "tho"
Thopter Greek & something Tho (?) + pteron (gr.) Wing of "tho"

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