The Boppers
Gang Info

Big Moe

Main Lieutenant:





The Hurricanes
The Judas Bunch
The Punks
The Warriors
The Moonrunners
The Lizzies
The Orphans
The Turnbull AC's
The Saracens
The Electric Eliminators
The Jones Street Boys


The Rogues
The Savage Huns
The Panzers


Tucked in purple or black dress shirts, purple vests, purple ties and purple fedoras. Lieutenants wear a gold/yellow dress shirt and a light purple fedora instead.

You can't out bop the crew that owns the name.
~ The D.J.

The Boppers are a fictional New York City gang in 1979. Although they are a softer set that grooves with style instead of muscle, they are tough enough to keep other gang colors off their turf. The Boppers see themselves as keeping Harlem smooth and stylish.


The Boppers are an all African-American gang from Harlem. They love the nightlife, and their usual hangout is a disco hall named Club 45. They are also known to frequent The Pocket Pool (pool hall), The Roman Disco (nightclub), and The Black Cat Lounge (strip club).

The male members of the gang mostly speak in jive and wear purple waistcoats and fedoras, purple or black long sleeved dress shirts, sometimes with a tie, cream colored trousers, and very shiny black dress shoes. Their lieutenants wear light purple fedoras and gold/yellow long sleeved dress shirts with their vests. Most of the male members seem to have very high opinions of themselves, as they can often be heard talking about hot dates they've had recently, or simply how good they think they look in general. They are bitter rivals of the Jones Street Boys, who hail from Bensonhurst.

The female members of the gang do not appear by themselves or outside of the Boppers' main hangouts, and they are overall less aggressive than the male members, only joining in fights if they must. They dress much differently from the male members also, with seemingly no particular dress code applied to them, though most seem to gravitate towards tight and revealing attire. None appear to have any rank, and they also appear to be treated very poorly by the male members, as a female member is once seen being grabbed by the wrist and twice called a "bitch" by Reggie, a male lieutenant, and then slapped across the face by Reggie for talking back to him and for trying to escape from his grasp. The same scene also implied they are involved with pimping.



The Boppers were formed sometime before August 18, 1978, and adopted Harlem in Manhattan as their territory.

Framing The WarriorsEdit

See also: Sharp Dressed Man

On August 18, 1978, Cochise was sent to Harlem as part of his initiation into the Coney Island-based gang the Warriors. Several groups of Boppers battled Cochise and Snow, who were searching for a size nine hat worn by a member of the Boppers. Cochise and Snow were able to defeat the Boppers, and made their way to the Roman Disco, where they confronted the Boppers lieutenant Reggie and interrogated him to learn that the leader of the Boppers was Big Moe. In search of Big Moe, Cochise and Snow made their way to The Pocket pool hall, where they defeated another group of Boppers and then interrogated lieutenant Boxcar to learn that Moe could sometimes be found at The Black Cat, a nearby strip club.

Several more groups of Boppers were defeated by Cochise and Snow as they made their way to The Black Cat; at the strip club, Cochise and Snow paid a performer named Debbie until she revealed that Moe was attending a party at Club 45. Cochise and Snow made their way to the club, where they used Debbie's pass to get into the party. In the club, Cochise and Snow confronted Big Moe, who challenged them to a battle on the dance floor. Eventually, Moe was defeated by Cochise and Snow, who also took his size nine hat.

Battling The Judas BunchEdit

On May 20, 1979, the Boppers battled the Judas Bunch in Harlem, and emerged victorious. The Boppers' victory was later reported by the D.J. on the gang radio station.

Battling The Jones Street BoysEdit

On June 30, 1979, the Boppers battled the Jones Street Boys in Bensonhurst. The D.J. later mentioned this battle on the gang radio station.

The MeetingEdit

See also: The Warriors, Desperate Dudes

When Cyrus and the Gramercy Riffs called a conclave of New York City's street gangs, the Boppers were one of the gangs that were invited to the meeting. Nine members of the Boppers made their way from Harlem to the meeting in Van Cortlandt Park, the Bronx; there, the gang witnessed the death of Cyrus.


  • B Tricky (Soldier)
  • Big Moe (Warlord)
  • Billy Dee (Lieutenant)
  • Boxcar (Soldier)
  • Brown Slim (Soldier)
  • C Note (Soldier)
  • Deacon (Lieutenant)
  • Diamond T (Soldier)
  • Dino (Unknown, mentioned by soldier)
  • Donovan (Soldier)
  • Fats (Soldier)
  • Greenback (Soldier)
  • J Mack (Soldier)
  • Jackson (Soldier)
  • JJ (Soldier)
  • Leroy (Soldier)
  • Malcolm (Lieutenant)
  • Nate (Soldier)
  • Old Blue (Unknown, mentioned by soldier)
  • Phil (Soldier)
  • Reggie (Lieutenant)
  • Shandra (Female Member)
  • Sharla (Female Member)
  • Slick Cash (Lieutenant)
  • Superfly (Soldier)
  • Sweet Bill (Soldier)
  • T Bone (Soldier)
  • TJ (Soldier)
  • Tubbz (Main Lieutenant)
  • Tubbz (Soldier)
  • Uptown (Soldier)

In The FilmEdit

Their only appearance in the film was in the opening sequence as an one of many attending gangs in the big meeting, they are seen walking down a subway platform.

In The GameEdit

They appear in Sharp Dressed Man. When Cochise and Snow go to Harlem to get a size nine Bopper's hat for Cochise's initiation into the Warriors.

They appear in the cutscene for the mission All-City where they talk with a Riff about Cyrus' meeting.

They can be seen going, attending and leaving Cyrus' meeting in the cutscene for the mission Desperate Dudes.



  • The Boppers are the only gang known to have both male and female members.
  • Their name possibly rivals comes from the fact that the D.J. refers to the gangs as 'boppers'.
  • They are one of the easiest gangs to fight in the game, due to their low health and average combos. However, their Warlord is a fairly challenging boss in both story and Rumble Mode.
  • They replace the Rogues in the scene where they leave the meeting.


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