"The Chicken Trooper" appeared on Reddit a couple of months ago, shared by tfoust10, the parent of an eight-year-old lad named Connor who drew it as a suggestion for a Fortnite skin. Shortly after that, another redditor by the name of Etsyturtle2 cleaned up the design, added a few features, and christened it with a new name: The Tender Defender. And now it looks like the flightless feathered creature with the googly eyes and the egg whisk axe might actually be coming to the game.
For one thing, as reported by Fortnite Intel, dataminers have discovered an unfinished skin in the upcoming 6.30 patch that bears a striking resemblance to the fan-made mockup called "tender_defender," as well as a Chicken Glider and a Whisk pickaxe. A "Chicken Trooper" hideout, with feathers and fried chicken legs, can be seen in a Lonely Lodge watchtower. And maybe most important of all, Etsyturtle2, who converted the original concept into the more usable format, confirmed it.
In kind of an ironic twist, tfoust10 said he didn't share his son's Chicken Trooper idea on the Fortnite subreddit until a couple of months after he'd made it because "I did not understand what he meant by a 'skin'," they wrote. "However, after he spent some of my money (with my permission) on a skin, I investigated further and realized that skin meant outfit. Forgive my ignorance, I apologise for this hiccup."
In a more recent post, they said they're not going to tell Connor about how his idea blew up unless and until it actually appears in the game.