The Chopper is often cited as evidence of Raleigh's coolness, but that is a European perspective. The Chopper was a knock-off (albeit one of the better quality, more original ones) of the Schwinn Krate series bikes, Raleigh had being trying to get a foothold in the 'muscle bike' market for years without any worthwhile contribution, the Chopper was better than most of the looky-like small front wheel bikes but still a cash-in attempt at the end of the day. Of course in Europe, particularly the UK, where Schwinn had zero prescence the Chopper seemed like just about the coolest kids bike ever.
Don't take my word for it though, do a google image search for 'Schwinn Orange Krate' or 'Schwinn Pea Picker' and you'll see some really classic, really cool bikes.
Imitators, not innovators. (unless you consider the Vektar
1986 RM Ritchey "Canapurna", 1990? Vitus/Rocky Mountain Futural CX, 1991 Marin Eldridge Grade, 1993 Pro-Flex 853, 1994 Parkpre Scepter Comp, 1995 TREK Singletrack 950(rusted out
), 1996 Muddy Fox Monarch Team, 1997 DMR Trailstar, , 2001 Santa Cruz Chameleon