Quotation1 A maternal force for evilkind. Let them live and they'll only make trouble. Quotation2
— Description, Sonic Unleashed[1]

The Big Mother (ビッグマザー Biggu Mazā?) is a mini-boss that appears in the nighttime Stages in Sonic Unleashed. They are a colossal and bulky variant of Dark Gaia's Minions. One of the most powerful of their kind, the Big Mothers get their name from their ability to create Red Rexes and/or Little Rexes.


The Big Mothers are very large creatures, about four meters tall, with oxford blue and cyan skin with magenta glowing markings. They have a dopey look to them and have a large belly with a large mouth stretching across it. They have rather large feet, with the upper parts of their legs covered by their stomachs, and long sleek arms. They have no visible neck and they have curved spike-shaped appendages on their shoulders and upper backs, and horns on their forehead.

Powers and abilities

The Big Mothers are able to move around by emerging from black puddles on the ground. As a Dark Gaia minion, the Big Mothers can possess people by latching onto the deepest, darkest part of the heart, and generate despair, negative emotions or even erratic behavior that are completely opposite to the person's personality.

Being one of the toughest members of Dark Gaia's Minions, the Big Mothers are powerful creatures in their own right. They possess large amounts of physical strength, enough to send shockwaves through the ground by hammering their fists into it, and immobilize even Sonic the Werehog through the brute force of their strikes alone. Due to their large size, the Big Mothers also have large amounts of physical endurance, enough to be completely unfazed when hit by most of Sonic the Werehog's attacks.

Like the Nightmare variant, the Big Mothers possess elastic arms, allowing them to stretch their arms over a larger area to increase their attack range.

The Big Mothers' signature skill is their ability to produce the Rex variant of Dark Gaia's Minions (Little Rexes on the PS3/Xbox 360, and Red Rexes on the PS2/Wii) by spurting them from the large mouth on their stomachs. These mouths can also eat up any thrown objects, though the Big Mothers are still affected by the effects of the objects, such as the force created from explosives detonating inside their bodies.


The Big Mothers and the rest of Dark Gaia's Minions came into being when Dark Gaia broke apart in the beginning of Sonic Unleashed due to its premature awakening by Dr. Eggman. These fragments were then spread across the Earth and became Dark Gaia's Minions, with the Big Mothers amongst them. They first appear in Rooftop Run Night Act 1 on the PS3/Xbox 360 version, and in Jungle Joyride Act II: Restless Coastside on the PS2/Wii version.

As a mini-boss, the Big Mothers are some of the toughest enemies in Sonic Unleashed. They have large health and their attacks can deal fairly much damage. They also only flinch when hit by Sonic the Werehog's strongest attacks, meaning they can executing their movements almost without fail. However, they are rather slow, making their moves easy to read. When combatting Big Mothers, an advisable strategy is to strike when they are not doing anything, and run away or Guard when they attack.

When fighting the Big Mothers, they will try to create up to 6-8 Little Rexes/Red Rexes to distract and overwhelm the player, though they also have attacks of their on. On the PS3/Xbox360 version, the Big Mothers attack either by using their arms as clubs close up or swinging them around in a circle while stretching them out across a wide area, the latter which can damage enemies as well. If the player is hit by either attacks, Sonic will be immobilized until it either wears off or by the player rapidly pressing the jump button. On the PS2/Wii version, the Big Mothers can only attack by hammering their fists into the ground to create shockwaves, though they can be dodged by jumping.

Upon the reconstruction of Dark Gaia by Dr. Eggman, all of the Big Mothers along with the other of Dark Gaia's Minions were returned to the beast, who was later defeated and sealed within the planet's core.


  • The Big Mother's large belly is a reference to pregnancy due to their ability to give birth to the Rex variant of Dark Gaia's Minions.
  • On the PS3/Xbox 360 version of Sonic Unleashed, when the Big Mothers open their mouth, the player can throw an explosive crate into their mouth to deal heavy damage.
  • The Red Rexes created by the Big Mother in the PS2/Wii version of Sonic Unleashed always release orbs upon their defeat, but the Little Rexes created by the Big Mother in the PS3/Xbox360 version of Sonic Unleashed never release anything when defeated.


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  1. In-game description of the Big Mothers in the PlayStation 2/Wii version of Sonic Unleashed.

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