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For the character in the Sonic the Hedgehog series, see Big the Cat. For the character in Sonic X, see Big the Cat (Sonic X).
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Big the Cat from Sonic the Hedgehog issue 213.

Big the Cat is a Mobian cat and a former citizen of the Mysterious Cat Country. During Doctor Eggman's attempt at using Chaos to destroy Station Square, Big found himself caught in the middle when his friend Froggy became part of Eggman's schemes. Big assisted Sonic the Hedgehog and the Knothole Freedom Fighters in stopping Perfect Chaos. He exists in both the Pre-and Post-Super Genesis Wave timeline.

History

Rescuing A Friend

Big the Cat was a large cat who lived in the deep jungles of the Mysterious Cat Country with his buddy and pet frog, Froggy. However, while Big was asleep in his house one night, pieces of rock fell from the sky, causing Froggy to panic and jump towards a mysterious puddle of water. As Big woke up, Froggy's thirst kicked in and he drank the puddle, not knowing that it was really a part of Chaos, the God of Destruction. Chaos' powers then kicked in and Froggy grew a tail. But before Big could question what just happened, one of Doctor Eggman's newest robots, E-102 Gamma, showed up at Big's house. Big thought the stranger was a friend, but was corrected when Gamma grabbed Froggy. Big tried to save his lifelong buddy, but Gamma easily defeated him and escaped. However, Big wasn't going to take this sitting down, and so went off to save his friend.

Big found his way to the Mystic Ruins and started searching around a lake on his rowboat. However, it then turned out that the Egg Carrier had been hidden in the lake, and so as it rose up, it brought Big with it. Big then started searching the ship for Froggy, and eventually found him before he jumped inside of Chaos 6. Luckily, Big was able to get Froggy out of the monster and quickly escaped the ship with Sonic's plane, the Tornado.

Eventually, Big Crashed the plane but was knocked unconscious for his troubles. When Big awoke, Sonic, Tails, and Knuckles had arrived and Big introduced himself. But the four then noticed the Tornado was gone and Chaos must have taken it. Big and his new friends headed to Station Square, only to find it flooded and being destroyed by Perfect Chaos. Big then helped the Freedom Fighters battle the beast.

Big and everyone else who helped fight against Perfect Chaos were rewarded by the President of Station Square, but the ceremony was cut short when Silver Sonic II attacked. Big then helped the Freedom Fighters in battling this foe as well. After the new mechanical Sonic was defeated, Sally Acorn asked Big if he wanted to come to Knothole with them, but he declined and he and Froggy went back to the Cat Country.

Later Activities

Big the Cat was present during the mass Mobian rally to combat the Xorda's Quantum Dial during their attack on Mobius. After Sonic's return from outer space, Big was present at Mina Mongoose's concert in Knothole Village. Some time later, Big helped Sonic and others put on a play for some children, him playing the part of Dr. Eggman. Big later attended Bunnie and Antoine D'Coolette's wedding.

After Sonic and Sally came to visit the Wolf Pack to become honorary members, Big, living on the outskirts of the Mysterious Cat Country, invited Sonic to meet with the Felidae in search of the "Ancient Onyx," which he explained to Queen Hathor with poor timing. When they arrived at the Cat Country, they were met with spearheads and Sonic was not even allowed to explain his actions properly, so Big-despite being looked upon as a lowly fisherman and a traitor for his associations with the Freedom Fighters-was made stately recounter of the truth, even given the appropriate attire. Sonic managed to convince the Queen to allow him to serve as Big's interpreter, as he knew more about the events leading to their visit than Big did. He went on to explain that Big had entered the capital of the Wolf Pack Nation in search of the Ancient Onyx after learning of its disappearance from Felidae territory. Though initially provoking hostility from the Wolves, Big was fortunate enough to find Sonic and Sally in their midst. Big had wondered if the Wolves had taken the onyx themselves, and apologized for intruding. It was then decided that he would guide Sonic into Felidae territory to speak with the Queen, whilst Sally set out on her own investigation. His account finished, Sonic negotiated with Queen Hathor to retrieve the Ancient Onyx if the Felidae let him go. Hathor agreed and asked that he dispose of Big as well, but Sonic instead offered to take Big with him as a form of exile. Big, initially saddened by the thought of leaving his old home, grew more positive after Sonic informed him of good fishing up north. Before the two could leave, however, Chief Lupe of the Wolf Pack arrived with a group of her warriors.

Queen Hathor was quick to accuse a somewhat confused Big of being a Wolf Pack agent, though he helped Sonic to try and defuse the imminent conflict by standing between Lupe and Hathor, preventing them from coming to blows. After considering recent events, Sonic realized what was going on, and convinced Hathor to lead the Wolves, Big, himself, and her own warriors to the Mystic Ruins. Once there the group engaged a chapter of the Dark Egg Legion led by Drago Wolf and Razorklaw, who had taken Sally captive. Big entered their control room and to his delight found both Sally and the Ancient Onyx, though he then came under attack from the two Grandmasters. Fortunately, his own impressive strength was enough to defeat Drago, and after stopping an attempt by Razorklaw to strike at him he was saved by Sonic. Still giddy over what help he had been to his friends, he accompanied the pair outside with the Ancient Onyx. After Sally arranged a peace agreement between the Wolves and Felidae, Big joined Sonic and Sally in being inducted into the Wolf Pack Nation. He is later seen in New Mobotropolis where he presumably moved to afterwards.

Personality

Despite many people's thoughts, Big is quite intelligent, just laid back. He cares very much for his friend, Froggy, and will do whatever it takes to save him. Big will also lend out a helping hand where needed.

Abilities

Due to his immense size, Big is a significantly strong Mobian. This is pretty much his only ability, except for his skill at fishing. Big is confirmed to be the strongest Mobian, physically speaking, by the writers.

After the Super Genesis Wave, Big was revealed to be able to use the Spin Dash ability.

Trivia

  • Although it is assumed that Big was one of the many captured by Eggman's Egg Fleet and was sent to New Mobotropolis, when answering a question asking if Team Rose from Sonic Heroes would be introduced, Ian Flynn said "We'd need to bring Big in from the Mysterious Cat Country, and we'd need to introduce the Rabbit Family all before we could get to Team Rose.",[1] indicating that Big is currently living in the Mysterious Cat Country and not New Mobotropolis. Although, he may have just moved after Eggman's attack feeling it was safer away from the city.
  • Big's appearance during the Sonic Adventure adaptation mirrors the fact that Big first appeared in Sonic Adventure itself, though there are obvious differences.

External links

  • Big the Cat at Mobius Encyclopedia, the Archie Sonic wiki

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