- For the version of this character after the Super Genesis Wave, see Big the Cat (Archie).
Big the Cat is a character that appears in the Sonic the Hedgehog comic series and its spin-offs published by Archie Comics. He is a large mobian cat and once a citizen of País Misterioso. During Dr. 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, where he assisted Sonic the Hedgehog and the Knothole Freedom Fighters in stopping Perfect Chaos. He later aided them in negotiating peace between the Felidae and Wolf Pack Nation, but was exiled for his trouble. Upon Sonic's offer, Big moved to New Mobotropolis where he became one of the city's defenders as a part of Team Freedom.
Big is a very large and burly Mobian cat. The majority of his body fur consists of two shades of purple: light and dark. A striped pattern runs up his arms and tail. His feet are covered in dark purple fur up to his ankles as well as the outer tips of his ears, while his upper legs, back, and sides are covered in light purple fur. White fur covers his chest, torso, inner ears and his muzzle with the addition of cheek tuffs. His preferred attire consists of tan gloves, sandals, and a matching belt with a gold buckle. He carries a fishing rod with him at all times.
As Stately Recounter of the Truth, Big was outfitted with green pants, a brown, gold, red, and cream poncho and a metal headdress with trim, flowers, and blue beads.
Rescuing A Friend
Big was an ordinary cat who lived in the deep jungles of the País Misterioso with his buddy and pet frog, Froggy. A solitary Felidae, he lived apart from his people due to their barbaric traditions, which did not sit well with him. However, while Big was asleep in his house one night, pieces of rock fell from the sky, causing Froggy to panic and hop towards a mysterious puddle of water. And as Big awoke, Froggy's thirst kicked in and he drank the puddle, not knowing that it was really 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 Dr. 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 was not 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 landed 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 realized that 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 v2.0 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.
Helping the Freedom Fighters
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 Wolf 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 later took upon Sonic's offer and moved to New Mobotropolis.
Living in New Mobotropolis
Big later assisted the Freedom Fighters during Dr. Eggman's attack on New Mobotropolis with his Death Egg Mark 2. When he unleashed Titan Metal Sonic on the city, Big was one of the few citizens who did not run away from the gargantuan robot, instead bravely protecting others like Cream the Rabbit. Big then came to Bunnie's rescue after she got hit by Ixis Naugus' crystallizing magic attack that was aimed at Titan Metal Sonic. Vanilla the Rabbit told Big to bring her to Dr. Quack, and, after the doctor took a look at Bunnie, Big took her to the hospital at his request.
With the Knothole Freedom Fighters reformed into Team Freedom and Team Fighters Big joined Rotor's team as an applicant during a recruitment drive to help defend New Mobotropolis from internal threats. Together with Cream, Cheese, Heavy, and Bomb, he helped Rotor in their first mission by holding up a building that was about to collapse due to an attack by Tails Doll. It would not be the last trouble the robot would cause, as it later deactivated New Mobotropolis' force field generator, leaving the city vulnerable to invasion by forces deployed from the Death Egg. Big valiantly joined the effort alongside his teammates, carrying Naugus to safety after the king collapsed from pain. He would then engage Metal Amy, and was able to defeat the robot after receiving unseen aid from Silver the Hedgehog of the Secret Freedom Fighters. Shortly thereafter, Tails Doll's actions in destroying the stage of the New Mobotropolis Coliseum spurred Big and his teammates to action, forcing them to save Mina Mongoose and her band, the Forget Me Knots. Big also accompanied Rotor to Antoine D'Coolette's hospital room after the Coyote was taken hostage by Metal Sonic, but arrived to find Antoine left behind and the robot gone.
Big and his teammates later attended the ribbon cutting celebrating the restoration of Castle Acorn, only for the structure to start falling apart. Discovering a connection between the recent "accidents" and Tails Doll, Big joined his teammates and Nicole in setting a trap for the mechanical being at the city power station. However, Tails Doll then surprised them by absorbing a number of nanites to create a monstrous new form for itself, bent on destroying them. However, the combatants-and all of Mobius were then enveloped by the effects of the second Genesis Wave.
- Note: Due to the Genesis Wave, Big's history from this point were changed to be nearly identical to that of his game counterpart's.
- Note: From this point, Big's history continues from his new life in the altered timeline.
Despite the impression his laid-back demeanor can leave on others, Big is quite intelligent, though he can become tongue-tied while under pressure. While physically imposing, Big has a gentle heart of gold and will lend out a helping hand where needed, and is quite happy when he can be of help to his friends. Apparently something of an eccentric among his people, Big lived on the fringes of the Mysterious Cat Country prior to his banishment and actually speaks with outsiders, something that his people look down upon.
Powers and abilities
Big is a significantly strong Mobian in terms of physical strength as demonstrated when he punched Drago Wolf through a solid rock wall. His strength surpasses the likes of Mighty the Armadillo's or Bark the Polar Bear's, and he is believed to the strongest Mobian on the planet in terms of raw power. His girth acts as rather effective defense, though his unblinking, off-putting gaze is often enough to deter most opponents.
Big is an expert fisherman with his trusty fishing rod, and can cast his line with pin-point precision.
Big cares very much for his friend, Froggy, and will do whatever it takes to save him.
- Freedom Fighters
- Dr. Eggman
- Snively Robotnik
- Battle Bird Armada
- Metal Sonic v3.0
- Team Hooligan
- While Team Rose from "Sonic Heroes" (a group consisting of Amy, Big, and Cream) was introduced to the comic, Blaze the Cat took Big's position on the team. The "Sonic Heroes" version of Team Rose has yet to appear in the comic.
- Big was not featured prominently in the Worlds Collide crossover event, but did make a couple of cameo appearances, the first being in Sonic Universe #53, in which Eggman envisioned him and Cream as being among the residents of Mobius whom he would terrorize with the Wily Egg after appropriating it from Dr. Wily. Mega Man #27-which featured Big's only actual appearance in the crossover-also featured Big in a "Short Circuits" panel, where he appeared as "Big Man", a failed concept for the Roboticized Masters.
- ↑ 1.0 1.1 Sonic the Hedgehog: The Complete Sonic Comic Encyclopedia, "Mysterious Cat Country" & Big the Cat & Froggy"
- ↑ Sonic the Hedgehog #80, "Swallowing Trouble"
- ↑ Sonic Super Special #13, "Sonic Adventure"
- ↑ Sonic the Hedgehog #83, "Menace to Society"
- ↑ Sonic the Hedgehog #84, "Perfect Chaos"
- ↑ Sonic the Hedgehog #85, "The Big Payback"
- ↑ Sonic the Hedgehog #125, "Sonic Adventure 2.5: Omega"
- ↑ Sonic the Hedgehog #134, "Home: Epilogue Say You Will"
- ↑ Sonic the Hedgehog #148, "Playing Around"
- ↑ Sonic the Hedgehog #174, "Union"
- ↑ Sonic the Hedgehog #213, "Reigning Cats and Dogs Part One"
- ↑ Sonic the Hedgehog #214, "Reigning Cats and Dogs Part Two"
- ↑ Sonic the Hedgehog #231, "Lost In the Moment"
- ↑ Sonic the Hedgehog #236, "Leader of the Band"
- ↑ Sonic the Hedgehog #240, "Heroes Part Two: For the People"
- ↑ Sonic the Hedgehog #241, "Unraveling"
- ↑ Sonic the Hedgehog #247, "At All Costs Part One: Fate Interrupted"
- ↑ Mega Man #27, "When Worlds Collide Part Ten: No Holds Barred"
- ↑ Ian Flynn (13 December 2009). Ask Ian XXVIII - Tis the Season to Give Answers. BumbleKing Comics. Archived from the original on 7 November 2015.