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For other uses of the term, see Big the Cat (disambiguation).

History

Sonic Adventure

Big was sleeping peacefully in his hut one night, when he woke up and saw that his friend, Froggy, had swallowed his lucky charm: the yellow Chaos Emerald. As soon as he noticed that Froggy had grown a tail, Froggy ran off, causing Big to chase after him. Big followed Froggy all over Station Square, from Twinkle Park to Icecap. Big was able to catch Froggy at Emerald Coast, but E-102 Gamma, a robot made by Eggman, snatched him from Big and ran off. Seeing that, Big tried to convince the robot to give him Froggy back, but without any positive results.

Later, Big went on board the Egg Carrier to once again reunite with his pal, Froggy. He had to fish him out of one of the many water tanks on the Hot Shelter. After finally catching Froggy, Big was teleported by Tikal into the past for a while, so she could pass him a message, just like she did to the other characters about Chaos, the god of destruction. In Big's case, he was shown just how important his "lucky charm" really was. When he got back to the present, he decided to try to get out of the Egg Carrier, but was caught by Dr. Eggman and Chaos 4, which then evolved to Chaos 6 when he absorbed Froggy (whose tail and Chaos Emerald had now disappeared). Just then, Sonic appeared to the rescue. Big merely had to fish Froggy out of Chaos 6, leaving the rest to Sonic once he rescued his buddy. After leaving Chaos to Sonic, Big found the Tornado 2 and decided to fly home with it, but crashed it near his house. However, that made the Chaos Emerald inside the Tornado 2 an easy target to Chaos when he was on a vicious rampage to gather all seven by himself. When Perfect Chaos destroyed the city of Station Square, Big gave one of the seven Chaos Emeralds to Sonic so he could go super and defeat Perfect Chaos.

Sonic Heroes

He has an important role in Sonic Heroes. In this game he is the Power Type member of Team Rose and teams up with Amy Rose and Cream the Rabbit to find Froggy and Chocola who had recently vanished, supposedly kidnapped. After defeating the Egg Emperor on the Egg Fleet, the Eggman clone piloting the Mech turns into a puddle of liquid, and Chocola and Froggy rise out of it. He later joins the other teams in defeating the true villain behind Froggy's and Chocola's capture, Metal Sonic, by buying Team Sonic enough time to use the Chaos Emeralds.

Sonic Chronicles: The Dark Brotherhood

Big is also a character in Sonic Chronicles: The Dark Brotherhood. He still maintains his somewhat slow and dim nature, but is an invaluable ally due to his ability to safely make it through harsh environments with his Invulnerability. He has a side-quest revolving around finding Froggy's friend Norton. In battle, he has superior strength, but slow speed, being granted only one turn per round.

Sonic Colors

Big makes an appearance in the DS version of Sonic Colors, yet again searching for Froggy. Having apparently followed Froggy into the Aquarium Park in Dr. Eggman's Incredible Interstellar Amusement Park, Big tries to search for Froggy at one of the rides, but has to clear a mission to be allowed to enter. He soon after meet Sonic and Tails, and explains that he is looking for Froggy. Sonic then says that he would help looking for Froggy by taking the mission. Sonic soon returns, but says he could not find Froggy, much to Big's disappointment. Big then asks if Sonic and Tails are hungry and they admit they could go for a bite to eat. As they ask Big what kind of snack he was thinking about, Big says fish and shows them a Chopper, much to their displeasure.

Big is later joined in his search for Froggy by Amy who is also trying to find Sonic. They soon run into Sonic and Tails, and Amy asks Sonic to entertain them by clearing a mission. After Sonic clears it, Amy offers to make a picnic for them, which Big eagerly asks if he can join them. He is also inspired to run after seeing Sonic, but Amy says he has to lose some weight first.

Team Sonic Racing

In Team Sonic Racing, Big and his team were having a picnic when Team Sonic showed up, having been invited to this location. Soon after, a stranger appeared, a Tanuki calling himself Dodon Pa. Introducing himself as the one who sent the invitation, Dodon Pa told Team Sonic that they would be racing as a team in the most advanced cars he could create in a Grand Prix that would test their limits. After Team Sonic agreed to join Dodon Pa's Grand Prix, Big thought this sounded like fun and asked Dodon Pa if he could come along on his spaceship to Planet Wisp where the first race awaited. When Dodon Pa allowed Big to join them, Big's teammates decided to come along with him, making Team Rose official competitors in Dodon Pa's Grand Prix.

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Big talking to Tails after seeing him talk to "nobody".

For the races, Big received the Frog Cruiser to race in. As the races progressed, Big steadfastly believed that Dodon Pa was nice, whereas the others began to grow suspicious about the Tanuki's motives. Nonetheless, Big enjoyed the competition. Between the races later on, Big caught Tails talking to someone, but was convinced by Tails that he was talking to himself. Soon after, Team Vector joined the Grand Prix. Not long after, Big learned that Dodon Pa had the technology to sent objects through space and time. While this made the others more vary of Dodon Pa, Big merely thought it made Dodon Pa seem "cool". Not long after that, Big and his team were joined in the competition by Team Dark and Team Eggman.

While waiting for the next race, Big and his team were radioed by Tails, who instructed them to join Team Sonic and Team Dark on the racetrack in order to help them take down Dr. Eggman, who had intruded on the two teams' race in order to compete against them on his own as a "special guest" (which Dodon Pa permitted despite knowing it was a lie). Though Big would rather "teamfish", he answered Tails' request. On the racetrack, Big helped get Amy into position using the Skim Boost. He then joined forces with the rest of Team Rose, Knuckles, Tails, Rouge, Omega and Team Vector. Together, they surrounded Eggman on the racetrack before delivering a massive beatdown on the doctor with their combined Wisp power-ups. However, Dodon Pa was too busy watching Eggman's beating to see who crossed the finish line first.[2]

As the heroes' hostility towards Dodon Pa grew, Big had the word "eliminate" explained to him by Omochao after Omega suggested eliminating Dodon Pa when he seems to be in cahoots with Dr. Eggman. Big, however, could not understand why everyone seemed mad at Dodon Pa. Amy tried to explain this to him, but Big failed to get her point. When it later seemed like Dodon Pa was giving the heroes' secrets to Eggman, Big tried asking Tails of what made them think that. However, Big did not understand the point Tails was trying to make. Later, just as Big was driving Knuckles nuts with his talk about Dodon Pa being nice though, Big brought up an important point: Dodon Pa was working with the Wisp, and Wisps only like nice people. This simple statement from Big made the heroes reconsider their opinion about Dodon Pa. Soon after, Big noticed, much to his dismay, that Eggman had recruited Metal Sonic for his team. Later, just before another race, Big was with his team when he saw a big guy hiding in the shadows. However, his short attention span meant that Amy did not take his observation seriously. However, Big soon saw the big guy after another race, who turned out to be Zavok, whom Eggman promptly recruited for his team. When the races later took their toll on Amy, Big suggested they could go on a fishing vacation after all this. Later, Big was proven correct about Dodon Pa when it was revealed that Dodon Pa was a good guy and that he was using the Grand Prix to gather information for his corporation's Ultimate Energy Engine, which Dodon Pa wanted to use for philanthropic purposes,

Soon after, Big saw Dodon Pa get kidnapped by Eggman and his henchmen, who took him to the Final Fortress. After telling the others about this, Big went to the Final Fortress with the others to rescue Dodon Pa. There, Eggman had them compete in a number of races with Team Eggman and his army of Eggpawns in exchange for Dodon Pa, not knowing Eggman was using them to gather the Ultimate Team Energy needed to finish the Ultimate Energy Engine. Once the engine was complete, Eggman stole it from Dodon Pa and incorporated it into his monster machine. Big and his crew subsequently faced the monster machine, and beat it in a race. However, the monster machine soon after went crazy and drove into the Final Fortress's core. As the Final Fortress crashed, BIg and his companions were forced to abandon their cars and evacuate the airship while Team Sonic saved Dodon Pa. Down on the ground, Big was reunited with Team Sonic when they arrived with Dodon Pa. Just as the Grand Prix seemed over since the cars had been destroyed when the Final Fortress crashed, Dodon Pa decided to give everyone new cars, thus allowing Big and his friends to race once more.

Other game appearances

Sonic Shuffle

Big is playable in Sonic Shuffle for the Dreamcast as an unlockable character.

Sonic Adventure 2

Big makes several cameo appearances in Sonic Adventure 2, where he can be found in most stages and boss fights, and even some cut-scenes if you look hard enough. He was also unlockable as a character in two-player Mech Battle mode. Perhaps as a reference to the fact he replaces the Eggman option, he's humorously seated in Eggman's mech and the punch attack being replaced with his froggy-like item in his term. In the GameCube version, almost all these cameos were removed, and in two-player mode, he was replaced by Dark Chao. Big still appears in the game a few times if the player hits the buttons repeatedly during cut-scenes. Notable ones include the scene after the battle between Knuckles and Rouge is over, when Amy begs Shadow to help the others in the last episode, or during the scene in the same episode where Eggman is puzzling over why the cannon won't fire. Strangely enough, the GameCube version omits some of his appearances in the Hero Side story, including one exclusive scene where he peaks out of the helicopter as Sonic is ready to jump off. Yet he does not play a role in the game's main storyline, he is just an "easter egg" for the game.

Sonic Battle

Big cameos in Sonic Battle as well. Players can choose to link four Game Boy Advances together using link cables to play multiplayer games with only one game cartridge. In one of these mini games, Big can sometimes be seen fishing as he sits on the platform where the other characters battle.

Sonic Rivals

Big makes a cameo appearance in Sonic Rivals as two collectible cards. Froggy also has one.

Sonic and the Secret Rings

He has a gallery section in Sonic and the Secret Rings. He appears in several missions in each level which usually mounts to two, if the player waits in the certain area for a few seconds Big will appear and a page will be unlocked. In each page it will feature him doing things will befriending a skeleton or lining up in a row of gargoyles and feeling out of place.

Mario & Sonic series

Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games

Big has an appearance in Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games acting as one of the referees.

Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Winter Games

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Big in the Adventure Tours of Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Winter Games for the Nintendo DS.

Big returns in the Wii version of Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Winter Games as a VIP character and a collectible decal. Once Big has been found as a VIP, a Mii costume of him can be purchased at the Boutique. In the Nintendo DS version, Big plays a part in the Adventure Tours, where the player (as Amy) must beat the mission to show Big what a mission is (though he still does not get it after beating the mission).

Mario & Sonic at the London 2012 Olympic Games

In Mario & Sonic at the London 2012 Olympic Games, Big appears during the story mode of the Nintendo 3DS version of the game.

Mario & Sonic at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games

In Mario & Sonic at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games, Big appears on the beach amongst other characters from both series.

Super Smash Bros. series

Super Smash Bros. Brawl

In Super Smash Bros. Brawl, Big appears as a Sticker:

Image Name Page ID Area of Effect Effect User
Big 7
Big The Cat (Sonic Adventure Director's Cut) 275 689 Battering Resistance +14 Everyone

Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS

In Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS, Big appears as a trophy:

Name Picture Description
Big the Cat BigTheCatTrophy3DS NA: Big the Cat spends most of his days in peace with his best friend, Froggy. But he's no ordinary cat! He enjoys napping, eating, more napping...um... He also likes fishing, which tests his strength. And if Froggy is ever in danger, Big won't even think twice before helping!

PAL: Big the Cat likes living the quiet life with his best friend Froggy. He might be the biggest fan of catnaps ever, but there's more to him than that! He loves to do a bit of fishing, which takes a lot more strength than you'd think, and woe betide you if you ever mess with Froggy...

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate

In Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, Big appears as a spirit. He is a Novice class primary spirit and is a Neutral Type.

Sonic and the Black Knight

An item called the Big the Cat Mask appears in Sonic and the Black Knight. It has a 5-Star rarity.

Sega Superstars series

Sonic & Sega All-Stars Racing

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Big and his vehicle in Sonic & Sega All-Stars Racing.

In Sonic & Sega All-Stars Racing, Big appears as a playable character. On the console versions, the player needs to pay 7,500 SEGA Miles to unlock Big, and on the DS and iOS versions, the player can unlock him with 40,000 SEGA miles. For the racing in this game, he is driving the Green Hopper, a small moped with a Froggy paint job.

In gameplay, Big has great speed and turbo-boost, but low acceleration and maneuverability. His All-Star Move, "Giant Froggy", lets Big summon Froggy, who grows in size immensely and begins hopping down the track, trampling on anybody in its path.

Sonic & All-Stars Racing Transformed

In Sonic & All-Stars Racing Transformed, Big makes a cameo on the racecourse Ocean View. Here, he can be seen hiding behind one of the cliffs that stick out of the water, where he catches fish.

Sonic Generations

Big has a couple of cameo appearances in Sonic Generations. He appears as a neon sign in the downloadable mini-game Casino Night in the console version. He also appears as a statue in the hidden Statue Room and in footage during the credits.

Sonic Runners

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Big in Sonic Runners.

In Sonic Runners, Big is a playable Power Type character. In gameplay, he can perform a midair dash attack and lower the game's speed by 10%, although at the cost of cutting the score in half.

During the "Birthday on Windy Hill" event, Big came to Sonic's birthday party with Team Rose and Froggy, only for him and his team (except Amy) to get kidnapped by Dr. Eggman when he attacked with his Death Egg drones. Thankfully, Team Sonic came to their rescue and a grateful Big went back to the celebration where he wished Sonic, after he returned from defeating Eggman, a happy birthday on behalf of him and Froggy.

During "Tropical Coast Event", Big had come to a beach resort with Team Rose and Froggy. While fishing, Big and Cream met Team Sonic who were looking for Eggman. At the same time, Big caught something and discovered it was Eggman, having accidentally fallen into the water. Once the scientist revealed he planned to turn Mother Wisp evil, Big and his team joined Team Sonic and helped them foil Eggman's plans.

Sonic Forces: Speed Battle

Big is one of the playable characters in Sonic Forces: Speed Battle who was added to the game's roster in the version 1.8.0 update. As an Easter egg, whenever a player chooses to play as Big, they will be able to see Froggy at the end of the track. Big has the following gameplay characteristics:

Rarity Speed Acceleration Strength Utilizable items
Super Rare 7/10 7/10 10/10

On Christmas 2018, Big was re-released as "Santa Big", a variant character of Big dressed in a Santa Claus costume, as a part of the 2.7.0 update. This character has the following stats that are applied in gameplay:

Rarity Speed Acceleration Strength Utilizable items
Special 9/10 9/10 7/10

Big's cameos

Sonic Adventure 2

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Big in Sonic Adventure 2.

In Sonic Adventure 2, the player can see Big in cutscenes by simply press the basic buttons at a certain point (or simply button-mash until he shows up).

Big first appears in the intro for Hero Side, peeking out of the G.U.N helicopter when Sonic is talking outside. When Sonic and Shadow meet, Big will be found circling around the fallen Big Foot. In the cutscene when the Egg Golem first appears, Big will appear on the other side of the door. Big's last cutscene cameo in Hero or Dark Side is thrice during the final Knuckles and Rouge encounter, where he appears in the background. Big appears in two cutscenes in the Final Story - in the intro where he drops down confused with Eggman, and twice with Amy before she decides to confront Shadow. In addition to this, Big appeared in every level of the game (bar Route 101 and Route 280), and appears twice in White Jungle and for each of the five characters in Cannon's Core. On top of that, he appears trapped during the first Sonic vs. Shadow fight, and sometimes appears in other locations in an action stage's hard mode. He is also seen in some stages though it's very hard to find him.

In Sonic Adventure 2 Battle, Big's cameos were drastically reduced. He no longer appears in the game's levels (sometimes being replaced by a ring), and does not ride the Egg Walker in multiplayer (he was instead replaced by Dark Chao Walker). He was also removed from the Hero Side cutscenes, but still appears in Dark Side and Final Story, as well as the occasional Chao drawing. The 2012 re-release returned most of Big's cameos except for Wild Canyon and Hero Side, and the Dark Chao Walker still replaces him.

Sonic and the Secret Rings

In Sonic and the Secret Rings, Big made several cameo appearance that include:

Level Location

SatSR Lost Prologue

Lost Prologue

This is the Splash Jump practice mission 16, unlocked after Sonic learns the skill at level 42. The player should Splash Jump onto the top platform bearing a platinum Ring, then wait for a few seconds to see Big appear swimming through the air.

SatSR-Sand Oasis

Sand Oasis

On the strip of land where pillars are rising out of the ground, the player should brake for a few seconds before they jump over the second falling pillar. They will see Big waving at them behind a shrubbery at mission 1.

SatSR-Dinosaur Jungle

Dinosaur Jungle

After running down the dinosaur, the player has to brake for a few seconds on the grassy area as they get near the flower spirit. They will see Big holding his head in mission 6.

SatSR-Dinosaur Jungle

Dinosaur Jungle (2)

When the player gets to the river, they have to ride the log into the flying pot. The player has to fly as high as they can, jump and do a Homing Attack into the Spring. They will jump automatically for a bit and then land on a grassy, circular platform with a genie egg. The player has to brake for a few seconds, and they will see Big waving at them under a dinosaur in mission 9.

SatSR-Evil Foundry

Evil Foundry

In mission 2, as the player starts the level, they have to do a Homing Attack into the tank that the Golem is holding. They should then attack its head, and then attack the magic carpet. The player has to brake for a few seconds after getting onto the pathway, and they will see Big on a torch lamp on the ceiling.

SatSR-Evil Foundry

Evil Foundry (2)

When the player sees the Golem, they have to jump onto the cylinder and brake for a few seconds. They will see Big sitting on the edge of a pit of lava in mission 8.

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Levitated Ruin

As the player approaches the lever to switch the second mirror, they have to brake for a few seconds. They will then see Big balancing on top of a tower in mission 5.

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Levitated Ruin (2)

At the start of Mission 10 when the player comes to the group of gargoyle statues, they should stand next to the one in the middle for a few seconds. They will see Big hiding behind a statue next to Sonic.

SatSR-Pirate Storm

Pirate Storm

When the player reaches the catapult after flying on a cannon rocket thing, they have to raise the catapult halfway and flick the Wii remote to (hopefully) land in the crow's nest. They have to brake for a few seconds and they will see Big sitting on a mast farther away in mission 1.

SatSR-Pirate Storm

Pirate Storm (2)

When the player comes to an area with two very tall platforms, they have to attack the disappearing-reappearing genie on the first tall platform, and then land and brake on it for a few seconds. They will see Big far away, looking at some type of fort.
Night Place SatSRNight Palace In the eleventh mission, when arriving at the pillars, the player should stop and remain still for a few seconds and they will see Big covering his head in the area where Sonic battles Erazor.

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 Sonic Channel (Japanese). Characters: Big. Sega. Archived from the original on 25 May 2019. Retrieved on 3 July 2015.
  2. Team Sonic Racing One-shot, "Team Sonic Racing"
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