- For the version of this character before the Super Genesis Wave, see Big the Cat (Pre-Super Genesis Wave).
Template:Character Big the Cat is a character that appears in the Sonic the Hedgehog comic book series and its spin-offs published by Archie Comics. He is a large anthropomorphic cat and a member of the New Freedom Fighters. 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 in stopping Perfect Chaos. When the Shattered World Crisis broke out, Big joined the Freedom Fighters in their efforts to restore the planet.
Big is a very large and burly anthropomorphic 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 eyes have yellow scleras with black irises. His preferred attire consists of tan gloves, sandals, and a matching belt with a gold buckle. He carries a fishing rod with him at nearly all times.
Searching for Froggy
Nothing about Big's early life is known, other than that he has lived for most of his life at his shack in the Mystic Ruins jungle with his best pal Froggy, completely undisturbed by the world at large. This all changed when a series of events pulled Big into Dr. Eggman's latest scheme involving the ancient water monster Chaos. When Froggy inadvertently swallowed the creatures tail, he immediately caught the attention of Eggman's robots. Big took it upon himself to rescue Froggy when he was captured by E-102 Gamma, chasing the robot back to the Egg Carrier before the ship took off, where the large cat found himself up against the fearsome Chaos alongside Sonic the Hedgehog. After saving Froggy from the monsters clutches, the pair of friends returned to their home in the Mystic Ruins, to continue living in peace.
Later, Froggy had gone missing once again, this, it seemed he'd been kidnapped by none other than Sonic, along with Cheese's brother Chocola. Joining Amy Rose and Cream the Rabbot as part of Team Rose, they set off on an adventure to find their friends. The group would later discover that the one behind this elaborate ruse was a self-upgraded Metal Sonic, who attempted to do away with Big and the other heroes in its Metal Overlord form. With the power of teamwork, the heroes where able to defeat Metal Overlord, and Big was reunited with his best buddy once again.
The Shattered World Crisis
- Note: From the readers point of view, this picks up from where Big's original history ended.
During a typical day of fishing in the Mystic Ruins, Big met Sonic and Tails who arrived at his home looking for Rotor and the Sky Patrol. The duo (who had recently returned from the Super Genesis Wave with memories of a different timeline) were puzzled as to why Big was back at his old home and not in Mobotropolis, to which the cat was clueless. Big was more than happy to help his friends locate Rotor, and ended up running into Rotor's attempt to stop a horde of Badniks. Ultimately, Big showed he still had a heroic bone in his body by fighting off Silver Sonic and protecting Sky Patrol, the cat opting to stick around afterwards. He was later present on Sky Patrol when Sonic retrieved Amy Rose and Sally and had a front row seat to the destruction of Mobius.
With the Shattered World Crisis in full swing, Big aided the Freedom Fighters in rescuing people in the nearest location ravaged by the split: Station Square, where he fished people out of the flooded streets and effortlessly tossed a car to one side to rescue people trapped in Twinkle Park. He subsequently took up residence aboard the Sky Patrol with his teammates where they set out to restore their damaged world to normal. Big remained on the Sky Patrol with Bunnie D'Coolette, Cream, Cheese, and Froggy while the other Freedom Fighters went on missions in Meropis and the Crystal Cave. Upon the return of the latter group with a Chaos Emerald, Big cautioned Froggy to stay away from it, remembering their last encounter with such a gem.
Despite many people's thoughts, Big is quite intelligent, just laid back. 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.
Powers and Abilities
Big possesses a significant level of raw physical strength and can easily be recognized as the brawn of the New Freedom Fighters. He is strong enough to stop Silver Sonic completely in its tracks while in mid-Spin Dash and throw it high into air, and he can effortlessly throw an entire car. His girth acts as rather effective defense, though his unblinking, off-putting gaze is often enough to deter most opponents.
Like many others, Big can use the Spin Dash technique. His particular version of it is quite devastating, capable of tearing through the Mystic Ruins jungle while helping protect the Sky Patrol.
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.
- New Freedom Fighters