Nack the Weasel is a character that appears in the Sonic the Comic series published by Fleetway Editions. He is a version of Fang the Sniper from Sonic the Comic, and appears as a recurring antagonist of various characters, particularly Chaotix (a group of which he was once a member). He is a resident of the Special Zone, and he frequently uses shrinking technology in his various schemes.
Nack used to be a member of the Chaotix Crew, serving as one of the guardians of his native Special Zone. However, he betrayed the Chaotix to the Brotherhood of Metallix for money, first by giving the Brotherhood access to the Omni-Viewer's system and then leading the other members of Chaotix (as well as Knuckles) into a trap. However, when the Metallix felt that they had no further use for him, they betrayed him in turn. He had expected this, however, and come prepared with a disruptor gun with the power to destroy all of them. Unfortunately, he was blasted in the back before he could use it (Knuckles later took and used it instead), and spent the next few months in a prison hospital. However, he recovered more quickly than expected and managed to escape. Acquiring a treasure map to the Lost Pyramid of Sandopolis, he travelled to the Floating Island and used his shrinking technology in an attempt to steal the Pyramid's treasures. However, he was thwarted by Knuckles and Chaotix, and once again sent to prison.
Eventually, he once again managed to escape from prison, and fell into the employ of the villainous Lord Sidewinder. He first supplied Sidewinder with a shrinking device, and was later hired to steal Super Sonic, who at this point had been frozen in time within the Omni-Viewer's force-field. He infiltrated the Black Asteroid, where Chaotix intended to entomb Super Sonic, and used his shrinking ray to reduce Chaotix and Sonic the Hedgehog to the size of mice. He captured Chaotix, but Sonic was able to steal the shrinking ray and turn it on Nack. Unfortunately, Sonic used the shrinking ray for too long, and Nack appeared to shrink to nothing.
He finally teamed up with Robotnik's loyal lackey Grimer, developing a belt-like device that could shrink people down to sub-molecular levels. It is never officially stated why he did this, but it is assumed he was paid, or promised payment, by Grimer. Using this, he and Grimer intended to retrieve Robotnik (who had been shrunken to these levels and was presumed dead); in the process, they came across the sub-molecular, mystical world of Shanazar. Nack would eventually help Robotnik not only return to Mobius but also merge it with Shanazar in the process, after which he was never seen again.
His character was said to be a scientific genius, as shown with his development of the disruptor and knowledge of how to hack the Omni-Viewer. He also had an affinity for shrinking technology, such as his shrink ray and shrinking gas cartridges, which allowed him to shrink and grow objects and people, including himself. He wore these devices on a band around his cowboy hat.
He used this technology to conceal weapons, as well to shrink down echidna treasures from the Sandopolis Zone so he could more easily steal them and then re-expand them before hopefully selling them on. He also used this technology during combat, to shrink his enemies so that they could be easily captured.
- Whereas the games version of Nack has only four fingers on each hand, the STC version of Nack has five, as do the other characters in the series.
- Oddly, after having such a crucial role in starting the Shanazar run of stories, Nack never really had much of a role in those stories. Nigel Kitching revealed on the sonicthecomic Yahoo group that he originally planned to have Sonic chase after Nack through Shanazar so he could use his belt device to return to Mobius, but he was fired off the comic before that could happen (he was rehired by a later editor).