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Bigby Wolf

I111 Bigby

I128 Bigby Wolf Form

I141 Bigby Broken

Species Fable, Wolf
a.k.a. Big Bad Wolf
Gaffer Wolf
Bigby Rawlins
Hair Brown
Eyes Brown (human form)
Family North Wind - Father (Deceased)
Winter Wolf - Mother (Deceased)
South Wind - Aunt
West Wind - Uncle
East Wind - Uncle
Greyheart - Brother
Snapjaw - Brother
Longtooth - Brother (Deceased)
Three Unnamed Brothers
Snow White - Wife
Sarah Tanaraq - Ex-lover
Rose Red - Sister-in-Law
Winter Wolf - Daughter
Blossom Wolf - Daughter
Therese Wolf - Daughter
Darien Wolf - Son (Deceased)
Conner Wolf - Son
Ambrose Wolf - Son
Ghost Wolf - Son
Lake - Daughter-in-law
Six Unnamed Grandchildren
Etan Wolf - Descendant
Tannika Wynn - Descendant
Hel - Descendant
Occupation Sheriff (Formerly, Retired)
First Appearance "Fables 1"
Last Appearance "Fables 150"
Death Issue "Fables 129" (Later revived)
Cause of Death Turned to glass and shattered by Prince Brandish.
Status Resurrected
Series Lifespan "Fables 1" to "Fables 150"
Original Source Little Red Riding Hood, Peter and the Wolf, The Three Little Pigs, Werewolf Myths
Gallery Bigby Wolf (Comic Series) Gallery
"I had no trouble being a monster. I loved it, in fact, and would have been perfectly content to grow ever more monstrous, day by day."
—Bigby to Boy Blue in the afterlife.
I129 Bigby Shattered

Bigby is shattered after being turned to glass by Brandish.

Bigby Wolf, also or formerly known as the Big Bad Wolf, is the main protagonist of the Fables comic series and the former sheriff of Fabletown. He is Snow White's husband and he has seven children with her.

CharacteristicsEdit

Although formerly an actual wolf of giant proportions, Bigby now has the ability to take on human form,[1] and to switch between his human and wolf forms at will.[2] Even in human form he retains some of his canine traits, including an enhanced sense of smell. In fact, his smell is so acute that to avoid sensory overload in the middle of bustling New York City, he is forced to smoke constantly and heavily to dull his senses. Even then, he must exert considerable willpower to mentally filter all of the millions of scents and smells. He is particularly attuned to the scent of Snow White, which he can never block out no matter how hard he tries. He is aware of her location every hour of every day, and can even recognize her mood from changes in her musk.[3]

In addition to this, he has inherited numerous powers from his father, the North Wind, including the ability to blow with the force of a hurricane[3] and to hold his breath for great periods of time.[4]

Bigby comes across as gruff and mean, but he is a firm believer in the law and due process.

Relationship with Snow WhiteEdit

It was clear from the first arc of the story, that Bigby was in love with Snow White. Ever since he first met Snow White, he was immediately attracted to her scent. This attraction and love was the first step toward his redemption and reformation from his evil ways. At first, Snow's relationship with Bigby was strictly business. But during Bluebeard's and Goldilock's plot to kill them, she herself began to grow closer to Bigby. Their relationship briefly turned bad, when Snow discovered that Bigby lied to her about sleeping together and accidentally impregnated her, through Bigby only did it so they could stay focused on the danger. Their relationship, however, was restored during the Invasion of the Wooden Soldiers and Snow openly began returning his affections. 

Their children, however, proved to be another obstacle for the pair. Since they didn't look human, Snow and their children were forced to move to the Farm and Bigby wasn't allowed there. Despite his attempt, he was unable to convince Snow to run away with their children. Seeing that there wasn't any reason to stay in Fabletown if he couldn't see Snow or his children, he exiled himself. During his exile, Bigby tried to forget about Snow White but wasn't able to do so. 

When Mowgli found him and told him about the opportunity to live with Snow and their children, he performed the secret mission in the Homelands to do so. He reunited with Snow White and proposed to her, which she accepted. The family quickly moved to the new house that had been built for them, where they live happily ever after. 

SynopsisEdit

Once upon a timeEdit

Bigby was one of seven pups born to the North Wind and Winter. He was the runt of the litter and mockingly called 'Big Bad Wolf' by his brothers; Bigby for short. He hated his father for leaving his family. When Winter died, his brothers went to learn from the North Wind, but he stayed behind to try to protect Winter's body from scavengers.[5]

After he failed to protect his mother's body, Bigby vowed to kill something bigger every day. By the time he hunted the Three Little Pigs[3], he had discovered the gifts he inherited from the North Wind. The first humans he hunted and ate were Red Riding Hood and her grandmother. A local woodsman cut him open while Bigby was sleeping, pulled Red Riding Hood and her grandmother out of his stomach, sewed rocks into his belly, and threw Bigby into a river.[6] He survived by holding his breath for three weeks (another gift from the North Wind) and passing the stones until he could swim to the surface.[4] Following that incident, he swore to only hunt humans.[5]

As Bigby began eating humans, he grew unnaturally large. He devoured entire towns, defeated armies, and even killed a dragon. Eventually, he made his way towards the North Wind. He tried to eat his father seven times and each time he was sent flying for seven times seven days. After the seventh time, he vowed to forget his father, stop mourning his mother, and be his own wolf.[5]

When the Adversary's armies invaded, the Wolf discovered that the flesh of anyone serving in the Adversary's armies was tainted with a foul taste. Furious that the Adversary was stealing his usual prey without providing a suitable replacement, and refusing to join the Adversary's army himself (determined to be his own leader), Bigby dedicated himself to thwarting the Adversary's plans. He traveled from kingdom to kingdom.

He eventually came to a certain kingdom where he learned of a witch who had a portal to the mundane world. When the witch traveled through the portal herself, the Wolf followed her and marked the trail, so that he and only he would be able to find the portal again. In furtherance of his attempts to frustrate the Adversary, the Wolf took up the task of leading fables who wished to escape the Adversary through the portal. In order to ensure that no spies were shown through, he insisted on tasting the flesh of everyone to whom he showed the path, and determining whether it was tainted or not. In this way he first encountered Snow White and Rose Red, who had been captured by the Adversary.[1] On meeting Snow White for the first time, he noticed her pleasant scent (which is apparently, to a wolf, a sign of one's future mate), which he would never be able to forget.[3] When the Wolf had killed the group's goblin captors, most of the captives attempted to flee the Wolf in terror, except for Snow White and Rose Red, who could not move because of their chains. Snow White took up a sword to defend herself, which the Wolf found particularly amusing. Freeing them, he offered to take them through the portal if they would let him taste their flesh, which they did.[1]

The New WorldEdit

Over the next two centuries, the Wolf continued to battle the Adversary's forces, guiding more people through to the mundane world, until the Adversary's warlocks improved their ability to track him and he finally traveled through the portal himself. Deciding not to feed on the people he had helped deliver from the Adversary, he settled in Carpathia. The locals were superstitious, and blamed the Wolf's predations on a local Count, whom they claimed was a fell spirit risen from the dead. This meant that the Wolf was left alone. The Count enjoyed the notoriety and he and the Wolf visited occasionally - through the Count, the Wolf was able to get some news of the wider world.

Eventually, the Wolf was tracked down by Snow White and Feathertop. Snow White offered to let the Wolf join one of their two new Fabletown communities, but revealed that he was not welcome in the wilderness community and that the other, based in New Amsterdam, would require that he pass as a human. She revealed that she had purchased a certain knife, with an enchantment that would let men walk as wolves or, as the original owner had claimed, vice versa. Due in part to the Wolf's curiosity regarding Snow White's scent (which he still could not forget), he agreed to the terms and used the knife to take on human form. He traveled with Snow and Feathertop across the sea to America.[1] He subsequently took the name Bigby and became Fabletown's sheriff.

Shortly after dealing with Tommy Sharp, Bigby and Snow White were enchanted by one of Bluebeard's artifacts. They went camping in Washington for several days under the spell.[7] When they were back to normal, they quickly found that Goldilocks was sent by Bluebeard to kill them.[8] Bigby was able to defeat her. Upon returning to Fabletown, Bigby had to admit that he had slept with Snow White and she was pregnant.[9]

Away From HomeEdit

When Bigby's and Snow White's children were born, it was discovered they inherited their father's talents. As such, they were confined to The Farm until they proved they could control their powers, a place that Bigby was forbidden to go. He retreated into the wilderness of Alaska. One of Bigby's sons, a wind named Ghost, was able to come with him. While there, he lived with a mundy woman named Sarah Tanaraq. Upon hearing that Prince Charming had a way he could live with his family from Mowgli, he returned to Fabletown.[10]

To live with his family, Bigby had to complete a mission for Prince Charming. He climbed up a bean stalk to the Cloud Kingdoms. There, he met Cinderella who prepared him for the mission. Bigby parachuted into Calabri Anagni, the capitol of the Empire. Once there, he warned Geppetto that Fabletown will strike back every time the Empire attacks, and blew up the Magic Grove. He attempted to free the Blue Fairy and bring Pinocchio back to Fabletown, but failed.[11]

Upon returning from his mission, Bigby arranged to meet Snow White. He explained that what had once been the Valley of Big Sleepers was now Wolf Valley and asked her to marry him. She agreed. The two of them and their children all moved to Wolf Valley together.[11]

Retirement Edit

Bigby spent the following years in retirement, living with Snow and their children. Despite having retired, Bigby was still involved in some of the executive decisions when it comes to Fabletown. King Cole, Prince Charming, Beauty and Beast often refer to Snow White and Bigby.

He became active again during the War against the Adversary, commanding a war front. The Adversary's army sent a magical arrow intending to kill him with one hit, but Boy Blue intercepted it and Bigby's only injury was a small cut that caused him to sleep for a few days. When he woke up, he challenged the Emperor and killed him with the aid of Boy Blue.

Following the disappearance of two of his children, Bigby went on a mission to find them, only to be called back when he heard of Snow White's troubles with Prince Brandish. He arrived on the scene intent on killing Brandish, not knowing that every injury he gave him would be deflected to Snow. Brandish used his sword's magic to turn Bigby into a statue of glass, and the witches declared that there was no trace of him inside it. The hope of Bigby using his father's powers to shape-shift into a living wolf again was destroyed when Brandish hit Bigby and shattered him into pieces.

The witches gather the pieces to rebuild him, but claim it may take centuries before he is made whole again. While this takes less time than they anticipated, Nurse Spratt has stolen a piece of glass and kept it to herself, leaving the statue incomplete.

Death Edit

In the afterlife, Bigby was told by Boy Blue that he could return to life at great cost, that it would be the most physically and emotionally painful experience of his life[12]. Whether or not Bigby chose to return was left vague. The repaired glass statue of Bigby disappeared, and rumors of a wild beast killing in the streets of New York began to spread.

Return to Life Edit

Bigby returned from the Lands of the Afterlife in bad shape. He looks broken and cracked, and does not recognize his friends. He is terrorizing New York by killing innocent people, and whether his state has anything to do with the trials Boy Blue spoke of is still unknown. The other Fables attempt to stop or apprehend him, which results in the death of Thrushbeard at the feral Bigby's hands. Unknown to the other Fables, Nurse Spratt is behind Bigby's rampage, having reformed the stolen piece of his glass body into a ring with which she can control his actions--though apparently with some difficulty, as Spratt is shown admonishing Bigby to stop resisting her commands. In addition, Bigby's damaged form is determined to be "leaking" raw magic which can disrupt existing enchantments, resulting in the spells cloaking the new Fabletown castle to weaken and fail, making the structure visible to Mundies for the first time.

Killed VictimsEdit

This list shows the victims Bigby has killed:

The Wolf Among UsEdit

Main article: Bigby Wolf (Video Game)

Bigby is the main protagonist in The Wolf Among Us, called to investigate what appears to be nothing more than a minor commotion at Toad's apartment building. This soon turns into a murder mystery when the girl from the apartment, Faith, is later found dead. Bigby also has an entry in the Book of Fables.

"The renowned Big Bad Wolf. He's known for tormenting pigs and girls in red hoods, but is trying to put those dark days behind him. Bigby now acts as Fabletown's sheriff and remains in his human form, mostly. However, due to his rough past, the citizens of Fabletown are slow to trust him. Bigby is determined to show that he's truly changed, but some instincts are just too hard to control."

AppearancesEdit

Fables

Volume 1: Legends in Exile

Volume 2: Animal Farm

Volume 3: Storybook Love

Volume 4: March of the Wooden Soldiers

Volume 5: The Mean Seasons

Volume 6: Homelands

Volume 8: Wolves

Volume 9: Sons of Empire

Volume 10: The Good Prince

Volume 11: War and Pieces

Volume 12: The Dark Ages


ReferencesEdit

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 "A Wolf in the Fold"
  2. Chapter Three: "Blood Tells"
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 "Storybook Love" Part Three: "Duel"
  4. 4.0 4.1 "Our Second Amendment Issue" - Chapter Four of "March of the Wooden Soldiers"
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 "The Runt". Published as part of Fables: 1001 Nights of Snowfall
  6. "The Last Castle"
  7. Storybook Love Part 1: The Mouse Police Never Sleep. Fables #13
  8. Storybook Love Part 2: Into the Woods. Fables #14
  9. "Storybook Love Part 4: Road-Runner and Coyote Ugly". First published in Fables #17 (November 2003)
  10. Wolves. Published in Fables #48 and #49.
  11. 11.0 11.1 Happily Ever After. Published in Fables #50
  12. Fables #134

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