Big Mac is Captain Star's second tug, who sports a distinctively broad Glaswegian accent. He is used for a variety of tasks around Bigg City Port. Usually, because he is one of the strongest tugs, it means he is supporting heavy loads. Big Mac is based on the tugs of San Francisco waters from the 1920's. Despite his name, he is NOT named after the famous McDonald's sandwich: his name is more likely to derive from his Scottish heritage.
Big Mac can come across as a rude and stubborn tug, but he has a heart of gold, despite his tendencies to be macho, gruff and tough at times. He is very much willing to set aside his own safety for the sake of others, and usually (but not always) remains level-headed when undergoing a strategy. Big Mac works mainly with Warrior, and the two tugs have an extremely close, almost brotherly friendship. Even though Warrior's clumsiness and thick-headedness ocassionally frustrates him, he still respects and cares for him. He also stands up for Warrior if anyone makes fun of him.
As opposed to his gruff personality, he is fitted with a rich and melodic chime whistle.
Big Mac is, without doubt, an essential character to TUGS. He is the second strongest harbour tug of the fleet and despite his sometimes abrasive manners, he can be kind and gentle. He is always willing to help out someone in trouble, and uses his great strength to help whenever he can. He also has a strong protective streak for the Star switchers, particularly if the Z-Stacks are mocking them.
- Pirate (does not speak in the TV version)
- High Winds
- Up River
- High Tide
- Munitions (only appears in the VHS Version)
- Bigg Freeze
Books and Annual Stories
- Run Aground
- Nothing to Declare
- Treasure Hunt
- Loading Grain
- Mistaken Identity
- The Race
- Heat Wave (cameo)
- Ship In Distress (mentioned)
- Naval Manoeuvres
- Ten Cents' Busy Day
- In Salty's Lighthouse, Big Mac is called "Big Stack".
- His name is not to be confused and has nothing to do with McDonald's famous sandwich (some believe the name change for Salty's Lighthouse was made to not interfere with a lawsuit from McDonald's).
- His model was sold to The Star Tugs Trust, although, prior to his sale, he was so damaged that his hull had completely separated from the rest of his body. The model was repaired shortly before sale.
|Ten Cents • Big Mac • O.J. • Top Hat • Warrior • Hercules • Sunshine|
|Captain Star • Grampus|