During his time as an active crime boss, Big Figure became one of the most feared gangsters in all of New York. His criminal activity brought the attention of Rorschach and Nite Owl II on several occasions. He was eventually defeated by them and later incarcerated in Sing Sing. Although incarcerated he had formed a small army of henchmen, and influence from inside the prison. He looked forward to avenging himself against Rorschach and Nite Owl.
In 1985 when Walter Kovacs was arrested for the murder of Edgar Jacobi, he was immediately threatened upon his arrival in Sing Sing by Big Figure.
After Otis' death at the hands of Kovacs, Big Figure arranges for a prison riot with the simple intent of distracting the prison's guards long enough to gain entry to Kovacs' cell, seeking revenge. Unfortunately for Figure, Kovacs proves to be much craftier than his attackers; he binds the hands of the bigger man, Lawrence, to the cell's door when the man lunges for him. Figure orders his second goon, Michael, to kill Lawrence; Lawrence's body had been blocking the door's lock housing, so he uses the power saw to slice both of Lawrence's arms off, killing him.
When Michael, finally opens the door with the power saw, Kovacs shatters his toilet bowl causing a small flood of water to make contact with the saw's frayed power cord, electrocuting Michael. Big Figure retreats in helpless terror, with Kovacs right behind. Kovacs finds his adversary hiding in a men's room and drowns him in a toilet shortly before Nite Owl and Silk Spectre II show up.
- When Walter Kovacs finds Big Figure in the men's room and kills him, blood flows out from under the door in addition to water.
Behind the Scenes
- In the 2009 film, Big Figure is portrayed by Danny Woodburn. Aside from sharing the same height as the character, the actor is physically very different from the comic book version.
- Not much of Big Figure's moments of himself and Walter Kovacs is altered for the film.