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Headcanon: Big McIntosh by Earthsong9405 Headcanon: Big McIntosh by Earthsong9405

Not necessarily a “sneak peak”, but I’ve kinda decided to go ahead and post some of the colored sketches I’ve done up as character-specific headcanons. Kinda like how I already did for the Mane 6. So this one is, obviously, of Big Mac. :3



***This actually isn’t his age-thingy, but he is closely tied with AJ and he’s prominently present, sooo….***


As quite common to the immediate Apple Family, Big McIntosh is really large in size, clocking in at around 5’8. If you go to the parents headcanon, you can see that Big Mac gets his size and fuzziness from his father, but a good portion of his looks come from his mother, like his eyes, color scheme, and somewhat softer features. He also has his father’s “socks”, however they are a darker red instead of white. He’s ridiculously strong, which is unsurprising given the type of work he’s in; he’s so powerful he has to be very careful when bucking the trees, lest he accidentally uproots it or leaves an indention in it’s bark. The hitchcollar he’s wearing now belonged to his father.

Alongside Applejack, Big Mac is responsible for, not only the upkeep of the farm, but also it’s protection, which Sweet Apple Acres needs plenty of. Due to the Apple Family having a very successful farm (with a near monopoly on the apple aspect of the market), as well as Sweet Apple Acres being very close to the edge of Everfree forest, there’s bound to be bouts of danger. This usually comes in the form of bandits, saboteurs, or wild creatures straying from Everfree.

Due to his large size, deep voice, and strength, Big Mac is usually more than enough to get potential danger to cower away. Pair that up with the fact that AJ is just as powerful and intimidating, and threats usually think twice before attempting anything, but sometimes that’s not enough.

One of Big Mac’s biggest fears is to lose the rest of his family; he’s already lost his parents (and he actually witnessed the fight that ultimately killed his father), and with the possibility of danger still lurking around, Big Mac often finds himself many a sleepless night to patrol the farmgrounds. Just like he promised Applejack when she was nothing but a mere babe, he vows to fight the monsters that dare threaten his family, be it pony, wild animal, or anything else.

He can be overprotective, however Big Mac trusts his little sisters and grandmother to be able to take care of themselves, so while he frets he doesn’t automatically think the worst will happen. He isn’t overbearing about it. But he’ll be damned if he doesn’t fight like hell to protect them when he needs to.

I actually have the tentative headcanon that his injury during the Applebuck Season episode was caused by a pretty gruesome fight with a manticore. Big Mac and Applejack managed to drive it away, with AJ sustaining mild injuries, but Big Mac came out of it with claw marks and a broken rib. He was nearly healed by the time Applebuck Season rolled around, but the injuries still ached, especially when pressure was put upon them.


And there we go. C:

As always, though, feel free to ask me questions if you have any of them. And thanks a bunch for stopping by to take a look!

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Hetalia31 Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2014  Student
How do the apples buck trees without getting themselves bruised?
Earthsong9405 Featured By Owner Edited Aug 14, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
They do get bruised every now and again, but years and years of work and callousness minimizes this. That, and fast healing.
Here-for-the-ponies Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2014  Student Digital Artist
One thing I will never understand about bucking the apple trees to get the apples down is how the apples don't bruise. I wonder how the apples fare in terms of education as well, considering Applejack seems to be wary of basic math.
Earthsong9405 Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
Due to earth ponies having magic that can manipulate earth, I'd say that the Apple Family are pretty skilled in their magic. That said, they could have possibly made it so the ground is a suitable surface to fall on. Or maybe they use their magic to encourage the apples become hard enough to withstand the fall temporarily before they fall to the ground, where they return to their original state before falling off the tree. It could be many things. O:

That said, I think they actually use barrels to catch their apples in the canon show, but I can't remember at the moment.

As for Education, I think they all have gone to school and are decently educated. Applejack probably hates math (like a lot of folks), not because she's bad at it, but maybe because she suffers from Math Anxiety (I didn't know this, but it's ACTUALLY a thing o.o). She's much better at different subjects. Big Mac, on the other hand, would probably find math of all sorts pretty easy and maybe even enjoyable, he just probably doesn't speak about it much. Applebloom seems to be pretty smart as well, from what the canon show has shown us. And Granny Smith? She probably would have a highschool level education but never went to college (either that, or stopped somewhere during college) to better take care of her family after her husband upped and left them.

That's all my take on it, anyhow. O:
Here-for-the-ponies Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2014  Student Digital Artist
I'd say to go with something much more simple for how the apples don't bruise, like they're bred to not bruise.
And, yeah, they use buckets that resemble barrels cut a third of the way up.

Education, wise, I guess I would see them all as educated as anyone else in the area, but ponyville seems a bit more rural than most areas,
and may not even have high school level education there. Of course, just because they don't show high school aged students, or a high school
in the show doesn't mean there aren't any, but Ponyville does seem very quaint and rural, and may not have a high school or middle school.
Maybe Big Mac and AJ were sent off to Manehatten to further their education, rather than to become more civilized as AJ recalls in the call of
Cutie episode. That certainly seems much more realistic, especially considering that the Apples in general don't appear to value civil behavior
enough to send their young off to become more cultured.

I wonder where those high class Manehattan Apples came to be (or went to considering they weren't at the reunion).
knucklesxjulie4ever Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I would love to work with that pony.
ScarabsCorner Featured By Owner May 5, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Earthsong9405 Featured By Owner May 6, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
Thanks. c:
ScarabsCorner Featured By Owner May 6, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
your welcome
SonicHomeboy Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Aww. Poor Big Mac with how he lost his parents. :( That does add to why he fears losing his family.

Even the pain that he has to go through after being injured. Goodness... ^^; One tough dude.
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