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" #3 in P.S. 38's "Least Likely to get Detention Club," because, as Nate says, it's impossible to get detention when you're perfect in every way."
Big Nate: In The Zone

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Artur Pashkov (pronounced “art-oor”) (Belarusian: Артур Пашков) is an exchange student from the Republic of Belarus and one of Nate's all-time frenemies until Nate became friends with him. He is a member of Enslave the Mollusk, the Timber Scouts, and the Doodlers. Artur is said to be very intelligent. He is a major character in Big Nate. Nate is annoyed with the fact that Jenny likes Artur instead of him and Artur's ability to defeat Nate at chess, taking away his title of number one player on the Chess Club. Artur is very nice to Nate and regards him as his best friend, and is generally unaware about the one part of Nate that really hates him. Artur speaks English in a broken way, which is what Nate thinks the reason is for girls liking Artur so much. Artur joined Enslave the Mollusk (despite Nate's protests) and became the lead singer, which moved Nate to drums. He became a Timber Scout and lost to Nate for the first time during one of the fundraisers.

Eventually, Artur became aware of Nate's one-sided hatred towards him and left Enslave the Mollusk, messing up the band's debut. However, he and Nate finally made up, resulting in the two becoming official friends and Artur rejoining the band.


Early life

Artur lived in the Republic of Belarus (Byelorussia in Russian), before enrolling in P.S. 38. It is unclear which town in Belarus he was born in.

Later on, after leaving Belarus, he became Jenny's boyfriend. He also joined "Enslave the Mollusk" after Francis and Teddy were impressed by his performance of "I Fought The Law."

P.S. 38 years

At one point, Nate explained how everything was better before Artur came to the school, but nobody believed that everything was better before because nothing was better before.

At some point, Artur acquired a pet dog. During a sorting assignment from Mrs. Godfrey regarding Benjamin Franklin, Artur was paired up with his girlfriend, Jenny Jenkins, for the project.

Artur was also on the Killer Bees fleece ball team. They defeated Nate's team because Gina committed too many errors, and when the Kuddle Kittens finally caught up to them, she made her talking stuffed kitten, Kuddles, disrupt Nate's winning swing.

Artur was the singer for Teddy, Francis, and Nate's band Enslave the Mollusk. But one time, when they were about to perform at an assembly about being healthy, Artur found a list in Nate's backpack about mean nicknames like fart bucket and whore about Artur. So then Artur quit Enslave the Mollusk before the assembly.

Timber Scouts

An incident while painting caused Mr. Rosa to give Nate detention, making him late for the Timber Scouts meeting. While catching up on what he missed, Nate learned Artur joined the Timber Scouts, much to Nate's dismay and annoyance.

Artur and Nate were both hoping to sell the most wall hangings to win a skateboard. On the first day, Artur had already sold twenty wall hangings, fifteen more than Nate.

He is later seen selling for the fundraiser during P.S. 38's school play of Peter Pan. Artur, Gina, Francis, and a few unmentioned others go to a math camp, so Nate expected a great opportunity to sell until he discovered Artur was way ahead of him. Nate was worth $109.08, while Artur sold a total of fifty-three royalty-free $8.00 wall hangings, raising himself to $424.00.

Nate then tried to get him and Gina together so Artur would dump Jenny by luring Artur into Gina, letting Nate swoop in and become Jenny's boyfriend. Artur took Nate's talk the wrong way and spread rumours that Nate likes Gina, much to Nate's horror.

In the end, Artur and Nate managed to tie for the skateboard, so a coin toss decided it. Nate won - one of his rare victories against Artur - but Artur was happy with the telescope, which was the second-place prize. He beckoned his friends to follow him home, where he set up the telescope while Nate followed on his new custom skateboard. While in a relationship with Jenny Jenkins, Jenny moves to Seattle and the two break up in (Big Nate: What's a Little Noogie Between Friends?)

P.S. 38 Cartooning Club

Artur later joined the P.S. 38 Cartooning Club as a member.

The Trivia Slam

Artur formed a team in the Trivia Slam called "Artur's Antelopes." However, they were eliminated from the contest because they couldn't answer the question, "What is the only vegetable that is also a flower?" The correct answer was broccoli, but it is unknown what Artur answered.

Behind the Scenes

One of Artur's facial expressions.

  • Artur is the third least likely person to get detention, according to Nate.
  • Artur tried out for Enslave the Mollusk and eventually joined to replace Nate as a vocalist. Nate then became the drummer.
  • Nate actually tried to get Artur to start thinking badly of others, especially Mrs. Godfrey, resulting in him beginning to think bad thoughts about Nate and Nate getting detention after Mrs. Godfrey hears his demonstration. (In Big Nate: Makes the Grade)
  • Despite his huge popularity, the most popular boy in school, Marcus Goode, has called him a loser.
  • He ate Nate's cookies when he didn't show up to the Scout meeting in Big Nate: On a Roll