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Nate Wright, Francis Pope, Teddy Ortiz, Artur Pashkov, Dee Dee Holloway, Breckenridge Puffington III.


Randy Betancourt and his posse, Marcus Goode, Nolan and other Jefferson students.


Good Food, drawing, comics, playing fleeceball.


Vegetables, being teased, getting hurt.


Student, Scout, P.S. 38 Cartooning Club Member.






March 21 - April 19, 1979


Mom, Grandmother, Great Grandmother (Edna) and Flora (His pet hamster).

Chad Applewhite is one of Nate's best friends as a minor character. Chad is a short, chubby kid with red hair and freckles. Chad likes most kinds of food and admits to having a sweet tooth. He is in Nate's baseball and basketball team, but these are the only sports that he is known to play besides fleeceball. He is a very relaxed kid and gets along with most people except for Marcus, Randy and Nolan.


Early Life

According to his baby picture, Chad didn't look very different then how he currently looks. The only difference is that he now has hair, and is probably bigger as well.


Chad's baby picture


Chad is in the sixth grade just like Nate. When Nate Wright, Francis and Teddy sat with him during lunch because their table was stolen by Chester. Nate accidentally called him Todd in Big Nate: In A Class By Himself.

Sports player

Chad Applewhite was on Nate's fleeceball team. After the Kuddle Kittens claimed their victory over all the other teams including Randy Betancourt's team, the Raptors, Chad suggests they write a story about it, which Nate does. Chad was the hero of his baseball team when he managed to strike out Randy in the overtime.

Timber Scout Troop

Shortly afterwards, Chad was in the Timber Scout group which Nate is also in. He also starred in the "Peter Pan" play as Michael. During this, he accidentally smashes into a wall, nearly destroying the set for good.

Passage to Jefferson


Chad injured after breaking his tailbone

Chad is a member of the cartooning club like Nate, Francis, Teddy, Artur and Dee Dee. He and the cartooning club figure out ways to beat Jefferson Middle School together. He also breaks his tailbone, prompting the doctor to give him a tailbone pillow. When Nolan attempts to steal it, Nate fights him for it and breaks his dominant wrist in the process.

Trivia Slam

Chad makes a minor appearance in this book. He is seen partaking in the Trivia Contest with Nate, Francis, Teddy and Dee Dee. He specializes in asking questions concerning meals.

In Nate's posse

For the first time, Chad is shown to have a crush on Maya. At one point, Chad is bullied by Marcus Goode, who calls him "superchunk" hoping to show to everyone how sixth graders are "totally lame". He later raced with Maya and against Goode and Jacob, winning the event. Afterwards, he joined Nate's group of friends. He once again assisted his friends to win a scavenger hunt at P.S. 38's centennial.

Physical Appearance

Chad is quite chubby, due to his obsession with food. He is also out of shape, as shown during the scavenger hunt when he is the only one panting while he and his friends dart across the halls, while being coaxed by Halloway. He is also described as the shortest kid in his grade. He has the classic red hair and freckles.


Chad is short, chubby, and liked by all his classmates. He is respectful and enthusiastic, always supporting his friends. He likes food a bit too much, always hoping that there is something he can eat, and appearing in the most random of places when food is mentioned. Despite this unique taste, Chad is easy going and kind. He also fears snakes and clowns for obvious reasons. It is unknown why he is intimidated by yogurt, but it could be because yogurt is healthy and Chad tends to eat unhealthy foods.

Behind the Scenes

Chad's last name is Applewhite, due to the fact because while Lincoln Peirce was doing information on Nate's baseball team (and Chad is on it), his last name was put on the back of his uniform, so Lincoln Peirce chose Applewhite because it was old-fashioned and innocent, like Chad. (This was taken from the Big Nate website.)

In recent years Chad has started to have a much larger role, appearing more and more often in the comic strip and also in the novels.


  • His major appearance was February 16 to 18, 2006.
  • He has an obsession with eating and food. (His last name is also Applewhite.)
  • A similar character named Brad appeared in 1999. There was also another character called Chad, but not the same one.
  • Chad's first appearance was when Nate became Chad's life skills coach around the 2006.
  • At one point, he is said to be the smallest kid in the entire school. But now he is no longer the smallest kid in school since Breckenridge Puffington III moved in. (Breckenridge has been shown to be a noticeably shorter than Chad).
  • Until Chad first appeared, Nate was the shortest kid at P.S 38.
  • In Big Nate: Goes For Broke, he breaks his tailbone after slipping on ice.
  • Chad's doctor's name is Dr. Krensky. He is the one who gave Chad his inflatable donut when he bruised his tailbone to take pressure off the tailbone.
  • In Big Nate: Flips Out, it is revealed he is afraid of snakes, clowns, and yogurt. On October 6, 2018, it is also revealed that he is afraid of soccer balls and college.
  • Also, in Big Nate Flips Out, Chad is in the Trivia Bee on Francis' Factoids.
  • It is seen that Chad's mother is very protective of her son, but not to herself.
  • He has never been mad, except in Big Nate In The Zone when Marcus was making fun of him for his chubbiness.
  • For some reason now his appearance is much larger. 
  • He seems to resemble Liam and Derek, two of Nate's chess opponents. He has the same hair style, freckles, and hair color and chubbiness. 
  • He has a pet hamster named Flora as said in "Big Nate: Lives It Up". In a 2012 comic strip, it is also revealed that he has a cat.
  • He became the school's food critic on December 7, 2016.
  • If he was a Harry Potter character he would be a slytherin.
  • Chad is the scout of Nate's little league team. He has helped Nate navigating through an opposing pitcher and about other teams that also have pastry names too.
  • Chad is an Aries.
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