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Big Figure (? - October 31, 1985) was a dwarfish gangster with a penchant for cigars. In 1965 he was apprehended through the actions of Rorschach and the Nite Owl. He was then incarcerated in Sing Sing prison.
When Walter Kovacs was arrested for the murder of Edgar Jacobi, he was immediately threatened upon his arrival in prison by Big Figure and his small army of henchmen. Even in prison "Figure" still commanded his organization on the outside; his first meeting with Kovacs is highlighted by threatening the family of a prison guard, Mulhearney, who stands watch on Kovacs' isolated cell.
After Otis' death, Big Figure arranges for a prison riot with the simple intent of distracting the prison's guards to gain entry to Kovacs' cell, wanting 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 to kill Lawrence; Lawrence's body had been blocking the door's lock housing.
When the second man, Michael, finally opens the door with an acetylene torch, Kovacs shatters his toilet bowl causing a small flood of water to make contact with the torch'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 just as Nite Owl and Silk Spectre show up.
In the 2009 film, Big Figure is played by actor Danny Woodburn. Not much in the scenes between himself and Kovacs is altered for the film however, when Kovacs finds Figure in the men's room, blood flows out from under the door in addition to water.