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, which are all jerks.
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 is in the sixth grade just like Nate. When Nate, 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.
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 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.
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.
Chad is 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.
Chad is very good friends with Nate. Notably, Chad is in Nate's posse like only Francis Pope, Dee Dee Holloway, and Teddy Ortiz. Nate also helped him get through his crush on fellow student Maya and they seemed to share their negative views on the Fitness Zone, introduced to bolster fitness for children.
Chad seems to have an up and down relationship with his grandmother, who lives with his family. She is constantly trying to make him lose weight, and once even shipping him off to a fat camp, causing Chad to lose thirty pounds.
Chad has also criticized her several times, once mentioning her that her resolution to stop smoking tobacco lasted for 30 minutes (which he called the "best conversation they ever had").
Another time, Grandma tried to make him to stop lying about his weight, and he replied, "I'll stop lying about my weight if you stop lying about your age." He later then told Nate, "Then she took away my X-Box."
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.