Little is known about Nate's life before P.S. 38. He met Breckenridge Puffington III, or Bobby, in preschool. Bobby seemed to like nothing more than bullying Nate. In kindergarten, he met Francis Pope. In second grade, Nate and his family went to see a performance of "Peter Pan", during which time a teenager named Donna babysat him and Ellen Wright before Ellen took this job. At some point in junior high, he met Teddy Ortiz. At an unknown point, he became a Timber Scout under Teddy's father.
Nate Wright is in sixth grade for most of the series. At this point, P.S. 38 is becoming very old and falling apart. This is also when he meets Teddy Ortiz after they unintentionally set a squid on Mary Ellen Popowski, and Dee Dee Holloway after he "accidentally" invites her to the school dance. He is also reunited with Breckenridge, who at this point has had a change of heart and has forgotten about his bullying of Nate.
He is first seen trying to escape a standardized test before finding out the test never existed. He then makes an attempt to surpass everyone, due to a fortune in a fortune cookie, and ends up receiving seven detentions, including one during lunch where he spits out a wad of green beans, and breaks the record of getting the most detentions in twenty-four hours. Later on, he receives an assignment on Benjamin Franklin, where he is forced to mingle with Gina Hemphill-Toms, his archenemy. He is also forced to mingle with her when she joins their sports team and names them the "Kuddle Kittens." Later on, he loses his skateboard in a creek, and as a result he is delighted to learn of a door-to-door sale betwixt his scout troop, and is determined to win against Artur Pashkov. Through a sophisticated plan to make more money for himself, he succeeds in winning the board. He also competes against Jefferson Middle School when the students end up there when P.S. 38 is damaged (but not beyond repair; it fixes in two weeks). He also makes an enemy in a boy named Nick Blonsky when he steals a camera to start a rigged fight between him and Francis.
The Fitness Zone
Later still, his school is introduced to a new "Fitness Zone," which he is very upset about. At this point, his luck seems to decrease rapidly, leading to a series of incidents he was not responsible for causing. This included Teddy (accidentally) soaking his book report, sitting in gum and getting laughed at, and being embarrassed while reading a different report to the class. However, this changes for him when he learns Chad Applewhite has found a good luck charm, though he does not believe in it at first. After he fails to remember the lyrics to a song he and his band were expected to perform, Chad offers to let him borrow the foot, and Nate reluctantly agrees. The tables turn when he scores an impossible basketball goal from halfway across the court, receives 20 dollars when he locates a piece of jewelry, and wins a year's supply of Cheez Doodles (his favorite snack) by being the millionth customer to shop at an unnamed store. He also warms up to the Fitness Zone, to an extent. Finally, he gives the lucky foot back to Chad when he is having trouble with a girl named Maya whom the latter has developed a crush on. However, it is then stolen by Mrs. Godfrey, leading to trouble at the following Field Day event. However, Nate orchestrates a plan with Artur to help his team win the event. They also re-perform their song afterwards, and Chad is featured in the performance this time.
The Family Prime
As the year continues, Marty Wright has some important news for Nate and Ellen.
Likes and Dislikes
Cheez Doodles: Nate's favorite snack.
Jenny: Nate's love interest.
Sports: Nate enjoys playing sports at school. He plays soccer, hockey, dodgeball, beach volleyball, baseball, basketball and fleeceball (baseball parody).
Summer Vacation: Nate enjoys being out of school.
Femme Fatality: He enjoys reading the book because Femme is attractive.
Comics: Nate loves to draw comics.
Art: Art is Nate's favorite school subject. Mr. Rosa is the teacher.
Sara, Nate's Mother
Cats: Nate thinks dogs are better than cats. He also been known to be afraid of cats on some occasions.
Egg Salad: Self-explanatory.
Figure skating: Nate thinks figure skating is boring and is annoyed with Ellen watching it on the TV.
School pictures: Nate is never ready for the picture when it is his turn.
Gina: Nate is annoyed with Gina bragging about her perfect grades and her spotless academic record.
Social Studies: Nate thinks he is just memorizing useless facts for no reason.
Math: Nate thinks math is boring.
Ellen: Nate thinks Ellen is obnoxious. He also thinks it is annoying when his teachers compare him to Ellen.
Mrs. Godfrey: Nate's least favorite teacher.
Nolan: Nate hates him for bragging how he and other Jefferson students beat him at almost everything.
Artur: Although he doesn't outright hate him, Nate seems to be annoyed by him being "perfect at everything".
Nate is very rebellious, vain, conceited, arrogant, sarcastic, quick-tempered, greedy, and very self absorbant as seen in the comics and chapter books he is seen in. However, he is funny (though many characters would say otherwise), noble, hardworking (depending on what he is doing) and he always sticks up for himself and his friends when they are being bullied. Despite the fact that his grade point average is very low, he is shown to be quite smart at various times, and is certified "street-smart". His sarcastic/dramatic nature also tends to land him in the principal's office often. He has been given detention so many times that he is the unofficial detention "tour guide", although he wears the title with pride.
Nate is the main character in the "Big Nate" read the books. He has had several relationships with other people in the series.
Nate has an older sister named Ellen, who he considers to be quite annoying. It is unknown who his mother is, as he lives with only his father, Marty Wright. He has generally dissed Ellen as annoying and his father as clueless, though he still loves them.
Nate is currently in the 6th grade. He has Mrs. Godfrey in Homeroom and Social Studies, Ms. Clarke in English, Mr. Rosa in Art, Coach John or Coach Calhoun in Gym, Mr. Staples in Math, Mr. Galvin in Science, and Ms. Brindle in Home Economics. Mr. Rosa and Ms. Brindle are, arguably, his favorite teachers.
He has 2 best friends, Francis Pope, and Teddy Ortiz. He met Francis in kindergarten. The three of them get into several fixes, but they always tend to make up. One incident where Francis thought Nate lost a camera he had lended to him led to a temporary, intense hatred for each other that nearly tore apart their friendship altogether. In contrast to Teddy, the only thing he seems to hate about Francis in general is his aptitude for being neat and a goody two-shoes.
Jenny is a female student in Nate's grade. Nate has developed a crush on her, though Jenny does not return his affections (she is truly in love with Artur). He spends a lot of time attempting to impress her, with no success.
Spitsy and Mr. Eustis
Nate is friends with his neighbor, Mr. Eustis, and usually walks his dog, whose name is Spitsy. He has also dissed Spitsy to be somewhat weird; most notable to him is the latter's attraction to cats. His walks with Spitsy almost always lead to disaster.
From the start, Gina Hemphill-Toms was Nate's archenemy. For separate reasons, both were extremely annoyed with the other. They were seen screaming in terror when they were forced to work on a team project. Nate was even more annoyed after Gina joined his sports team, and tried to avenge her for naming them the "Kuddle Kittens."
Nate's least favorite schoolteacher is Mrs. Godfrey, who he regards as his nemesis. This relationship, however, was not to outrival his hate for Gina. He has drawn several offensive comics about her.
Nate seems to have a love-hate relationship with a popular student named Artur. He doesn't seem to hate him altogether, but many jealous tendencies emerge, especially when they are competing for a skateboard by selling posters, or wall hangings.
- He is 4'6" and 87 pounds.
- He got seven detentions all in one day, shown in Big Nate in a Class By Himself but at one point, got 10 detentions in one day on an earlier comic strips when Nate was making fun of Mrs. Godfrey's fingers, making it one detention for each finger.
- He has compared himself to Superman and some other superheroes.
- His locker is shown to contain many valuable items, such as a faberge egg (?) , a signed copy of the Declaration of Independence, an original Picasso painting, extremely old records, 100 dollar bills (yes, it says 100 dollar bills) , an autographed photo of Abraham Lincoln, a swimsuit photo of Greta Van Susteren, a Dog, and various other valuables. He once even opened a business where he would give a person anything from it for a dollar, though he closed it when a kid gave him a dollar and asked for a 10 dollar bill, with the kid getting a 9 dollar profit. He could have asked for a 100 dollar bill, though.
- He has Ailurophobia, meaning he is afraid of cats. However, this is not on all occassions with Nate.
- He has beaten Jefferson once, as shown in Big Nate Goes for Broke, on the Ultimate Snowdown chapter, or Chapter 11.
- In "Big Nate: Add More Babes", he mentioned something that happened concerning the divorce of Martin Wright (Dad) and his mother in a poem, and all that was "If Mom had custody".
- Nate is also a Scorpio.
- Nate has broken his wrist twice, he broke it while playing football in October 1992, and he broke his wrist falling off a lunch table in Jefferson School in Big Nate Goes For Broke.