Larry the Lynx is a Mobian lynx infamously known for an uncanny ability to cause bad luck to anyone nearby, friend and foe alike, granting him the reputation of a "super jinx". At first an isolated refugee during the First Robotnik War, Larry proved to have leadership potential that allowed him to become the head of the Substitute Freedom Fighters. Larry's bad luck still followed him though, as his team disbanded and he was left without any purpose for a few years. However this same luck proved to have it's benefits, as it lead to him joining Harvey Who's Secret Freedom Fighters under the call sign "Agent Joker".
A Lucky Find
Sonic the Hedgehog first met Larry while rescuing animals in the Great Forest from SWATbots, and found the lynx up a tree by himself. Though Larry tried to get Sonic to leave him alone, his bad luck took effect and caused the branch they were on to break and crash on top of the Knothole Freedom Fighters below. The resulting injuries dissuaded all but Sonic to have anything to do with Larry, and the hedgehog tried to help him give up the idea of having bad luck to no avail and to his own chagrin. Eventually they found the other Freedom Fighters had been captured, but Sonic was then able to turn the situation around by using Larry as a "good" luck charm against the SWATbots, destroying them, and then also causing Dr. Robotnik's all-terrain-vehicle to crash. This changed the Freedom Fighters' view of Larry greatly, and they gratefully brought him back to Knothole Village. (StH: #12)
Larry returned when the Freedom Fighters were captured during a mission that involved a video game system from the real world that somehow interfaced with Mobius Prime. While Sonic was off in another universe fighting Dr. Ivo Robotnik, Larry desperately gathered Sally's former trainees and Cyril, and launched a daring raid on Robotropolis that allowed them to rescue a captive Princess Sally and the other Knothole Freedom Fighters, with Larry using his bad luck to cause the Swatbots to destroy each other yet again with their own laser fire. After the mission, the Substitute Freedom Fighters were declared an official group and Larry was made their leader. (SLV)
Not all of his missions were so successful, though, as during Sonic's time in space Larry's bad luck would do as much damage to allies as it did to enemies, and sometimes even himself. On at least one occasion, Larry was hit by non-lethal friendly fire from weapons designed by Rotor Walrus when the targeting system suddenly malfunctioned. Larry's injuries however, led the Walrus to determine that he would never again construct gun-like weapons, a commitment that he took quite seriously. Eventually the Substitute Legion fell apart altogether from a lack of active field duty, and Larry was left without a role. (StH: #215, SU: #41)
Though he had no goals now, Larry still stayed in Knothole and later attended Antoine D'Coolette and Bunnie Rabbot's wedding. From this, it is presumed he was captured along with the vast majority of the Kingdom of Knothole's citizens during the Destruction of Knothole and subsequent rescue by Sonic and others. However, with the Substitute Freedom Fighters disbanded, Larry's life had fallen into a depressing spin. Hoping to find some purpose, he tried to run for public office in New Mobotropolis, only for his ballot box to spontaneously combust. Adding to the calamity, it burst into flames once again after being extinguished. (StH: #174, #175, #176, CSE)
Directionless and with his past heroism forgotten by almost everyone, a depressed Larry sat moping on a stump one day, when he suddenly fell through it. As his luck would have it, he landed in Secret HQ, the stump turning out to be its hidden entrance. There, he met Harvey Who, who suprised Larry not only by recalling his role in the Substitute Legion, but by also inviting him to use his "talents" to make the Republic of Acorn safe again. While eager, Larry had doubts since few people would just trust him like that, but the Director assured him it would be their "secret". (StH: #238, SU: #41)
Now having officially joined the Secret Freedom Fighters, Larry was assigned his first real mission to go with Leeta and extract Elias Acorn from Feral Forest during a Badnik attack. As they tried to leave, they were caught sneaking out of Elias's hut by Tails, which Larry attributed to his bad luck. Elias managed to convince Tails to forget about them, and they headed back to New Mobotropolis just as the Death Egg arrived. Once the full team was organised, they then went to help repel Dr. Eggman's ground troops and Team Metal from invading the city. While the others made direct attacks, Larry stayed in the shadows and channeled his powers to create malfunctions in the Egg Swats' weapons, causing both them and the robots to explode. (StH: #239, #240,With the mission a success, Larry was given the call sign "Joker" to maintain anonymity and then sent with agents Ace and Jack to track Geoffrey St. John to the Windy Valley in Soumerca, where his bad luck caused him to fall down the pit-like entrance to the tomb of Ixis Vale. Luckily, Shard saved him before he hit the bottom, and Silver wondered the wisdom in having Larry along on a covert assignment. He later set off another trap, but also caused it to malfunction; however, the noise alerted Geoffrey to their location. When they reached the inner chamber, they realized Geoffrey had just left the room and Larry waited as the others attempted to capture him. However, during the chase, Geoffrey caused the crypt to collapse, leaving Silver to hold off the falling rocks while Shard began to dig an escape tunnel. Larry in the meantime, sat aside in hopes of simply preventing his jinxes. (SU: #41)
After escaping the cave-in and returning to Secret HQ, they were yelled at by Harvey Who for failing to stop Geoffrey, and then headed for the Pit to locate agents King, Queen of Diamonds and Queen of Hearts after learning they did not return. At the bottom, they met up with the others and discussed their findings, leading Larry to theorize that Naugus could be using the ancient remains to cast a spell. Elias concluded they would have to interrogate Geoffrey, but Silver convinced the team that he could just be asked about Naugus' plan. As Silver got the information out of Geoffrey, Larry listened in on them as did the others, concealing himself underneath a rock. The team then returned to Secret HQ, and prepared to take down Naugus before he could take control of the Council of Acorn. (SU: #43)
While his teammates engaged Naugus and Geoffrey in the Ritual Chamber underground, Larry employed his jinx abilities to delay the proceedings with the Council of Acorn, trying to get them out of Military HQ. He first succeeded in breaking the lock on the door, and then caused the copy of the new constitution to become misplaced, followed by a blown fuse that cut out the lights, complicating the entire proceeding. The mission accomplished, Larry observed his old teammates Dylan, Penelope and Hamlin spending time together, melancholy that he could not join them due to the secretive nature of his work. (SU: #44)
Because of the bad luck which befell anyone in his presence, Larry had a very negative outlook when he first met the Freedom Fighters. He practically demanded that they leave him behind despite approaching SWATbots, and didn't complain when Sonic sent him to his apparent doom facing them. However, his initial victory boosted his confidence, enabling him to take command of the Substitute Freedom Fighters. Unfortunately, when the team saw little use and was later disbanded, Larry again fell into a depression, feeling a lack of direction in life. He tends to try his best in most situations, and has a brave streak; his tendency towards bad luck simply affects his outlook on most events.
Calling himself a "jinx," Larry possesses an unusual ability; bad luck tends to affect himself or those around him. This ability is largely unconscious, though Larry seems to believe he occasionally has some control over it. While this ability causes Larry various amounts of suffering, it can sometimes fall into his favour when it negatively affects others or puts him into unusual situations.
Larry has traditionally been depicted as a short Lynx, almost domestic cat-like in his appearance. He has brown fur with black stripes, which continues onto a long tail, and a patch of white fur on his belly. His ears, initially small, became larger and with obvious black-tipping following his redesign.
Larry typically wears no clothing, except when the situation calls for it. He was seen dressed up at Bunnie and Antoine's wedding. As a member of the Secret Freedom Fighters, he wears a black jumpsuit with yellow markings, as well as yellow-tinted goggles. His suit also comes equipped with claw-shaped blades on his wrists.
- Larry Lynx is the only Mobian Lynx featured in the comic who is not known to have been affiliated with the Raiju Clan at any point in time. Larry also differs from Raiju Clan Lynxes in having a long, domestic cat-like tail rather than a short stubby one.
- Larry Lynx bares a physical resemblance to the video-game character Bubsy the Bobcat.