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    June 13, 2022 4 min read


    Buzz Lightyear is a main character of the Disney•Pixar Toy Story franchise. He is an Andy Davis's spaceman action figure based on the fictitious character of the same name. He is also Sheriff Woody's best friend and Jessie's boyfriend.

    Buzz was created at a time when astronauts were particularly popular among children. As a result, his appearance in the original Toy Story caused friction with Andy's favourite toy, Sheriff Woody, though this rivalry would eventually blossom into a lifelong friendship.

    Buzz is a toy from the same-named science fiction franchise where he is a universal space ranger from the Intergalactic Alliance and the captain of the Alliance's team. Buzz has been trained in several martial arts and is an expert in hand-to-hand combat. Buzz is an example to many because he is in peak physical condition and makes an excellent space ranger.


    Buzz, like many other characters in Toy Story, is a complicated character who experiences genuine emotions like pride, anger, depression, and sadness, just like any other human. These are characteristics he shares with his best friend, Woody, but Buzz is better at controlling his emotions than the cowboy. Known for his bravery and courage, he has a rule-following mindset and believes that people should live their lives by following the rules. Though there are times when he will bend the rules or fabricate a cover story if he believes it is the right thing to do. Despite his great leadership abilities, one of Buzz's major character flaws is that he can be rather unemotional at times.

    In Films

    Toy Story

    Buzz is a birthday present from Andy's mother, Mrs. Davis, in the original Toy Story. Woody quickly discovers that Buzz believes himself to be an actual "space ranger" as he introduces Buzz to Andy's room and the other toys. This does not prevent Buzz from becoming the most popular toy in the bedroom, as well as with Andy, who abandons his western aesthetics in favour of astronauts and space. This, combined with Buzz's delusions, causes a bitter rivalry between Buzz and Woody, but their shared adventure and experiences turn them into best friends by the end of the film.

    Toy Story 2

    In Toy Story 2, after Al McWhiggin, the owner of Al's Toy Barn, steals Woody, Buzz plans a rescue mission with himself, Rex, Mr. Potato Head, Slinky, and Hamm. While separated from the group at Al's Toy Barn, Buzz meets another version of himself. Unfortunately, he believes he is a genuine space ranger and confines Buzz in a box to prevent him from "going rogue." Buzz escapes and follows his friends (and the imposter Lightyear) to Al's apartment, where they reunite with Woody, but there is still some doubt about who the real Buzz Lightyear is. Buzz establishes his authority by removing the fake Lightyear's helmet and revealing Andy's name on the bottom of his boot.

    Toy Story 3

    Andy has grown up and is about to leave for college in Toy Story 3. Few toys remain, and everyone (except Woody) agrees that the best thing they can do is donate themselves. They are led by Buzz to Sunnyside Daycare, which houses toys that their owners have outgrown. Lotso, the daycare's leader, assures Andy's toys that they will live a long and happy life with Sunnyside, cementing their decision to stay. This irritates Woody, who believes they should go home. The other toys grudgingly refuse, and Buzz bids Woody farewell. The rest of the film follows their escape from the daycare.

    Toy Story 4

    He assists Woody and Bo in rescuing RC in the flashback. Later, he inquires about Woody's health, and he is appointed as the town's mailman. He later meets Forky and complains about him the next morning. Woody informs him that caring for him is more difficult than he anticipated. He joins Woody and the gang on a road trip with Bonnie, where they discover a carnival. He then realises Woody was correct and decides to track them down. At a carnival game, he is strapped to a prize shelf, where he meets Ducky and Bunny. He flees, and Woody and Bo Peep enlist the help of Buzz, Ducky, and Bunny to find and rescue Forky.

    Lightyear (2022)

    Buzz Lightyear, the man who inspired the toy line, will make his film debut in Lightyear, the second Toy Story spinoff film. Buzz (voiced by Chris Evans) is a space ranger who protects and explores the galaxy in the film. However, while on a trip to an unknown planet, Buzz and the Turnip's crew become stranded on that planet. Their only hope of escaping the planet is to rebuild their ship and experiment with hyperspeed propulsion systems powered by crystalic fusion. Buzz is selected as the test pilot. However, Buzz quickly discovers during these flight tests that he suffers from time dilation upon his return. After a four-minute flight, he has been gone for four years.

    Other Appearences

    Buzz appears as a toy in the episode "Say Goodnight, Gracie" of Home Improvement.

    A Buzz Lightyear toy can be found in a toy box in the dentist's office in Finding Nemo.

    During the third quarter of the 2008 Super Bowl, a commercial showed Buzz and Woody watching the game, as well as a promo for WALL-E, who was playing with a vacuum.

    In Oh My Disney, Buzz appears with Baymax in Ralph Breaks the Internet, meeting their fans at a Tsum Tsum display while saying his catchphrase "To Infinity and Beyond.