The Buccaneer, better known as Bucky, is a supporting character in Disney Junior's 2011-2016 television series Jake and the Never Land Pirates. Bucky is Jake's living pirate ship, a close friend and his main transportation.
Bucky is a playful pirate ship that has a mind of his own. He communicates through the ringing of his bell and is fully understood by Jake and the others. Most of his roles in the show are rather minor with a few exceptions in which he uses his features to assist Jake and his crew. Despite his often small roles, Jake, Izzy, Cubby, and Skully deem Bucky their greatest treasure. It is also revealed in the episode "Skybird Island is Falling!", that Bucky has the ability to form his sails into a hot air balloon to fly. In the episode "Undersea Bucky!", it was revealed that Bucky has the ability to transform into a submarine.
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One of Bucky's most significant roles to date is the episode "Bucky Makes a Splash". Here, Bucky is stolen by Captain Hook who needs a new ship after his ship, the Jolly Roger was going to crash. Jake and his crew sneak on board Bucky to defeat Captain Hook, but instead, the Captain gets the upper hand, or rather, hook until Bucky washes them away with his water cannon.
Another episode that centered around Bucky was "Bucky's Anchor Aweigh!". Here, Jake, Izzy, Cubby, Marina, and their friend Mr. Octopus planned on giving Bucky a golden anchor as a gift. However, Captain Hook and Mr. Smee swipe the anchor taking it back to The Jolly Roger. Enraged, Bucky sails off himself in top speed after the sip, leaving Jake and the crew behind. Hook manages to lose Bucky but the Never Land pirates manage to catch up to him using a small boat. Once on board Bucky, they travel to the Jolly Roger and take back the anchor.
In the special episode Jake Saves Bucky, Captain Hook forces Jake and his crew to race the Jolly Roger for the ownership of Bucky. Naturally, Hook decided to cheat, and Bucky was then owned by the villainous pirate. Jake, Izzy, Cubby, and Skully call Peter Pan for help. They learn that if they can retrieve the golden bell, Bucky would be theirs once more and they will win the race. The crew set out to the Island of Bells and battled a fire-breathing Dragon to obtain said bell. They head back to the Jolly Roger, retrieve Bucky, and all is well.
The Buccaneer makes his final stand in the Season 3 finale, The Great Never Sea Conquest. When the evil shark Lord Fathom is freed from his prison and invades the Never Sea, Bucky and the rest of Jake's crew attempt to stop him. However, Fathom sends them packing through waves. Soon, Jake assembles a team of Pirate Captains to stop Lord Fathom. However, the second attempt ends in utter failure, with Bucky's sails being ripped and getting damaged in the fight. Throughout the second half of the episode, Bucky is absent, as Jake becomes an official pirate captain and resurrects the ancient battleship; The Mighty Colossus, and uses it to vanquish Lord Fathom and the Strake. Near the final scene, Bucky is shown being towed by the Colossus, with the pirates promising to fix him up and make him as good as new.
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Bucky is seen with Skully atop of him in the show as a part of Jake and the Never Land Pirates' set.
- In "Skybird Island is Falling!", "Jake's Birthday Bash!", and "Bucky's Treasure Hunt", it is revealed he can become a hot air balloon, while in "Undersea Bucky!" and "Jake's Royal Rescue", it is revealed he can become a submarine.
- In the episode "Bucky's Treasure Hunt", it is revealed he can become a digging machine.
- And thanks to his transformations, he can transform anything like his inspiration Rocket from Little Einsteins.
- Bucky gets a redesign in the final season due to his sails being destroyed at the end of The Great Never Sea Conquest.
- In Jake Saves Bucky, it's revealed that Bucky's full name is The Buccaneer.
- Bucky does not appear in The Legion of Pirate Villains.