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The Buccaneer, better known as Bucky, is a supporting character in the series Jake and the Never Land Pirates. Bucky is Jake's living pirate ship and close friend.

Background

Bucky is a playful pirate ship that has a mind of his own and communicates through the ringing of his bell though this 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.

Roles in the series

One of Bucky's most significant roles to date is the episode "Bucky Makes a Splash". Here, Bucky is is stolen by Captain Hook who needs a new ship to find a sunken treasure. Jake and his crew sneak on board Bucky to defeat the pirate but instead the Captain gets the upper Hook until Bucky washes them away with his water cannon.

Another episode centered around Bucky was "Bucky's Anchor Aweigh!". Here, Jake, Izzy, Cubby, Marina and their friend the Purple 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 in top speed after the ship, 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 takes back the anchor.

In the special episode Jake and the Never Land Pirates: 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 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. 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.

Spin-offs

Playing with Skully

Playing with Skully-Sailing The Never Sea

Bucky as he appears in Playing with Skully

Bucky appears in the spin-off with a more simple design. In the episode "Coconuts on Pirate Island", Jake and his crew prepare for a picnic Bucky is briefly seen with the various fruit for the trip. In the episode "Sailing the Never Sea", Jake and his crew need to beat Hook in a race to a treasure but need help moving Bucky's sails. In the episode "Diving in the Coral Reef", Jake and the crew are going diving next to the coral reefs but need Skully and the viewers assistance to stop Bucky from moving.

Jake's Never Land Pirate School

Bucky makes regular appearances in the shorts ringing his bell before Jake starts his pirate lesson of the day. Bucky is also featured as one of Jake's lessons in the episode "Go, Bucky Go!", Jake teaches the viewers how to sail Bucky to escape from Captain Hook. Bucky makes a brief appearance in the episode "I've Got my Sword", as Jake frees Bucky's anchor with his sword.

Jake's Buccaneer Blast

Bucky-Hideout Hijinks

Bucky as he appears in Jake's Buccaneer Blast

Bucky makes his first appearance in the spin-off in the episode "Stormy Seas", while Jake and his crew are sailing through a stormy Never Sea to the next Pirate Pieces of Eight located at Trident Rock. Captain Hook and Mr. Smee are on their trail for the pirate piece as well. Bucky proved too fast for Hook, but the captain refused to be bested yet again by the puny pirates. Armed with his cannon hook (Boat Buster hook), he blasts a hole into Bucky causing him to sink. While Jake and his crew repair Bucky, they needed one more piece to patch him up, when they spot the Pirate Piece of King Neptune they were searching for and manage to fish it out of the Never Sea before Captain Hook could and use it to fix Bucky. Captain Hook tries one last attempt to reclaim the Pirate Piece armed once more with his Boat Buster hook, but thanks to the Pirate Piece of King Neptune, the blast is deflected right back to Hook, causing a massive tidal wave and forcing Hook and Smee to flee.

Bucky reappears in the episode "Hideout Hijinks!". Jake and crew try to uncover the magical Pirate Piece hidden within Pirate Island.Unknown to Jake and his crew at the time Captain Hook manages to stumble inside the hideout and finds himself aboard Bucky in his grotto.As Hook tries to search for the Pirate Piece,Bucky knocks Hook off him with one of his water cannons.

Printed material

Bucky has regularly appeared in books, various comics, and other printed stories in the series.Most of his roles in the books is similar to the show are rather minor with a few exceptions.One of Bucky's most significant roles Bucky Makes a Splash! based on the previous mentioned episode and Jake Saves Bucky.

In the Disney Junior book Mama Hook Knows Best: A Pirate Parent's Favorite Fables,one of the tales Mama Hook reminisces about is a great race between Bucky and the Jolly Roger.

Video games

Bucky has various appearances in many video game titles over the years. In the online game "Jake's Heroic Race" based upon the events of Jake Saves Bucky.Bucky has to race against the Jolly Roger.

In the online game "Jake's Skate Escape." Jake and his crew most reach Bucky by riding there skateboard through three location on Never Land before Captain Hook can claim the skateboard for himself.In the "Jake's Never Land Pirate School App" the player can learn how to sail Bucky through various obstacles across the Never Sea.

In the game "Bucky's Halloween Haunt." Bucky serves as the stage and his various water cannons and features can be used to frighten Hook and Smee as they attempt to steal Jake and his crew Halloween treasure.

Theme parks and other live appearances

Disney Junior - Live on Stage!

Bucky is seen with Skully atop of him in the show as a part of Jake and the Never Land Pirates' set.

Disney Junior Live-Pirate & Princess Adventure

Bucky reappears in the live musical stage show after reclaiming Cubby's map from that sneaky snook Captain Hook with the assistance of Peter Pan. Jake and his crew make their back to Never Land to continue the search the treasure hidden inside a mysterious volcano. But Hook and his crew soon arrive aboard the Jolly Roger and a race back to the island commence.

Gallery

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Trivia

  • Bucky's full name was revealed to be the Buccaneer in the episode, " Jake Saves Bucky".
  • 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.
  • In the episode "F-F-Frozen Never Land!" it is revealed he can become a sled.
  • Bucky communicates with the ringing of his bell, which only Jake, Izzy, Cubby, Skully, and Peter Pan can understand.
  • Do to the destruction of his sails in The Great Never Sea Conquest. Bucky gets a new pair of sails (Blue and Dark Blue) resembling Captain Jake's new color scheme in season four.
  • Bucky is noticeably the first vessel of the Never Sea to be self-aware,later follow by the Shark Ship.

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