Buzz Lightyear is a fictional character appearing in the Toy Story franchise. He is a space ranger and is one of the main protagonists of the films. He has also appeared in the movie Buzz Lightyear of Star Command: The Adventure Begins and the television series Buzz Lightyear of Star Command, as well as the two film sequels. His often repeated catchphrase is "To infinity ... and beyond!" Tim Allen voiced the character in the Toy Story film trilogy and the TV movie, while Patrick Warburton provided his voice for the TV series, and Pat Fraley voiced Buzz Lightyear for the video games and the attractions in Disney Parks.
Buzz Lightyear was first seen on Toy Story as a birthday gift for Andy. At this time, Buzz does not realize that he is a toy, believing himself to be the real Buzz Lightyear. (The reason for this is implied in the first film, and clarified in the second: He was placed in "hypersleep" before going on his mission, for example, being inserted in the display carton. All Buzz Lightyear toys are similarly unaware.) He also thinks that all of his equipment is fully functional, not realizing that his communicator is a sticker, his laser is an LED, etc. This belief causes friction between Buzz and Woody, Andy's previous favorite toy, whom he refers to as a 'sad, strange, little man'. The other toys in Andy's room are attracted by Buzz's doo-dads and gung-ho attitude, but Woody becomes increasingly jealous and contrives to cause Buzz to fall behind Andy's desk. Instead, Buzz falls out of the window and is thought to be lost. During this period, Buzz manages to survive and save Woody numerous times due to the fact that he still believes that he is a space ranger. Using both stealth and agility, he manages to get through all challenges with Woody until he finally realizes that he is, in fact, a toy after watching a Buzz Lightyear Action Figure TV commercial. His attempt to fly out the window of toy-destroying child Sid's house fails, and in the resulting fall, his left arm is broken off. At first, he has a nervous breakdown and falls into depression after learning the truth, but with encouragement from Woody, he gradually comes to accept the situation. He teams up with Woody to escape Sid, and together they are able to reunite with Andy and the other toys.
In Toy Story 2, Buzz leads Slinky, Mr. Potato Head, Rex, and Hamm on the mission to find and rescue Woody after he is stolen by Al McWhiggin, the owner of Al's Toy Barn, for his collection, which is to be sold on to a museum. Assuming Woody's leadership role in his absence, Buzz manages to track down his trail and find the culprit. He appears to be a serious leader right on his task, as he demands the toys not to give up until Woody is safely back in Andy's room, stating that he cannot consider himself Woody's friend if he isn't willing to try and save Woody the way Woody risked his life to save Buzz. Buzz and the toys eventually succeed by navigating traffic, elevators, cars, airports, and aircraft. However, at one point in the movie, while investigating Al's Toy Barn itself, Buzz is captured by a newer Buzz Lightyear action figure, who overpowers him and imprisons him in a display box, showing that the entire toy line apparently holds the same ignorance of their existence as toys as Buzz once had. Nevertheless, Buzz manages to break free from the box and follows the rest of the toys and Al all the way to his apartment. However, whilst escaping the Toy Barn, the toys accidentally release an evil Emperor Zurg action figure. Zurg, who like the other Space Ranger toys, believes he is the real Emperor Zurg, follows Buzz. When Buzz finds Woody in Al's apartment, however, Woody decides to stay with the Roundup Gang. Buzz angrily retorts that he came to save a toy that told him that a toy's real purpose lies in being loved by children, and leaves with the rest of Andy's toys.
Shortly afterwards, Woody has a change of heart, calls Buzz and the others back and invites the Roundup gang to join them, but the Prospector locks the vent, trapping the Roundup toys. Following Al, the gang is attacked by Zurg, who tries to kill the gang. The fake Buzz, who is leading the toys at that moment, battles Zurg, claiming that he "killed his father". After knocking Buzz to the ground, Zurg answers with the phrase: "No, I am your father", in an allusion to Darth Vader. When Zurg attempts to strike Buzz down, he gets knocked off the elevator's roof by Rex. After the fall, he loses his evil side, and the newer Buzz toy elects to stay with him. After rescuing Woody and getting rid of the Prospector at the airport, Buzz assists Woody in rescuing Jessie. Despite being separated from Woody, Buzz commandeers Bullseye in order to follow Woody and is seen galloping next to the plane's wheels when he catches Woody's hat. As the toys finally get home, Buzz is shown to hold a torch for Jessie, complimenting her on her hair, to which she replies by describing Buzz as the 'sweetest space toy she ever met', much to his delight. The last shot shows Woody, Buzz, and other toys watching Wheezy sing "You've Got a Friend in Me".
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