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Emperor Zurg (Lightyear)

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Buzz, come with me.Zurg to Buzz.

Zurg (or rather the future version of Buzz Lightyear) is the main antagonist of Pixar's 26th full-length animated feature film Lightyear, a Toy Story spin-off prequel film centered on Buzz Lightyear's origin story.

He is a galactic warlord who is looking for the hyperspace fuel from Buzz Lightyear. During the film's climax, he is revealed to be the future self of Buzz Lightyear who went back in time to finish his mission and be a hero again. He is the archenemy of the human Space Ranger known as Buzz Lightyear from the Galactic Alliance, who opposes him and his plans to complete the mission.

He is voiced by James Brolin.

Biography

Prior to becoming Zurg, an alternate universe Buzz Lightyear, after completing the hyperspace, landed on T'Kani Prime. However, he was stopped by Commander Burnside's forces, who tried to apprehend him for disobeying orders and stealing a spaceship. As a result, Buzz escaped the planet and travelled centuries into the distant future thanks to the effects of time dilation. There, he landed on a technologically advanced and abandoned vessel, where he put on the purple mecha suit and became Zurg. He would also take control of the Vessel's technology and build the Zyclops.

22 years after landing on T'Kani Prime due to the time dilation, Zurg and his Zyclops robot minions visit the planet. After an encounter with Buzz Lightyear, Zurg captures him, revealing that he is a version of him from an alternate timeline in which he escaped from Commander Burnside after the hyperspace fuel test as T'Kani Prime. Possessing the familiar mecha suit, he went back in time to prevent the Star Command exploration craft from ever landing on T'Kani Prime, even though it would result in a paradox that would wipe out the current timeline. Izzy, Mo, Darby, and Sox hijack Zurg's ship and destroy it. However, Zurg, having survived his ship's destruction, arrives and attacks Buzz, grabbing the hyperspace fuel. He remorselessly kills his version of Sox and as Zurg prepares to destroy him, Buzz shoots the fuel, causing it to explode and incapacitate Zurg. With the fuel gone and can't be used to return back his own time, Buzz decides to stay on T'Kani Prime.

However, in the post-credits scene, it is revealed that Zurg survived the explosion, wanting to seek revenge on Buzz once again.

Appearance

We're being pursued by a… just a massive robot!Buzz Lightyear while running from and describing Zurg.

Zurg is a giant robot with huge legs for crushing. His design is similar to Zurg's from Toy Story, but more frightening and realistic. His actual form is the elderly version of Buzz.

Personality

Zurg is shown to be sophisticated at first when he meets Buzz as he asks him to come with him. However, when one of his Zyclops was briefly defeated and when Buzz refuses to give him the hyperspace fuel, he gets very infuriated and intolerant of his failure.

Powers & Abilities

He has vast intelligence and supreme leadership over the Zyclops. When wearing the Zurg suit, he is indestructible with crushing weight. He also uses a dangerous arm cannon just like his Toy Story counterpart only it shoots real lasers.

Trivia

  • Lightyear was James Brolin's first animated movie voice role.
  • Unlike his toy version, this version of Zurg is depicted with legs and looks more like a battle robot. It's commonly assumed by some fans that Zurg was redesigned so he would not look like Darth Vader from Star Wars, who definitely inspired the Zurg toy's design.
    • Yet, he is still based on how Anakin Skywalker turned to the dark side and became Vader. Both Anakin and Old Buzz were once respected heroes, both lost the ones they loved (Anakin lost his wife Padme Amidala and while Old Buzz lost his best friend Alisha Hawthorne), and both thought they were doing the right thing, which became an error, but unlike Zurg, Anakin/Vader later redeemed himself in Return of the Jedi when he saved his son Luke Skywalker from his master Emperor Palpatine.
  • In terms of background and true identity as the protagonist's villainous, embittered future self who became his present-day self's arch-nemesis, Emperor Zurg is eerily similar to Rex Dangervest, something which some audience critical of.
  • Ironically, James Brolin's son Josh played Thanos in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, in which Chris Evans, who voices Buzz Lightyear in Lightyear, played Captain America.
  • He is the second main villain in the Toy Story franchise to be an evil counterpart to Buzz Lightyear, the first being Evil Buzz Lightyear.
  • He is also the second Old Buzz who time travels to the past, similar to Old Buzz from the Buzz Lightyear of Star Command episode Good ol' Buzz.
  • He is the third Pixar main antagonist to be a supervillain after Syndrome from Pixar's 2004 film The Incredibles and Evelyn Deavor from its 2018 sequel Incredibles 2.
    • He is the first Pixar supervillainous main antagonist to not originate from the Incredibles movies.
  • He is the second Pixar villain to survive a film in which the protagonist is human, after Evelyn Deavor.
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