Buster Bluth

buster bluth

Byron ‘Buster’ Bluth is  a fictional character on the US sitcom, ‘Arrested Development.’ He is the youngest son of George Sr. and Lucille, though it is later revealed that his biological father is actually George Sr.’s identical twin brother Oscar (the two share obvious personality traits and a mutual habit for awkwardly giving people shoulder massages). Buster is portrayed by Tony Hale.

Buster is a professional student, having completed coursework in cartography, Native American tribal ceremonies, 18th century agrarian business principles, and archaeology. Archival footage indicates his participation in various university medical studies, such as sleep deprivation studies. As the baby of the family, he idolizes his brothers Gob and Michael.

In the second season premiere, Lucille signs Buster up for the United States Army, although his training is unsuccessful. Buster is immature and socially inept but, as indicated by the narrator in Season 2, more intelligent than his siblings Gob and Lindsay. He has frequent panic attacks, hates both closed and open spaces, is terrified of sheep, seals, and birds, and is wrathful towards his Korean-born adopted brother, Annyong.

In keeping with his socially stunted character, Buster demonstrates various childlike nutritional sensitivities: for instance, he becomes hyper from the sugar in juice and irritable after eating cheese; he also takes frequent naps. He has an unhealthy attachment to his domineering mother Lucille, who won’t let him go in the sun, swim in the ocean, or stand on their balcony in windy weather. George Sr. makes reference to the ‘claw marks’ left on Lucille’s womb after she gave birth to Buster.

He sometimes tries to assert his independence by defying his mother’s orders, as when he dates her rival, Lucille Austero. He has an alienating habit of greeting people with shoulder massages, and commonly addresses his relatives by their relation to him (for example, Gob and Michael are greeted with “‘Hey, brother’ and Oscar is greeted with’Hey, uncle-father Oscar.’ Steve Holt is greeted with ‘Hey, possible nephew’).

In Season 2, Buster’s left hand is bitten off by a ‘loose seal’ and in subsequent episodes he wears a prosthetic on his left arm, first a hook and later a prosthetic hand.

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