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Buford Van Stomm
Buford Van Stomm
Gender: Male
Age: Less than 15
17 or 18 in "Act Your Age"
Height: Taller than Baljeet
Nationality: American (Possibly some Dutch or Norwegian background)
Hometown: Danville
Professional Information
Position in The Baljeatles (band):
  Drummer
Profession:
  Student (on vacation), Bully
Major: Film (in the future)
Friends and Family
Parents:
Biffany Van Stomm (mother)
Grandparents:
Unnamed grandmother
Another unnamed grandmother
Friends:
Phineas, Ferb, Baljeet (frenemy/Nerd), Isabella
Love interests:
Brigitte[1] Candace, Gretchen[2]
Pets: Biff the Goldfish
Aunt:
Aunt Merryll (Mentioned)
Uncle:
Oslo
Great Grandfather:
Buford's Great Grandfather
Great Uncle:
Otto H. Adjacent
Behind the Scenes
First Appearance:
  "Lawn Gnome Beach Party of Terror"
Last Appearance:
  "Last Day of Summer"
Voiced by:
Bobby Gaylor
Buford in PnF Live!
Buford in "live" form, as seen in Disney's Phineas and Ferb: The Best LIVE Tour Ever!
Teen Buford
Teenage Buford.

"Buford loves this!"
— Buford's catchphrase

Buford Van Stomm is a bully in the town of Danville that joins Phineas and Ferb on their adventures.

Biography

Early Life

Young Buford with Biff

A young Buford and Biff.

Buford Van Stomm was born in the United States of America to a mother named Biffany.

As a young boy, he was mostly weak and cowardly, in spite of having stolen the bikes of all the other kids as a toddler ("Phineas and Ferb Summer Belongs to You!"). However, this all changed after he won a pet gold fish at a fair. Later, when he was bringing the goldfish home, a large bully confronted him and took the goldfish, intending to eat it alive. Buford was enraged and attacked the bully, managing to save the fish. He was an intimidating bully ever since. ("Voyage to the Bottom of Buford")

Summer adventures

Buford is the feared bully of most of Danville's younger population, his primary targets being Baljeet Tjinder, Phineas Flynn, and Ferb Fletcher. That said, Buford is a far cry from a complete jerk, as evidenced by his own odd honor code ("Raging Bully"), and it is known he is very lonesome deep down and fears being a "cat kid" ("Voyage to the Bottom of Buford", "Road to Danville"). Phineas has entertained the idea that Buford only bullies out of boredom and as such, he often invites Buford over to take part in his and his brother's daily activities. As much as Buford tries to hide it, it is clear he is happy to take part and have fun. It is clear that he has come to care for the group, going as far as to consider them, particularly Baljeet, his friends.

Teenage Years

About ten years later, Buford was still close with his childhood friends. By what some may consider a miracle, he graduated high school at the same time as Phineas, Ferb, Isabella, and the latter's Fireside Girls alumni. Baljeet, having graduated early and already accepted as a professor, offered to pull a few strings to get Buford into his school, but Buford declared he intended to major in film, focusing on tragedies. ("Act Your Age")

Personality

Baljeet's story

Buford and Baljeet.

Although he is usually seen as a bully, including by the main cast, Buford is unusual in that he is just as often shown acting just like the other kids. Many events seem to indicatе that his usual bullying is used to hide a more caring nature beneath the surface. A significant display of his underlying character occurs when his fish, Biff, becomes lost in the ocean. Buford becomes extremely emotional. He cries but really says that he is "sweating through his eyes", and when Phineas offers to help find Biff, Buford shows his appreciation by constantly wanting to give people hugs ("Voyage to the Bottom of Buford"). Buford also has a soft side for his long lost teddy bear Teddy Boo-boo ("Picture This"). Buford also is quite gentle behind his bully persona, such as when he said he always wanted to get into a giant bubble and float around like a pixie, or conveniently carrying a velvet rope ("Bubble Boys", "Chez Platypus"). He also has a soft spot for goldfish ("Voyage to the Bottom of Buford", "Let's Take a Quiz").

Despite being a bully, Buford seems to be friends with Phineas, Ferb and the rest of the main cast, and takes part in many of their exploits. He usually manages to get along fine with people, though he is often gruff or makes (usually idle) threats when annoyed. Whenever tasks are assigned, Buford inevitably seems to be partnered with Baljeet, with whom he has a particularly interesting relationship: while Baljeet seems terrified of Buford's threats at times, which is regularly justified, many other instances show them working together without any problem, and they are often seen together even when not involved in Phineas and Ferb's latest plan (i.e. "The Chronicles of Meap," "Swiss Family Phineas" and "The Lake Nose Monster"). He isn't always a bully ("The Bully Code"). Buford's Christmas wish is to be thought of as nice by his friends, despite generally acting naughty ("Phineas and Ferb Christmas Vacation!").

Physical Appearance

Buford wears a black shirt with a skull on the front, set up in a "Punisher" style. He wears large, red hiking boots, with green-tan khaki shorts. His hair is brown and cut in a buzzcut style. He has deep blue eyes, and also appears to be somewhat overweight, although he doesn't seem to mind.

In his teenage years, Buford wore his hair much longer than as a child and, while still the largest member of the group, is now at a much more proportional body weight. He wore a dark green scarf and a brick-red shirt, along with gray shorts and black boots.

Skills and Abilities

To improve his skill at being a bully, Buford goes to Wedgie's: The Gym for Bullies ("Raging Bully"). He is fluent in French, but has only demonstrated this in front of Baljeet and doesn't want anyone else to know ("Phineas and Ferb Summer Belongs to You!", "Buford Confidential"). He has also shown some knowledge of historical figures in the song Good King Wenceslas ("A Phineas and Ferb Family Christmas"). Buford can play the concertina, trumpet, drums, percussion, piccolo and the violin ("The Ballad of Badbeard", "Oh, There You Are, Perry", "The Baljeatles", "Phineas and Ferb Summer Belongs to You!", "My Fair Goalie"). He is in The Baljeatles, Phineas and Ferb's band ("The Baljeatles").

Relationships

Baljeet Tjinder

Main article: Buford and Baljeet's relationship
Buford and Baljeet scared

Baljeet and Buford scared together.

Buford seems to pick on Baljeet the most, yet seems to hang out with him the most, similar to a "frienemies" relationship. Unlike frienemies, there is no hatred between the two, with Baljeet even saving Buford from choking ("The Bully Code") and saying, "Merry Christmas, old buddy!" ("Phineas and Ferb Christmas Vacation!") It would seem that Baljeet cares for Buford, even though Buford treats him very badly. Baljeet often just gives up and lets Buford bully him ("Get That Bigfoot Outa My Face!").

Phineas Flynn

Baby Phineas and Buford

Buford and Phineas as toddlers.

Buford's first encounter with Phineas during the summer resulted in Buford being embarrassed by ice cream falling on his pants. They settled their differences by thumb wrestling ("Raging Bully"). Outside of this incident, Buford has not done anything to Phineas that could be considered bullying, tending to reserve that treatment for Baljeet. However, it is revealed that Buford had stolen Phineas's bike when they were just toddlers, but later on returns it to him, along with everyone else's bikes he had taken ("Phineas and Ferb Summer Belongs to You!").

Later, after Phineas and Ferb helped rescue Biff, Buford became more friendly towards them and began taking a more active part of their adventures. He often appears in their backyard for bizarre or unexplained reasons.

Buford often calls Phineas "Dinner Bell", perhaps because of Phineas's triangle-shaped head.

Ferb Fletcher

Buford and Ferb generally get along well, considering the fact that Buford is a self-proclaimed bully. Buford tends to go along with Phineas and Ferb's Big Ideas, but on occasion calls the two out for his own pleasure ("Phineas and Ferb Summer Belongs to You!"). Ferb once used a Vulcan-style pinch on Buford, after he accused Ferb of calling him a shark ("Raging Bully").

At some point, Buford nicknamed Ferb "Bean pole McGee" ("Take Two with Phineas and Ferb": Tony Hawk).

Isabella Garcia-Shapiro

Main article: Buford and Isabella's relationship

The only one so far that makes Buford shut up regularly is Isabella as she stands up to him whеn he is doing something to someone she knows or to herself. Isabella and Buford have a little rivalry to the point in which Buford thinks he'll beat Isabella in the F-Games because she's a girl ("Raging Bully," "Out of Toon," "Got Game?"). He also thinks he is better at video games than her, but he ends up getting beaten ("Brain Drain").

Candace Flynn

LetsTakeAQuiz

Candace vs Buford in Let's Take a Quiz.

Candace and Buford's relationship varies from episode to episode.

Candace used him as a means of transportation to get her to the top of a ski slope ("S'Winter"). However, Buford appears dissatisfied from being with her in the same chariot. ("Greece Lightning")

Buford appeared to be eager to compete with Candace during a game show for his aspiration to prove males as the dominant gender. ("Let's Take a Quiz")

Candace along with Stacy struggled to get the pizzazium infinionite out of his hands. ("Vanessassary Roughness")

Buford, at one point saved Candace from certain injury and following his creed, declared her his servant, to which she objected. ("The Bully Code")

Buford stubbornly prohibited Candace and Jeremy from entering the Chez Platypus ("Chez Platypus"), but he has also spoken to Candace with a gentle and calm tone on other occasions ("Wizard of Odd").

He sympathized with Candace when she temporarily "broke up" with Stacy and told her of a similar experience of his losing his own best friend, but became annoyed when Candace ran off before he could finish his story. ("The Lemonade Stand")

When Buford was questioned on why he possessed a life-sized mold of Candace, he simply responded that he had such molds of all his friends, indicating that he considers her one of his friends. ("Doofapus")

Somehow his number found its way into Candace's cell phone contacts. ("The Lemonade Stand")

Buford stares in awe at Candace as she eats the Gordian Knot reproduction and says "I am so in love with her right now." Baljeet looks over and shock and says "What?" Buford quickly states "Nothin'." This means Buford may have feelings for Candace. ("Knot My Problem")

This is very similar to the scene where Second Dimension Candace is fighting the norm-bots and Second Dimension Buford says "I am so in love with her right now." Second Dimension Isabella looks over and says "What?" Second Dimension Buford replies in the same manner "Nothing!" (Phineas and Ferb The Movie: Across the 2nd Dimension)

Suzy Johnson

The face of evil

Buford dressed as his worst fear.

Like Candace, Buford seems to fear Suzy thus when Phineas told the kids to dress as the scariest thing they knew, he dressed up as her. After Isabella and Phineas leave the room, Buford is seen "wash[ing] away the horror" by a water faucet, a reference to William Shakespeare's Macbeth ("One Good Scare Ought to Do It!").

Perry the Platypus

Buford has had little interaction with Perry. He once attempts to make Perry "do something" by hitting him with a baseball bat only to be stopped by Baljeet. However, he hugged and cuddled the traumatized platypus a few minutes afterward. ("Swiss Family Phineas")

He admits to liking the song the others sang to guide the allegedly lost Perry home. ("Oh, There You Are, Perry","Phineas and Ferb Summer Belongs to You!")

Teddy Boo-boo

Buford's teddy bear was retrieved from the front of a semi by Phineas and Ferb's transporter device. The teddy bear is apparently prone to going "on the road" at different times. ("Picture This")

Brigitte

Buford's crush. They seemed to be boyfriend and girlfriend one time in France, and he said that she made him want to 'weep' at beauty and learn French. He was very happy when she said that she was 'vaguely interested' in him, and didn't seem bothered when, right after that, she slapped him.

Gretchen

Buford seems to have a crush on her when she slaps him across the face and yells at him to get a grip on himself in "Night of the Living Pharmacists".

Gallery

Buford and Biff
The image gallery for Buford Van Stomm may be viewed here.

Background Information

Buford1

Buford in his regular outfit.

Appearances

- These episodes are Spot the Diff episodes.

Mentioned Only

External links

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