Buzz Lightyear is a workaholic – in a real, scientific, medically diagnosable way. According to Healthline, symptoms of workaholism include “working long hours in the office even when not needed,” “obsessing about work-related success,” “having a strong fear of failure at work,” and “using work as a tool.” “. avoiding relationships” and “working to cope with guilt or depression,” to name a few. All of these signifiers, coincidentally, fit Buzz Lightyear perfectly.
Even before the turnip is stranded, Buzz shows numerous instances of work obsession. He’s a downright rider who doesn’t like working with novices and holds himself to the highest possible standards. It is later suggested that this behavior may stem from a larger inferiority complex. Buzz reveals he wasn’t great at boot camp and almost quit after his first week. While he’s since found great success at Star Command, he’s no less hard on himself.
Things only get worse after the turnip gets stranded – an accident Buzz blames solely on himself. So fixated is he on fixing what he sees as his mistake that he willingly lets go of his friends, relationships, and life as a whole to submit to the repeated hyperspeed tests. “Lightyear” maintains a fairly upbeat tone for most of its run, but older viewers will surely find that Buzz is in a pretty bad place for much of the story. Luckily, he eventually finds a way out.