“I know what Buck's problem is, he grew up in British prison, a.k.a. Australia. Bambi "Buck" Hughes joined the Australian Armed Forces in his early 20s but was dismissed due to his fixation on brutality. He then traveled across the South Pacific doing contract work, and eventually fell in with Hoyt Volker.”
“This is some fucked up foreplay, eh?”
Buck to Jason
Buck was born in Melbourne, Australia in 1969. He eventually joined the Australian Defence Force in his early 20s. However, he was quickly dismissed, due to his commanders quickly finding out about his sadistic tendencies and fixation on brutality. He started working as a mercenary and travelled around the South Pacific while doing various contracts for different warlords. He then discovered the Rook islands and eventually met Hoyt Volker, the most notorious drug and slave trafficker of the Pacific. Buck then came under Hoyt's employment, working as a personal hitman for the drug lord.
Far Cry 3
Buck recently bought Keith Ramsay from Hoyt, keeping him in the basement of his house and using him as a sex slave. Jason Brody learnt from CIA agent Willis Huntley that Keith was bought from Buck and went on searching for him. Jason manages to find Buck, drinking beer in a bar in Badtown. After Buck makes several implicit jokes about Keith, they make a deal: Jason would find a long lost and priceless Chinese ceremonial dagger, the Silver Dragon, hidden somewhere on the North Island and then he would have his friend back. Every time Jason finds a piece of a compass and after finding the location, he would unexpectedly find Buck waiting for him. Buck tells him about Lin Cong and how the Chinese treasures ended up on the Rook islands, and threatens to kill Keith when Jason questions Buck as being the one who calls the shots.
After Jason finds the dagger, he receives a call from Buck. He acknowledges finding the dagger and then is told by Buck to meet him in his house near Badtown. Jason arrives at Buck's house and finds him wearing shorts instead of pants. He exchanges the dagger for the key to the basement where Keith is being held. After reconciling with a traumatized Keith, who is clearly afraid of Buck and even begs Jason to promise to get him out of there, Buck appears and reveals that he never had any intention of releasing Keith and/or Jason.
Quoting Buck before the knife fight between him and Jason begins:
“I'll take you bloody, if you like. I like my meat rare.”
Buck threatening to rape and kill Jason.
After a brief struggle, Jason headbutts Buck and then stabs him in the chest with the dagger, killing him. Then Jason and Keith safely leave Buck's house and return to the caves that are under Dr. Earnhardt's Mansion, but not without Keith telling Jason not to tell the others what happened to him when he was under Buck's possession.
Plain and simple, he is a sadistic, psychopathic pervert who enjoys torture, rape and murder. He is not out of his mind like Vaas or Hoyt are, however. As the first major villain Jason has to overcome, Buck challenges him with tricky mind games and is very manipulative. At first sight, you are not quite sure what he is about to do or how dangerous he is although you have been warned that he is a hitman. Charming and masculine with his Australian accent, Buck plays a more mysterious role than the other villains.
Although a man that not just anyone can trifle with, he is more of the lone wolf type and does not exactly seem to be a charismatic leader like Vaas and Hoyt, and thus is not as powerful as these two. His weakness is slacking off, making Jason do his dirty work and making him stronger, leading to his own well-deserved downfall in the end, and he also appeared to be an overly confident, smug, arrogant, double-crossing opportunist, who used Jason's friend as a chip bargain to make him get the Silver Dragon and after all the trouble Jason went into in order to get it, Buck made it clear he was never going to release Keith and Jason. Although clearly an evil person, he offers some of the darkly funniest moments to the game.
- Bambi "Buck" Hughes is voiced and motion captured by Julian Casey.
- There is a strong implication that Buck was raping Keith repeatedly while he was in his possession. This is shown by Buck making numerous suggestive remarks and poses, such as saying "This is some fucked up foreplay, eh?" and explaining that he should show his appreciation "like a man should" while grabbing his genitals and dipping towards the ground while Jason and Keith try to leave. He also says "I'll take you bloody if you like. I like my meat rare" which is a threat to rape and kill Jason (and possibly Keith as well) after Jason warns Buck that they are leaving.
- His quotes that he "likes his meat rare" and "here you eat what you kill" could imply he is a cannibal as well as a rapist. However, considering the context of the first quote, he may have been a necrophiliac.
- He has a large tattoo of a male deer's head on his chest, adorned with pink roses and within a gold frame. There's a banner with the word "Buck" emblazoned on it (a buck being a male deer).
- As with all the antagonists of Far Cry 3, Jason kills Buck with a knife.
- Just before meeting Buck for the first time, Jason quotes the movie Kill Bill saying "His name is Buck, and he likes to f...". Bambi Hughes and Buck bear some resemblance, as they are both rapists.
- At the end of the mission Piece of the Past, Buck makes an allusion to Robert Frost's Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening, a poem in which a rider stops to admire a woods' beauty while it is snowing. Buck greets Jason, saying "I know the woods are lovely, dark, and deep... but get the fuck up!", partially quoting the first line of the poem's final stanza.
- Buck may have an accomplice named Hector since Buck speaks instructions to a Hector into his phone when Jason refuses to admit that Buck is the master, but this may have been a hoax since there is no sound coming from the other end and was possibly using the name to manipulate Jason in to continue working for him.
- Buck carries a knife and a chrome-plated pistol (possibly a 1911) in his pants, which is visible when he turns around.
- When Jason has collected a piece of the compass, he talks to Buck. When the dialogue is finished, Buck walks away from Jason. When Jason turns around, however, Buck is nowhere to be seen, having travelled a long distance in an extremely short time.
- He may have been inspired by Bennett from the movie commando who was an Australian former soldier who was kicked out of the military due to an enjoyment of killing and brutality, had a hostage who was close to the protagonist and has a penchant for using knives.
- There is an obvious Deer motif to Buck due to the various deer imagery on his person (tattoo and belt buckle), names that allude to deer (buck being a male deer and Bambi is a deer from the titular Disney film). On another note, Buck's sexual sadism is akin to the aggressive behaviour of deer during the mating season.
- A possible idea of how Buck was able to beat Jason to his locations is that Buck already knew the location of the dagger but lacked the means to access it for himself. He then pitted Jason and The Pirates against each other so he can take the dagger from the last man standing. This interpretation explains how Buck was able to track Jason, how The Pirates got to the locations before Jason did despite not having the compass pieces, and how Buck never met Jason at the final temple exit.
- Considering the connections between Far Cry 3 and Alice in Wonderland. Buck likely represents The March Hare because the name comes from the phrase "(As) mad as a march hare" which was in reference to the violently high amorousness of male hares during mating season. In the game, Buck is a sexual sadist. On another note, Buck is also a name for a male rabbit.
- In the game, Buck appears to be wearing a ring around his neck. There are some possible theories to the significance of this ring; the ring either has some sentimental value to Buck or it's a trinket from a previous victim. Considering Buck's promiscuity, his sexuality, and his BDSM fetishes, the ring is more likely to be a cock ring. Cock rings are performance enhancers and sex toys that are used to strengthen and prolong erections by restricting the flow of blood. During the 1990s, gay men would wear chrome cock rings as necklaces during raves as a statement of their sexuality. The ring then became a fashion accessory in the LGBT community as well as a fetish indicator for potential partners.