When he first appeared, Buck Oliver was a deceptive yet highly intelligent fourteen-year-old. He had a habit of chewing on toothpicks but was always told to get rid of them. He had a decent personality and was said to be "handsome", but that was just his outward appearance- he was working with Mr. Skint as part of the green ring conspiracy. As time progressed (in The Green Ring Conspiracy), Buck's shrewd nature begins to show making several Odyssians feel betrayed, yet others (like Katrina Meltsner) believed he had a "good heart" and could change if given the chance. Mr. Skint abandoned him because of his refusal to take Katrina as a hostage. After his time in Juvenile Detention, he seems eager to prove that he has changed for the better. However, he confides in Jules Kendall that sometimes he feels tempted to lie just to see if he can still get away with it. He also admits that he wonders if his life in Odyssey is temporary, and he'll eventually have to go back to the life of a con artist. Still, he expressed a distaste for living a life where you never know "when one lie ends, and another one begins"; never knowing what is real. ( The Long End Parts 2 and 3). Buck seems to have a crush on Jules.
Little is known about his history, except that, after the deaths of his parents (whom he can't remember), he moved around a lot with Mr. Skint, who taught him everything he knew about being a con-artist. It is possible that they went around doing odd jobs for criminals here and there, or they could have worked with the Green Ring the whole time, and went wherever the Carnival and counterfeit money went. Mr. Skint taught him how to pray in case they ever scammed someone who expected them to. At one point, Buck and Mr. Skint stayed at a motel, at the back of which Buck met a boy named Mike Rudy, who he befriended. He helped him and his father build a tree house, but Buck never had the chance to say goodbye before Mr. Skint ran into trouble and they had to leave (Divided We Fall). His full name is confirmed when he finds his birth certificate as "Buck Jebidiah Oliver" (in The Long End, Part 2). He was born on Friday, March 24th, at Hardlandville Hospital. He spent two years in Juvenile Detention after the Green Ring series.
Buck has a long history of living in lies, so he never really understood who he was, or where he came from. Several sources, including Mr. Skint and Felicia Larson fed Buck false information about who he was and what happened to his parents. His family history only became clear to him in The Long End, Part 3. His parents were in fact con artists, as well.
His father's name was Novus Ordo Oliver (Alias: Cash Oliver). Novus Ordo is a term found on the back of dollar bills, therefore Buck is likely to have been named after his father in that way. According to Detective Polehaus, Novus was a low-rent scam artist, arrested on three occasions for fraud. He had at least twelve different aliases that the police knew of. Novus died in a car crash 15 years ago, when Buck was between one and one-and-a-half years old.
In Out of the Picture it was revealed that Buck's mother died when he was young. This was confirmed, and expanded upon in the Long End. His mother's name was Dolly Tender Oliver (Alias: Stacia Bartley). After her husband, Novus died, she got cancer. Because she did not want her son to witness her dying so horribly, she entrusted Buck into the care of Jebidiah Skint. Mr. Skint, who had always loved Dolly, raised Buck for her. He claimed that he always had true affection for Buck. His mother left Buck a very large trust-fund to inherit when he turned of age. However, because most of the money was stolen, he decided not to take it. According to Felicia Larson, Buck is the spitting image of his mother.
After being released from Juvenile Detention, Buck is put into the foster care system. Connie thinks that Eugene and Katrina should adopt him (The Ties That Bind, Part 1) and Eugene and Katrina bring him into their home on The Ties That Bind, Part 4.
- He once had a habit of chewing on toothpicks. (#680: “The Green Ring Conspiracy, Part 2”)
- He has blue eyes. (#828: “Friend or Foe”)
- He is sixteen years old. (#831: “Crash Course”)
- His locker number is 141. (#755: “The Ties That Bind, Part 5”)
- His mother called him Bucky Bear (#837: “Out of the Picture”).
|“||Jay Smouse: I bet you already blabbed about the AppleBerry phone he's been working on.
Emily Jones: What AppleBerry phone?
Buck Oliver: He found the phone?
Jay Smouse: Yeah. And he's gonna be really ticked when he finds out you told. You're a regular Judas Benedict Arnold!
Emily Jones: Jay! You just told us. We didn't know!
Jay Smouse: I—I di—oh...um...well, gotta go!
|“||Jay Smouse: Hey, where you going?
Buck Oliver: I have an errand to run.
Jay Smouse: Oh no you don't! Stay right where you are or I'll fire!!
Buck Oliver: That's an ice cream scoop.
Jay Smouse: Yeah, it is. And I know how to use it!
John Whittaker: Oh, hello Buck.
Eugene Meltsner: Someone apprehend that youth!
Buck Oliver: Sorry Mr. Whittaker, things are a little crazy around here. Now I really need to go.
John Whittaker: I don't think so.
|“||Katrina Shanks-Meltsner: Did Mr. Skint visit you?
Buck Oliver: I'd rather not talk about him...if you don't mind.
|“||Buck Oliver: Play the predictable, but don't forget the dog.
|“||Buck Oliver: Did you say build a treehouse?! Are we gonna build a treehouse?
|“||Buck Oliver: I know how to get to all their account numbers; credit cards; pin numbers for ATM cards. Even where Jules keeps the credit card her dad lets her use. I've been watching. And learning. I could close it up any moment.
Mr. Skint: I don't believe you.
Buck Oliver: You're right not to. I'm saying it now. I could change my mind tomorrow. Like I said: Who knows where the lies end and the lies begin. I'm telling you I'm confused. I just don't know what I'm doing anymore.
|“||Emily Jones: I’m on a case!
Jay Smouse: Yeah? Well, so am I. And I bet my case is bigger than your case.
Emily Jones: Oh, really?
Jay Smouse: Yeah, like yours is probably just a little case with clip lock combination thingies, where my case is like a big trunk with lots of compartments and huge steel padlocks that are STRONG...
Buck Oliver: Weren’t you goin’ to your uncle’s?
Jay Smouse: Oh, yeah, yeah…got lost in the metaphor for a second.
|“||Jay Smouse: Go ahead and deny it!!
Buck Oliver: All right. I deny it.
Jay Smouse: Oh.
|“||Buck Oliver: Did you ever notice, if you look really closely at Jell-O, it's like there's a lot of lights and movement inside?
|“||Buck Oliver: What are you doing?
Jay Smouse: Ahh! Me? I was just admiring your truck.
Buck Oliver: This truck?
Jay Smouse: Yeah, it's ...um... big!
Buck Oliver: You have a thing about big trucks?
Jay Smouse: Oh yeah. Ever since I was a kid, you know, rrrr,honk honk,rrchrrr,back it up, parallel park... with a truck.
Buck Oliver: If you want to make friends, don't ever do noises like that again, OK?
Jay Smouse: Yeah.
|“||Buck Oliver: Nice...backpack.
Don Polehaus: Yeah, it is. I bought it because it matches the coffee stains on my shirt.
|“||Buck Oliver: Sure, I'll just stare at this swirly straw for awhile.
|“||Buck Oliver: What was going on?
Jay Smouse: A friend of my uncle's got sick.
Buck Oliver: Is that why the cops were around?
Jay Smouse: Yeah. You know, they take sickness seriously around here, so...
Buck Oliver: It's a crime to get sick in this town?
Buck has appeared in the following albums:
- Album #53: The Green Ring Conspiracy (11 episodes)
- Album #58: The Ties That Bind (8 episodes)
- Album #59: Taking the Plunge (5 episodes)
- Album #60: Head Over Heels (1 episode)
- Album #61: Without a Hitch (1 episode)
- Album #62: Let’s Put on a Show! (3 episodes)
- Album #63: Up in the Air (2 episodes)
- Album #64: Under the Surface (1 episode)
- Album #65: Expect the Unexpected (1 episode)
- Album #66: Trial by Fire (4 episodes)
- Album #67: More Than Meets the Eye (1 episode)
- Adventures in Odyssey Club: Season 6 (1 episode)
Buck has appeared on the front cover of the following albums:
Pictures of Buck Oliver