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Buddy Pine
Background information
Feature films The Incredibles
Television programs
Video games
Park attractions
Voice Jason Lee
Performance model
Character information
Other names Syndrome
Personality Evil, cruel, sarcastic, intelligent, sadistic, sociopathic
Appearance Muscular, fair skin, freckles, red hair shaped like a flame, blue eyes, large chin
Occupation Supervillain
Affiliations Bad
Goal To replace the Supers as the new superhero
Friends Mirage (formerly), his Omnidroids
Enemies Bob Parr, Helen Parr, Dash Parr, Violet Parr, Jack-Jack Parr, Mirage
Minions Omnidroids
Likes Killing superheroes, glory, attention
Dislikes Failing to be a superhero
Powers and abilities Multiple gadgets
Fate Gets pulled into the planes propeller blades
Quote "After all, I am your biggest fan."

Syndrome, real name Buddy Pine, is the main antagonist of the Disney Pixar academy award winning 2004 animated film The Incredibles. He was a supervillain and mad scientist who used to be Mr. Incredible's biggest fan until he had refused to let him be his sidekick when he was young.

He is voiced by Jason Lee.


Early Life

I am your number one fan!
~ Buddy Pine

Buddy dressed as IncrediBoy as a child

Buddy Pine, a superhero fanatic & inventor goes into a youthful Mr. Incredible's car willing to be his self-appointed sidekick IncrediBoy and that he doesn't have to worry about training him since he knows everything about him, being his #1 fan. However, rather than allow Incrediboy to accompany him, Mr. Incredible ejects Buddy from his car and speeds off, with Buddy calling out from the road and telling him to wait.

Later on that night, right when Mr. Incredible saves pedestrian Oliver Sansweet from near-suicide convoluted into a bank robbery hostage to stop Bomb Voyage, Buddy showed up again as IncrediBoy and told Mr. Incredible that he made new rocket boots and that he finally figured out who he is: His ward IncrediBoy (Similar to a Batman/Robin tone). But when Mr. Incredible tells him that he's now officially carried it too far, Buddy thinks it's because he doesn't have powers and says that not every superhero has powers and they can be super without them (Similar to Batman).

After asking Mr. Incredible if he can fly since he can with his rocket boots, he responded (while holding up Bomb Voyage, who tried to escape during his and Buddy's conversation), "Fly home, Buddy. I work alone." Buddy tells Mr. Incredible to just give him one chance and that he'll show him by getting the police; but as he was leaving, Bomb Voyage throws a bomb on the end of his cape (which Buddy was unaware), so Mr. Incredible was forced to let Bomb Voyage escape to save Buddy and dispose of the bomb. Unfortunately, the rescue ended up opening the floodgate of other lawsuits against supers (because of the two lawsuits that Mr. Incredible faced and lost) and thus, it abolished supers altogether.

Now sick and tired of Buddy, Mr. Incredible handed him over to the police in the back of their police car, telling them to send him back home and tell his mom what he's been doing so she can have a talk with him. When Mr. Incredible told the officers that Bomb Voyage escaped, he also added that "Skippy" made sure of that, only for Buddy to correct him, but Mr. Incredible responded that he's not affiliated with him.

After Buddy was sent home and probably even scolded and sent to his room by his mom (which was shown in a flashback with a grown-up Buddy {as Syndrome} telling it to an older Mr. Incredible), he believed that he could not trust anyone, and that he realized that his life-long dreams had been crushed, which gradually drove him to a hatred for Mr. Incredible and the other supers for not letting him help and join him, and then it finally drove him to revenge.

Later years

The name is not BUDDY! And it's not "Incrediboy" either!!! That ship has sailed. All I wanted was to help you, I only wanted to help! And what did you say to me? ... (Flashback)... It tore me apart, but I finally learned an important lesson...You can't count on anyone, especially your heroes.
~ Syndrome
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Buddy dressed as Syndrome as a 25-year-old

15 years later now 25-years-old and operating through his agent Mirage, Buddy, now known by his new supervillain name Syndrome, contacted several retired superheroes, tasking them with the destruction of various prototypes of the enormous Omnidroid battle robots, which was secretly a plan to test the robots against old supers. If the super dies, they failed. If they can survive and disable the robot, then the data is used to make a bigger robot that is designed to kill that particular super. No super ever survived the second fight, if they even survived the first fight. This led to the Omnidroids becoming more difficult to defeat every time, with the eventual goal to make the Omnidroid good enough to defeat Mr. Incredible. He also got extremely rich from building loads of weapons and presumably selling it to evil terrorist organizations. But no matter how rich he became, he never forgot about Mr. Incredible and finally started to get his revenge. Deciding that his Omnidroid was now good enough to fight Mr. Incredible, Syndrome had Mirage recruit his old idol, who was able to defeat the Omnidroid.

After repairing and improving the machine, Syndrome sent it to fight Mr. Incredible. When the hero was outmatched rather quickly, Syndrome revealed himself (also saying that all he wanted was to help Mr. Incredible, but what made him snap was when he told him to fly home and that he works alone) and he declared that he would be Mr. Incredible's new nemesis. Mr. Incredible realized that he was wrong to treat Syndrome the way he did, and apologized for what he had done. Syndrome assumed that since he now had power over him he was bluffing, and he goes on a monologue with Mr. Incredible. After Mr. Incredible takes advantage of the moment to throw a log at Syndrome (who dodges it), Syndrome immobilizes Mr. Incredible with his zero-point energy ray, which is shot from the pointer finger of Syndrome's glove. After throwing Mr. Incredible around several times to show his power over the superhero, Syndrome accidentally uses his zero-point energy ray to throw Mr. Incredible over a waterfall. Not wanting to take any chances, he then tried to finish him off with an explosive device to ensure his demise.

A scared Mr. Incredible sees the explosion in the water, but Syndrome sends his life-detector to see if Mr. Incredible survived the explosion. Mr. Incredible used Gazerbeam's skeletal remains (who had been presumably killed by Syndrome for knowing too much about his schemes) to make Syndrome think that he was killed by the bomb, which works.

Unfortunately, Syndrome was able to capture Mr. Incredible when he tried to infiltrate his base later on (during which Mr. Incredible discovered Syndrome's computer and found out that as he had said previously, he had killed several other superheroes in order to get the Omnidroid ready to combat him), also realizing that he wasn't killed by the bomb after all. Due to the fact that Elastigirl had activated the tracking device on his supersuit in an attempt to find where Mr. Incredible was, Syndrome and Mirage believed that he had made contact with someone and began to interrogate him.

When the rest of the Incredible family followed, Syndrome assumed that Mr. Incredible had sent for reinforcements with the tracking device. He ordered Elastigirl's plane to be shot down with missiles, taking cruel pleasure in the knowledge that he had killed them (not knowing that the occupants were really Mr. Incredible's wife Elastigirl and their two kids, also not knowing that Mr. Incredible's family had survived the crash), recalling how Mr. Incredible had told him that he worked alone after he offered to be his sidekick. Mr. Incredible then retaliated by threatening to kill Mirage by crushing her; but Syndrome refused to release him, knowing that even with nothing to lose, Mr. Incredible would never, ever kill an enemy.

Mr. Incredible decided to let her go, realizing that that wouldn't make things better and Syndrome teased that he knew Mr. Incredible couldn't do it, even when he's got nothing to lose because he says that Mr. Incredible's weak and that he's outgrown him. This eventually makes Mirage mad at Syndrome for having very little respect for the lives of others, telling her former boss afterwards, "Next time you gamble... bet your own life!" and leaves. She then frees Mr. Incredible from captivity, informs him of his family's survival, and helps him escape and reunite with his family.

After the Incredibles quickly overpower his guards, Syndrome was able to re-capture Mr. Incredible along with his family by immobilizing them, discovering that Mr. Incredible had married Elastigirl and had two children with her. He believed that he had hit the jackpot by capturing an entire family of superheroes. He then imprisons the Incredibles in one of his multi-prisoner containment units. He takes the opportunity to elaborate on his plan to the entire family, meanwhile bragging about how he had beaten them without having any superpowers himself. He intends to set the Omnidroid on Metroville and then stop it himself, taking the credit and setting himself up as the city's new hero. He would then proceed to sell his inventions so that others could be super, thus eliminating the concept of supers.

But this plan ultimately failed, as the Omnidroid's ability to learn allowed it to identify Syndrome as a threat, disabling his remote control wristband and sending him flying into a building out of control (which scared him real bad), knocking him out cold. He then tried to get back up, only to fall back down. He remained unconscious during the Incredibles' and Frozone's fight with the Omnidroid and they're able to disable it. Thus, Syndrome was robbed of his victory.

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Syndrome knocked out


This isn't the end of it! I will get your son eventually, I will get your son! Oh no...
~ Syndrome's last words, before being sucked into the jet turbine

With his assets now frozen by the US government and a warrant put out for his arrest, an angry Syndrome (who couldn't believe what was happening) made one final attempt at revenge by breaking into the Incredibles' house and abducting Jack-Jack, persuading his current babysitter that he was a replacement, telling her that the S on his shirt stood for Sitter and that he could not run around with a "BS" on his shirt in public. When the Incredibles arrived to rescue Jack Jack, Syndrome zapped them with his zero-point energy ray with his finger and reassured them that he'll be a good mentor to him, and probably even turn him into a sidekick in time. He then threw the Incredibles out of the home and crashed through the ceiling and up to his jet plane while holding a crying Jack-Jack.


A scared Syndrome about to get pulled into his plane's blades, with his cape caught to them

But unfortunately for Syndrome, this plan also failed when Jack-Jack's transforming superpower manifested and allowed him to beat Syndrome up. Then Elastigirl was then thrown into the air by Mr. Incredible and she grabbed her baby (who fell out of Syndrome's arms when he hit the wing of his plane) and then she used her body as a parachute to glide back down. Finally realizing that he lost, Syndrome leaned from the side door of his jet plane, yelling out to the Incredible family that this isn't the end of it, that he'll come back and get Jack-Jack again, vowing revenge again; he then proceeded to laugh evilly.

Mr. Incredible then started looking around for something to throw at Syndrome, spotting the car that he had bought with the money Syndrome had given him earlier, and threw it at Syndrome's plane, knocking him off-balance. Before he knew it, Syndrome was only inches away from death inside the airplane turbine. This echos an earlier scene in the movie regarding the dangers of wearing a cape by Edna, which Syndrome learned the hard way as he struggled to escape when his cape pulls and rips Syndrome into shreds which causes the aircraft to explode, killing him.

His death was of similarity to Stratogale, a hero that died prior to the film.


Syndrome's personality, namely his callous disregard of others and lack of conscience or morality all stem back to psychopathy. He is a mad scientist destined to make himself a hero even if it meant creating a killer robot to murder retired superheroes. He has a disregard for human life which was shown when he let loose the Omnidroid on a populated area, allowed missiles to fire on Helen, Dash and Violet's plane even after discovering the two were children and was willing to risk Mirage's safety to call Mr. Incredible's bluff.

He is also shown to have a sense of humor, accidentally knocking Mr. Incredible off a cliff with his zero point energy guns and remarking that Mr. Incredible and Mrs. Incredible had gotten busy after getting married.

Syndrome was a scientific, technological, technical and mechanical genius, and possessed the intelligence and resourcefulness sufficient to create an incredible variety of weaponry and equipment. He was also capable of creating a sentient, self-aware, incredibly powerful and intelligent being that would ultimately become his downfall: the Omnidroid.

Aside from his derangement Syndrome is cynical, he believes that you can't count on anyone, especially your heroes and thinks that the only way to get respect was to become a threat. He is sadistic as well after realising that Bob knew Helen from the transmission he instantly set missiles on their plane and then mocked them on their apparent deaths.

Like many sociopaths, Syndrome holds a firm belief that mercy is a weakness and disregarding life is strength which was pointed out by Mirage. Syndrome himself is a very calm, level-headed and laid-back young man, rarely if ever expressing his temper. When Mister Incredible had just destroyed his ninth Omnidroid instead of initial anger, simply compliments the feat by saying it was "impressive." This also shows when Bob had taken Mirage hostage and Syndrome shows no concern over her life although this could be due to a lack of empathy.

Syndrome is an extremely spiteful and vindictive individual after being rejected by his former idol it turned him into a megalomaniacal super villain. However he was still intelligent enough not to make his hatred allow him to be arrogant and realised that the Omnidroid would have to be worthy before fighting Bob.

However it's needless to say that Syndrome wasn't always like this; Buddy Pine was cheerful, inventive optimistic and intelligent if not a little pestering and obnoxious. He was somewhat obsessed with Mister Incredible as he was a member of the fan club, knows his favourite catchphrases and fighting styles and his self-proclaimed number one fan. He is a child prodigy, creating rocket boots which allow him to fly however however his intrusions caused his idol to lose Bomb Voyage. After being rejected by Mister Incredible twice this led Buddy down a dark path until it became a desire for vengeance. However, even as a child, Syndrome believed being a superhero was about wearing cool outfits and getting to beat people up, showing no real desire to help others. This suggests that he could easily have turned to the dark side even if Bob hadn't turned him down.


Syndrome stood 5 feet and 7 inches tall, excluding the height of his hair. He was barrel-chested and weighed 185 lb. His red hair extended straight up in a manner reminiscent of flames. Syndrome was supposedly "not a super", but he demonstrated exceptional ingenuity, technical knowledge, and planning skill far beyond the science of his time.

Weapons and Inventions

Syndrome's list of super weapons that he made was extensive, but several notable ones included:

  • Rocket boots
  • Zero-point energy ray (trapped and paralyzed the victim{s} in an energy beam)
  • Omnidroid models
  • Tracking / Scanning devices
  • Miniature explosives
  • Velocipods
  • Containment units (in which the prisoner has mineballs on their hand and feet and is held up in a field of zero-point energy, causing the prisoner to be unable to escape)


You took away my future. I'm simply returning the favor.
~ Syndrome, after zapping the Incredibles with his zero-point energy ray
Cool! Ready for takeoff!
~ Young Buddy after he gets into a young Mr. Incredible's car
YOU sir, truly ARE Mr. Incredible. You know, I was right to idolize you, and I always knew you were tough, but tricking the probe by hiding under the bones of another super, aw man! I'm still geeking out about it! And then you just had to go and.. ruin the ride. I mean Mr. Incredible calling for help? "Help me, Help me!!" - lame lame lame lame LAME! Alright, who did you contact?!?
~ Syndrome after he kidnaps Mr. Incredible.
It's finally ready! You know, I went through quite a few supers to make it worthy to fight you, but man, it wasn't good enough! After you trashed the last one, I had to make some major modifications! Sure it was difficult, but you are worth it! (Laughs) I mean, after all... I am your biggest fan.
~ Syndrome to Mr. Incredible after having his Omnidroid defeat him.
Too late. 15 years too late!
~ Syndrome after Mr. Incredible begs him to call off the missiles
Huh, huh? Oh, come on! You've got to admit this is cool! Just like a movie!The Omnidroid will emerge dramatically, do some damage, thousands of screaming people! Then when all hope is lost... Syndrome will save the day! I'll be a bigger hero than you ever were.
~ Syndrome



  • Syndrome's hair was styled like Jimmy Neutron's hairdo, another CG-animated genius.
  • He bears some resemblance to Doctor Doom, both being evil genius type supervillains who rely on their intellect and weaponry to further their agendas. Both also seek vengeance and are the chief enemies of a quartet of superheroes that double as a family.
  • In The Incredibles: The Video Game, the young Buddy was seen as IncrediBoy when a youthful Mr. Incredible was holding onto his cape, trying to remove the bomb from Buddy's cape. But for the rest of the game, Buddy was never seen again as a 23-year-old under the supervillain name Syndrome. It is unknown why he never came back after the incident of the bomb being on his cape when he was little.
  • Syndrome made a cameo appearance in Jack-Jack Attack, in which he was seen without his mask and posed as a replacement for Kari.
  • He is the third Pixar villain to die and the sixth Pixar character to die.
  • Syndrome is similar to Charles Muntz from Up in several in a few aspects.
    • Both are serial killers.
    • Both are willing to kill children (Russell in the case of Charles Muntz and Dash and Violet in the case of Syndrome).
    • Both own a flying vehicle (in Charles Muntz's case, the Spirit Of Adventure).
    • Both have a large amount of evil minions to do their bidding.
    • Both have had one of their minions betray them (Mirage in his case and Dug in Charles Muntz's case).
    • In an interesting reversal however, while Syndrome was a fan of the hero who then became evil, Charles Muntz is the reverse: a character who was once idolized by the hero before becoming a villain.
  • Syndrome shares a mild similarity to Princess Morbucks in the fact both admired and original wished to be Superheroes until they were rejected by their idols.
  • Syndrome also bears a few similarities to Aldrich Killian:
    • They were both nerdy inventors who were rejected by their idols.
    • After being rejected, they make a considerable amount of money by secretly commiting crimes & murder using their inventions (In Syndrome's case, Omnidroids & In Killian's case, EXTREMIS)
    • Ironically, this was heavily referenced in HISHE's How Iron Man 3 Should Have Ended in which Tony compared himself & Killian with Mr. Incredible & Syndrome, much to the latter's shock.
  • He is widely regarded as being considerably dark for a Disney villain, as the director of the Incredibles (Brad Bird) believed that portraying criminals as not being willing to harm children was more harmful to minors than helpful.
  • He shares some similarities to Electro from The Amazing Spider-Man 2:
    • Both were once nerdy.
    • Both idolized a hero (Mr. Incredible for Syndrome and Spider-Man for Electro).
    • Both became evil after an event involving the protagonist (though Syndrome's was on purpose, Electro's was due to a misunderstanding).
    • Both died in an explosion.