Zebedee is a conflicted Z-Stack. He is Captain Zero's second tug and Zorran's right hand tug. Despite working for the Z-Stacks, there is little malice in him compared to his colleagues. He speaks with a Liverpudlian accent. He is usually seen working with Zak.
Zebedee is used for a variety of tasks around Bigg City Port. Like the other Z-Stacks, Zebedee is based on the NYC Moran Fleet tugs from the 1920's. His personality resembles that of Shemp Howard. Zebedee is one of the more complex Tugs characters, an easy-going tug who winds up the Star Fleet for a reason or another - mean and vindictive on the outside, but on the inside there is much to his personality. Beneath his tough exterior is the only Z-Stack to have a conscience.
In the episode High Winds, his guilty conscience proves he has good in him when he helps the Star Fleet tow the liner Princess Alice. In the same episode, he was offered to join the Star Fleet but refused, saying he's a Z-Stack at his heart. Zebedee's lighter side was never examined again in the series, but it was in another form of media which stated his owner was Captain Star, meaning it would have been expanded on had the second series been produced.Zebedee's whistle produces a single flat note. Zebedee also has the deepest whistle of the Z-Stacks.
In the animated series Salty's Lighthouse, Zebedee was voiced by Ian James Corlett, giving him a Brooklyn accent. His name is always pronounced as "Zeebee", although his original nametag is left uncensored (unlike O.J.'s and Big Mac's).
- Ian James Corlett (Salty's Lighthouse)
- After Tugs' production ended, Zebedee's model was purchased by The Star Tugs Company, an organisation which aimed to restore and preserve the models.
- He is often nicknamed Zeb by Zak. He was also called Zebby by Johnny Cuba.