Prior to beginning work on Trailer Park Boys, Mike Clattenburg wrote, filmed and directed a small short entitled "The Cart Boy", about an awkward young man who's only source of income was stealing shopping carts and reselling them. However, this is considered non-canon since Bubbles was named Darren in the film, and both Robb Wells and John Paul Tremblay were in it, but as mall security and it's certainly not implied that they were playing their eventual Trailer Park Boys Characters.
In any event, Bubbles was resurrected when work began on the series proper, and although he was originally designed to be a supporting character, the popularity of the character led to a greater and greater involvement in the series. As a result, Bubbles is arguably the most recognizable character from the show, and is almost always seen with his counterparts, Ricky and Julian.
Bubbles lived in Sunnyvale for all of his life. His father was "The Hammer", a local hockey player whos description fits real hockey player Dave Schultz.  Sometime during his childhood, his parents had to leave him in order to escape some men they had angered, so they had arranged for Julian's grandmother to look after him.
Because Julian was tasked to look after him during his childhood, Bubbles usually resides on whatever lot Julian is currently occupying. ("Dear Santa Claus, Go Fuck Yourself")
Bubbles typically lives in small sheds which contain all the items he needs, including lavatory and cooking facilities.
Bubbles' shed is accidentally burned to the ground after a complication with some electrical wiring Ricky had hooked up to cultivate some dope plants. For a short while after that, Bubbles rents J-Roc's van to live in until he can get a new shed. ("A Dope Trailer Is No Place For A Kitty")
The only time we ever see Bubbles involved in any romantic pursuits is at the very ending of the franchise, when he falls for a cute employee of the animal shelter named Jenny, while trying to get his cats back from impound. She lets him visit his kitties after hours, and asks her out at the end of the movie, before he is carted away under arrest. (Trailer Park Boys: The Movie)
For a complete list of all of Bubbles' criminal activities, see the article Operations.
Bubbles has always been a low level criminal, making a living by stealing shopping carts from one mall, repairing them and selling them to another mall (as explained in "What In The Fuck Happened To Our Trailer Park?"). Any other activities he has been involved in have generally been a result of pressure from or out of a sense of loyalty to Ricky and Julian. He often stated that he didn't want to be doing certain things, but felt he had to go in with the other two because they were the only family he had left.
The only exception to this is The Swayzie Express operation in season seven, which was basically masterminded by Bubbles himself after he stole the model locomotive from a train show in Maine. ("The Mustard Tiger")
With a few exceptions, Bubbles is often spared being arrested or incarcerated ("Where In The Fuck Is Randy's Barbeque?", "Workin' Man"), (sometimes being protected by others), but it occurs more often as the series goes on.
Bubbles is an awkward looking sort, with thick glasses, odd clothing, a sometimes hoarse and cracking voice, and a host of physical mannerisms which are unique only to him. However, despite these shortcomings, Bubbles is typically seen to be very wise, if not intelligent from a scholarly viewpoint. Having said that, early on, he was shown to quote Plato and 'Catcher In The Rye', which seems to illustrate that at least some level of education is present in him. ("I'm Not Gay, I Love Lucy... Wait A Second, Maybe I Am Gay")
His general demeanour and desire for peace finds him in the middle of tense situations in order to calm things down, or impart some personal wisdom to the parties involved, which is ultimately accepted. Most often the situation described above occurs at those times when Ricky and Julian are at odds, and Bubbles has to act as mediator. ("You Got To Blame The Thing Up Here")
Bubbles is also quick to realize an opportunity when he sees it. He was responsible for the peace agreement between them and Jim Lahey which he traded for a ringing endorsement of Jim at his police board hearing, leading to his reinstatement. ("Halloween 1977") In season seven he was able to negotiate Ray's involvement in the sting operation to frame George Green and Ted Johnson, in exchange for then officer Lahey's erasing Ray's DUI record and getting back on the road to help in their scrap metal deal with Shitty Bill. ("Three Good Men Are Dead")
However, Bubbles' relative positions in all of this are not without their drawbacks. He is a very emotion-driven individual, given his abandonment at an early age. Events within the park often spin out of control, despite his efforts, and Bubbles is seen to become emotional many times, in forms of anger, sadness, fear and even brief periods of mental instability. This is especially prevalent in the final season when Bubbles clearly teeters on the brink for several episodes, until finally something breaks in him, and leads to the second appearance of Conky, his ventriloquist's dummy and alter ego. ("Let The Liquor Do The Thinking")
When Bubbles starts a sentence, or someone else makes a statement, he flicks his wrist up and points at nothing, or the person talking. He also does it in mid-sentence a couple of times.
Bubbles doesn't appear to have a proper first name (unless his parents actually named him this); instead his name is based on his love of soap bubbles and a mechanical bubble making machine his parents left him. ("Dear Santa Claus, Go Fuck Yourself", "A Dope Trailer Is No Place For A Kitty") Bubbles has also been said to be his actual, and only name with none other (such as a surname) when he was taken to a hospital. ("Conky")
Bubbles adores cats, and has taken it upon himself to care for all the stray kittens which hang around in the park. His cart operation's main purpose was to provide food and medical care for the 'kitties', and he doesn't stand for anyone interfering with this arrangement. ("Conky") In season six, Bubbles even opened a cat day care center in the park, which he called The Kittyland Love Center, and it managed to stay in business for a while. ("The Way Of The Road"). His love of cats is so strong that he masterminds a plan to spring all of his captured animals from the animal shelter, after they were rounded up and held for reasons of neglect during the construction of Lahey's Trailer Haven and the dismantling of Sunnyvale (Trailer Park Boys: Countdown To Liquor Day).
A partial list of Bubbles' Kitties.
|01||Possession and use of illegal fake rig license||"Workin' Man" workin man|
Open liquor and illegal night club (framed by Lahey), Common Bootlegging
|"Say Goodnight To The Bad Guys" Say goodnight to the bad guys|
|03||2 Weeks||Impersonating a Bank money transporter||Trailer Park Boys: The Movie Countdown to liqour day|