Zebedee, nicknamed Zeb or Zebby, is a conflicted member of the Z-Stacks. 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, he is based on the NYC Moran Fleet tugs from the 1920s. 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—rude and vindictive on the outside, but on the inside there is much more to his personality than just being devious. Beneath his tough and sinister exterior is the only Z-Stack to have a conscience.
In the episode "High Winds," Zebedee's guilty conscience proves he has good in him when he helps Ten Cents and Sunshine secure Scuttlebutt Pete, and the Star Fleet tow the liner Princess Alice, as well as standing up for himself to Johnny Cuba to help Hercules take him to the authorities, even though Johnny Cuba had threatened to scuttle him throughout the episode if he didn't help him, though Captain Zero wouldn't be happy. In the same episode, he was offered to join the Star Fleet but refused, saying he's a Z-Stack at his heart.Zeb's whistle produces a single flat note. His whistle is Zug's at a lower pitch. He 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, unlike Big Mac and O.J.'s, his original nametag is left uncensored, which means that either "Zeebee" is a short name, or that his name could have been mispronounced. This is also what happened with Burke and Blair.
- After Tugs' production ended, Zebedee's model was purchased by The Star Tugs Company, an organisation which aimed to restore and preserve the show's models.
- His face masks were sold to an unknown buyer in 2012.
- He is often nicknamed Zeb by Zak. He was also called Zebby by Johnny Cuba.
- Due to his hidden, more caring and heroic nature, Zebedee is the only Z-Stack to be offered a place in the Star Fleet - only for him to turn it down quickly.