Western Animation: Toy Story 3

So long... partner.

Toy Story 3 (2010) takes place about 10 years after the second film; Andy—now almost eighteen—is getting ready for college, and the plot follows the adventures of Andy's childhood toys as they're accidentally donated to a preschool/daycare center for a new generation of kids to enjoy, much to the toys' dismay. It is in this film that the Myth Arc of the series - which concerns the life of a toy - comes to a close, and the characters accept that their time as Andy's toys has come to an end, but it also paves the way for their future.

The film was known for a staggering amount of time spent in Development Hell during the 2000's, and for a time, it looked like this film would never materialize. Disney attempted to produce a third Toy Story film with an in-house studio as opposed to Pixar, but it all worked out after Disney's acquisition of Pixar. Toy Story 3 would be released almost eleven years after the second film, and fifteen years following the original.

Toy Story 3 is notable for being considerably Darker and Edgier than the previous two films. The main cast of the films were largely reunited, bar the late Jim Varney and Joe Ranft. Varney was replaced by his old friend Blake Clark, while Ranft's characters and numerous others were written out of the story.

In late 2014, Pixar announced Toy Story 4, set to be released in 2017.

"Trope Story 3":

  • 555: Andy's cell phone number is 555-0112, written on Buzz's wrist for use in "Operation: Playtime."
  • Accent Adaptation: Given the very clear nature of Buzz' Spanish dance moves, some of the Spanish-language dubs keep him Spanish, but give him a thick Andalusian accent, of the "huge lisp" variety (Like the one the Puss in Boots has)
  • Actionized Sequel: With this being number 3 in a trilogy fifteen years in the making, character introductions are almost moot point, with even more dramatic escape sequences taking place in comparison to its predecessors.
  • Advertised Extra: Stretch the octopus is displayed prominently on the DVD cover, despite having about ten minutes of screen time.
  • Anachronism Stew: The opening scene. There's Woody and Jessie, the cowboy and cowgirl, chasing Potato Head on a 19th century style steam train. Then a pink sports car turns up, then spaceman Buzz Lightyear and later Slinky Dog is some sort of high tech forcefield dog contraption. Hamm has a pig-shaped spaceship, with a cockpit filled with computers, lights and a teleporter and a Wave Motion Gun in the snout. Finally, there's Rex, the dinosaur. Justified in that this is all a story made up by a six year old and the ludicrous nature of it is clearly powered by his sense of Rule of Cool. This scene is a retelling of the first two movies' opening sequences blended together.
  • And I Must Scream: Lotso ends up crucified on the front grille of a garbage truck.
  • And the Adventure Continues: When Andy leaves his toys in the care of their new kid Bonnie.
  • Arc Words: "Together"
  • Armor-Piercing Question: Lotso begins his Villainous Breakdown when Woody asks him about Daisy.
  • Ascended Extra: Mrs. Potato Head. She went from a background character in the second movie to having a crucial role in the plot by having the ability to see through a missing eye.
    • Barbie is bumped up to lead character, instead of having a few cameos as in 2.
  • Ass Shove: Done in the epilogue when Mr. Potato Head discovers the Peas-in-a-Pod popping out of his rear hatch.
    "I told you kids, stay out of my butt!"
  • Ax-Crazy: Lots-O'-Huggin' Bear.
  • Bear Hug: From Lots-O'-Huggin' Bear.
  • Bears Are Bad News: Lotso Bear plays this straight.
  • Be Careful What You Wish For: At the beginning, the toys want nothing more than to be played with again. When they get to Sunnyside, they get what they want. Boy howdy, do they get it. And considering how disgruntled they were at the prospect of being stuck in the attic, by the end of the adventure attitudes seem to have changed somewhat in-between courtesy of Sunnyside and the Dump:
    Mr. Potato Head: You know all that bad stuff I said about Andy's attic? I take it all back.
    Hamm: You said it.
  • Berserk Button: Lotso really should not have broken the name tag in front of Big Baby.
  • Beware the Nice Ones:
    • Lotso, after he hears the concept of family love, shifts into his darker side and becomes one of the most nightmarish villains Pixar has ever made.
    • Do not threaten Barbie's friends if you know what's good for you.
  • Big Bad: Lotso
  • Big Brother Instinct: At the end of the movie Andy gives all of his toys to Bonnie, with the prompting of Woody writing her address on a sticky note which he put on top the box of toys initially meant for the attic. When Bonnie is initially scared of the strange older boy approaching her, Andy kneels down at her eye level to introduce himself and describe all of his toys to Bonnie. The scene ends with Andy and Bonnie playing with all of their toys in Bonnie's front yard before Andy drives off to college. Also with his own sister. After some light back-and-forth bickering, when Andy sees Molly having trouble with a heavy box he helps her out at once, dropping the trash bag the toys are in.
  • Big Damn Heroes: "The claaaawww!" When all is lost, the Little Green Men show up and fish Woody and the gang out of the incinerator.
  • Big "NO!": Woody gets one when falling into the incinerator.
  • Bittersweet Ending: The ending appears to be this way. The toys have lost many of their friends over the years and they'll probably never see Andy again, but they have a new owner who loves them just as much Andy himself did.
  • Blowing a Raspberry: Big Baby does this to Lotso.
  • Bolero Effect: Used in the music of the incinerator scene.
  • Book Ends: The film begins with a shot of a blue sky with uniquely shaped clouds (the one of Andy's old wallpaper). It ends with a shot into the blue sky with the same uniquely shaped clouds. (Also, the first Toy Story begins with the same sky, making this a series-wide Book Ends).
  • Brainwashed and Crazy: Buzz, after Lotso forcibly switches him to "Demo" mode.
  • Brick Joke:
    • Sarge and the army men.
    • "The CLAAAAAAAAW..." A Brick Joke that takes two movies and several years to set up and deliver on.
    • The triceratops is one as well; at the end of the first movie, Rex was talking about how he would love for Andy to get an herbivore so he could play the dominant predator. Look who he ends up paling around with during the credits of the third movie?
  • Call Back: God bless the poor soul who watched this movie before the first two. Some references to the previous films are quick and may not even make sense without that context. A partial list:
    1. To the first movie:
      • Many lines in the film's opening are taken directly from the original film's opening, including One-Eyed Bart, his "ha ha ha, money money money!" line, his "attack dog with built-in force field", and the opposing "dinosaur who eats force field dogs."
      • Andy looks over Woody and Buzz, picks them up, and chooses one. The framing echoes when he was putting toys into the chest during the "Strange Things" sequence. This time he chooses Woody for college.
      • Woody's "It doesn't matter how much we're played with, what matters is that we're here for Andy when he needs us." is invoked in the beginning.
      • Woody hosts a staff meeting and asks Slinky to gather everyone (only this time Slinky doesn't have nearly as many toys to gather).
      • The Army Men (or what's left of them) go on recon missions for the other toys, this time getting Andy's cell phone.
      • Andy's mom finds stuff that Andy left lying around, and gets upset: the army men in the first movie (though he didn't do it) and a trash bag in the third.
      • Trixie reminds us about how Rex wanted a plant-eating dinosaur to be one of Andy's presents.
      • A little girl (Bonnie instead of Sid's sister Hannah) inserts a main character (this time Woody instead of Buzz) into a tea party she's having with other toys.
      • When Bonnie hugs Woody and the toys after playing with them after the imaginary spaceship, Buttercup winking at Woody is a callback in the first movie when Andy picks up Woody and Buzz when they land in the car and Woody and Buzz wink at each other.
      • The garbageman with headphones? Sid, all grown up. You can tell by his shirt. Also, he's the same voice actor.
      • The truck Lotso, Big Baby, and Chuckles ride on the back of is the Pizza Planet delivery truck.
      • Buzz's dialogue after Woody and the others attempt to reset him is the exact same as his dialogue when he first came out of his box... except in Spanish. Also, he aims his laser right at the center of Woody's forehead... which is exactly what he did upon meeting Woody for the first time in the first movie. You can also see that the sticker that represents the radio he has on his wrist is no longer there, because Buzz himself peeled it off in the first movie.
      • One scene during Andy and Bonnie's playtime is Andy carrying Woody on his shoulders, which he did at the start of the title sequence for the first movie.
      • The last shot we see at the end of the film is a bright blue sky with clouds, the exact same as Andy's wallpaper which introduced Toy Story.
      • The wing section of the Buzz Lightyear manual ends with "NOT A FLYING TOY", a warning flashed in a Buzz Lightyear toy commercial that caused Buzz's Heroic BSOD.
      • The last toy Woody holds hands with during the Incinerator Scene is not Buzz, but Slinky, Woody's friend before Buzz showed up.
      • "THE CLAAAAAAAAAAAAWWWWWW!" was originally mentioned by the aliens in the first movie.
    2. To the second movie:
      • Evil Doctor Porkchop and Death by Monkeys in the opening.
      • Jessie commenting, "It's Emily all over again!"
      • Jessie yodels multiple times and calls for animals, which is mildly confusing without knowing those were her character traits on the show within the movie Woody's Roundup.
      • Woody tries to ride Buster to yet another rescue mission, but Buster has gotten too old and chubby to do this anymore.
      • Woody attempts to slide down the drainpipe in order to save the rest of the toys. He fails. Epically.
      • While Woody and Buzz are looking at a young picture of Andy, Woody comments that they'll be together "For infinity and beyond".
      • "You have saved our lives. We are eternally grateful" and the Little Green Men being the adopted children of the Potato Heads.
      • Hamm claims dibs on Barbie's Corvette car when she's thrown into the Sunnyside box. He enjoyed driving the car around the aisles of Al's Toy Barn.
      • Using Slinky as a bungee cord: When the toys reach Andy's house again, they climb to the roof of the garage, which leads to his bedroom window. The camera angle is the exact same as when the toys leave to rescue Woody in Toy Story 2.
      • Zurg was referenced in the first movie, but you wouldn't recognize him in his cameo unless you saw Toy Story 2.
      • Jessie's panic attacks at the thought of going into storage, again.
      • A tiny one: Golf clubs are instrumental in the rescue of a toy in both films. With varied results.
      • A Freeze-Frame Bonus in the Buzz Lightyear instruction manual. The Accessories section mentions that the Buzz Lightyear Utility Belt is "coming soon!". The other Buzz from the second film had a utility belt.
      • If you look carefully at Woody's right arm, it's got red stitching different from the left along the shoulder, which is where Andy sewed his arm back on.
      • In The Climax of the second film, Prospector asks Woody if he thinks Andy will take him to college. The opening of this film has Andy preparing to leave for college...guess who he plans on taking with him?
      • Stinky Pete fulfilled his end of the deal to get Barbie a bigger role in Toy Story 3.
    3. To both films:
      • A very good portion of the film's soundtrack is itself a Leitmotif throwback to each of the films. The opening sequence, for example, uses Buzz's theme from Toy Story (Buzz's arrival uses a version of Buzz's themenote  and the climactic soundtrack from Toy Story.), while scenes like where Woody is found alive by his friends are from Andy's return home in 2 [1], and when the toys finally arrive home.
      • Woody mentions that several toys from the previous two films (such as Etch and Bo Peep) have been given away in the time between 2 and 3. (The mentioning of Bo, in particular, appears to mildly dishearten Woody, due to the romantic relationship they shared in the previous two films).
      • The looping orange racetrack Buzz used to "fall with style" in the original and Jessie used to help Buster in the sequel is mentioned to be stored in the attic.
      • Lotso's backstory. Him getting lost on a trip out and having to make his way back home to the owner he is intensely loyal to: That's the plot of the first movie right there. Him being replaced and his If I Can't Have You: Hey, Woody, remember when you pushed Buzz out the window? His philosophy that all toys are destined to be treated as garbage: Remember when Woody was more willing to go to a museum than to Andy because he was afraid he'd be thrown out eventually? Lotso is Woody from a bad future.
    4. Other Pixar films:
      • The quick series of shots over which Chatter Telephone narrates all the obstacles the toys will face in their escape from Sunnyside recalls a similar sequence detailing the plan to escape the fish tank in Finding Nemo (both are Mission: Impossible parodies and visual shout-outs to the films of David Fincher).
      • Big Baby resembles the creepy baby who fell victim to the Uncanny Valley in the Pixar short Tin Toy. In that short, a number of toys hide from said child. The same toys are also shown hiding from the toddlers of the Caterpillar Room before the kids return from recess.
      • Freeze-Frame Bonus: Andy's board has a postcard from Carl and Ellie of Up; his posters feature the Omnidroid of The Incredibles; fish from Finding Nemo are seen in stickers on his wall and in paintings at the daycare; Sunnyside has toy versions of Nemo's Mister Ray and some of the characters from Cars (non-anthropomorphic Snot Rod on Andy's calendar (August) and Finn Mcmissile from Cars 2 on a poster, also, when the children burst into the room for the first time, one of the them is wearing a "95" shirt). Buzz Lightyear is powered by batteries from Buy n Large. Atta's name appears on the wall in Sunnyside.
      • The locomotive at the start of the movie is also numbered "95"; these are references to when the first Toy Story came out.
      • There's a little girl in the Butterfly Room who looks suspiciously like an older version of Boo from Monsters, Inc.. She is playing with a purple and blue kitty. It has since been jossed by Lee Unkrich.
  • The Cameo: A doll of Studio Ghibli's own Totoro is a minor character in the film, and the first Toy Story character to also be a character from another movie. And yes, he still has his trademark Totoro grin.
  • Camp Straight: Ken. From his frilly handwriting, to his many clothes, to his happiness when the army men parachute in the ending. Even dating Barbie doesn't help matters.
    "I'm not a girl's toy! I'm NOT! Why do you guys keep saying that?"
    "You're not a toy! You're an accessory! You're a purse with legs."
  • Captivity Harmonica: Hamm plays one.
    Buzz: Quiet, musical hog! Knock it off!
    • It's also worth noting that Lotso's theme is played with a harmonica.
  • Casting Gag:
    • Pixar didn't realize that they actually cast the voice of the Spanish Buzz toy for Spanish Buzz until after the fact.
    • It cannot be a coincidence that Rex speaks about the dump a couple times- his voice actor, Wallace Shawn, does ads for a discount furniture outlet chain called "The Dump."
  • Celibate Hero: Woody in this movie as Bo Peep is said to be one of the many characters that were either sold off at a garage sale, thrown in the trash, or donated between the second movie and this one.
  • Character Outlives Actor: Hey Vern!! Slinky Dog was voiced by another actor long after my death, knowhutimean??
  • Chekhov's Gun:
    • Bonnie can be seen playing with The Monkey during the first scene showing her in the day care.
    • A second viewing of the film sees all the major characters in the first daycare scene, before they're active.
    • There's also Mrs. Potato Head's lost eye, which proves to Andy's toys that he really didn't throw them away.
  • Classically Trained Extra: Mr. Pricklepants, played by none other than Timothy Dalton.
    • He even asked Woody if he was classically trained, in regards to his "performance."
  • Color-Coded for Your Convenience: Blue is safe (Andy's room, the Butterfly Room, the conveyor belt off switch), red is unsafe (Caterpillar Room, Lotso, incinerator), and sickly green-yellow is corrupted (the vending machine "gambling parlor", the daycare dumpster). Bonnie's color is bright "happy" green.
  • Continuity Nod:
    • Woody still has the red stitches on his right arm from Andy's fixing him at the end of Toy Story 2.
    • Buzz is also still missing his arm readout sticker, which he peeled off during his nervous breakdown in the first movie.
  • Convection Schmonvection: The incinerator is obviously really hot but the plastic toys remain unmelted. Considering how terrifying the scene was already, this is for the best.
  • Conveyor Belt-O-Doom: After escaping the shredders (including Lotso, who gets trapped underneath a golf bag), the toys find themselves on a conveyor belt pushing them towards an incinerator. Unfortunately, Lotso refuses to shut it off when he has the opportunity, though thankfully they are saved by the LG Ms.
  • Cool and Unusual Punishment: Barbie's way of interrogating Ken is by ripping each of his sets of clothes until he speaks, which he does when Barbie starts to rip his Nehru jacket.
  • Costume Test Montage: Ken, to Barbie.
  • Crapsaccharine World: Sunnyside Daycare seems like a bright, colorful heaven where there are always children to lovingly play with the toys, but actually it's a brutal dictatorship ruled by Lotso the bear. Most of the daycare's toys get subjected to rough playtimes with the toddlers rather than the loving playtimes with the older children, and any defiant toys get imprisoned in cubbies, forced to stay the night in the sandbox, interrogated, brainwashed, or thrown into the daycare's dumpster to go to the landfill. Also, Lotso is revealed to be a genuinely monstrous villain, but once he's gone the daycare center becomes a genuinely sweet place under Ken and Barbie.
  • Creepy Doll: Big Baby.
  • Cute Giant: Lotso and Big Baby are each considerably larger than the most of the other toys in the movie.
  • Cymbal-Banging Monkey: When night falls on Sunnyside Daycare, he sits at the front desk, watching all the surveillance screens. If a toy tries to escape, he turns on the center's P.A. system and screeches into it while banging his cymbals. Lotso and crew are on top of the poor toy in moments.
  • Darker and Edgier: Is considered much more intense than the first two, as well as unusually dark for a Pixar movie. This is one of the more justified examples, though, since the concepts introduced earlier in the series leave room for Fridge Horror. The third has a more intense feel because it calls attention to a fair bit of said fridge horror. That, and it's a Prison Episode rife with disturbing elements like Lotso, an Ax-Crazy teddy bear, and cymbal banging monkeys. Considering the time gap in between each movie's theatrical release, this seems somewhat appropriate. It's almost as if Pixar directed the film at an older audience who grew up on the older films. The way Toy Story 3 ended, it felt like Pixar wanted to give the now Teen/Young Adult audience of the first movie some closure on the series they came to love when they were kids.
  • Dance of Romance: When Buzz is in Spanish mode, he makes the move on Jessie with a dance. And they do it again in his normal form in the credits.
  • Dance Party Ending: Stay for the credits. Set to a Spanish version of "You Got A Friend In Me." The choreography was done by Dancing with the Stars contestants.
  • The Dandy: Ken is really, really concerned about fashion and clothes.
  • Dark Reprise: Of "You've Got a Friend In Me" at the beginning of the film. The song ends at the line "Our friendship will never die!" The background music stops, and we just hear "never die" echo over and over.
  • Demoted to Extra: Slinky. His role in this movie is much smaller compared to his part in the first and second films; he is a background character for the majority of the time and his only real standout scene is helping old pal Woody defeat the Cymbal-Banging Monkey, as well as briefly jumping across the trash chute to the dumpster before being thwarted by Lotso.
  • Den of Iniquity: A humorous example with the 'bad' toys hanging around in a vending machine, betting with Monopoly money and triple A batteries. They use a "See-N-Say" toy instead of a roulette table.
  • Deus ex Machina: The Claw at the end of the film is a literal Deus Ex Machina, as the DVD commentary points out, given that the LGMs treat "the claw" as their deity and it is also the machine that saves all of the toys from burning in the garbage furnace. Its arrival is accompanied by a choir of angelic voices on the soundtrack.
  • Diabolus Ex Machina: Since it's considered a Deus ex Machina in the first two Toy Story movies, the Pizza Planet truck could definitely qualify as this in Toy Story 3, since it's responsible for taking Lotso, Big Baby and Chuckles to Sunnyside.
  • Dialogue Reversal: "You have saved our lives. We are eternally grateful."
  • Director Cameo: The Jack-in-the-Box who yells "new toys!" is voiced by director Lee Unkrich.
  • Does This Remind You of Anything?: Rewatch the scene where Woody tells Big Baby the truth of his and Lotso's past regarding Daisy. Suddenly, Lotso ridiculing Baby for missing his mama, destroying the only keepsake he has from her, and angrily yelling that she never loved him sounds an AWFUL lot like an abusive father toward his distraught child.
  • The Dog Bites Back: Big Baby to Lotso.
  • The Dragon: Big Baby. Heel Face Turns in the end.
  • The Dreaded: Bonnie's toys are shown to be frightened by Lots-O'-Huggin' Bear.
  • Dropped a Bridge on Him: A great number of the toys have been sold, broken or lost in the time period between 2 and 3 making for a Darker and Edgier feel. Especially saddening is the absence of Bo Peep, Woody's love interest- when she is mentioned, Woody looks utterly miserable.
  • The Dulcinea Effect: Happens to "Spanish Buzz" once he sees Jessie.
  • Dumb Blonde: Barbie appears to be this at first, but later says one to Lotso that averts it.
    Barbie: Authority should derive from the consent of the governed, not from threat of force!
    (Hamm and Potato Head shrug in confusion)
    • She single-handedly subdued Ken, tore a confession out of him, then got the Buzz Lightyear instruction manual from Bookworm all via improvisation.
  • Easily Forgiven: Lotso's minions were all but forgiven in the end, though they do agree to be played with by the kids in the Caterpillar Room.
  • End of an Age: A small-scale case which leans heavily on the fourth wall. In-story, the toys are moving on from their time with Andy; on a meta-level, the children (and parents) who grew up with the original Toy Story are grown up and leaving behind their childhoods (or seeing their children go). Watching this film at any college ever is a sure Tear Jerker.
  • Eureka Moment: When the toys are in the trash bag, Mr. Potato Head says "What's the point?" Buzz sees Rex's tail poking the bag and says "Point... point... point!" and realizes they can use Rex's tail to puncture the bag.
  • Even Bad Men Love Their Mamas: Big Baby regards his previous owner Daisy as his mom. You really shouldn't have broken that tag, Lotso...
  • Everyone Can See It: Buzz and Jessie. Well, everybody can see Buzz likes her. He even admits it twice. Too bad he is in demo and Spanish mode at the times.
  • Everyone Owns A Mac: There's an iMac at Bonnie's house. Andy owns a laptop that looks like a Titanium iBook. And his sister has an iPod nano. For Pixar being the only studio in the world where this trope is truly justified, they actually avert it with the computer at Sunnyside running Windows XP.
  • Everything Makes a Mushroom: The "Death By Monkeys" bomb set off by "Evil Dr. Porkchop" in Andy's playtime imagination in the beginning.
  • Everything's Better with Monkeys: Hilariously subverted with the cameo of the barrel of monkeys in the opening, horrifyingly subverted with the monkey toy from Sunnyside.
  • Everything's Better with Sparkles: Barbie and Ken and also Stretch the octopus.
  • Everything Sounds Sexier in Spanish
  • Evil Cannot Comprehend Good: Lotso cannot fathom Ken's loyalty to Barbie or Woody and Buzz's loyalty to their friends after the latter declined Lotso's offer to join the Butterfly Room without his friends.
  • Evil Counterpart: Lotso's resentment over being replaced and his extremely possessive feelings toward his owner (if he can't have her, no one can), mirror Woody's character arc in the first movie. Like Woody, he also becomes a leader of a "family" of toys, only kept in line through threats and bullying instead of friendship and love. Whereas Woody decides he wants what's best for Andy, Lotso has grown to hate children for their constant destruction and abandonment of toys. Like Woody, he also faced the prospect of being replaced (Lotso with a replacement Lotso, Woody with Buzz), but where Woody eventually found an accord with Buzz, Lotso sank into bitterness and maliciously took his rejection out on the world around him.
  • Eye Spy: Mrs. Potato Head is missing one of her eyes for most of the movie. However, whenever she covers up her one eye she can see plot-important events from her missing eye's location such as Andy getting upset with his mom for throwing the toys away, since he meant to put them in the attic instead, contrary to what all the toys except Woody believe.
  • Face Death with Dignity: Andy's toys when they're approaching to the melting zone of the trash machine. They survive.
  • Face-Heel Turn: After Buzz refuses to join Lotso's gang due to Lotso not allowing his friends out of the Caterpillar Room, Lotso still believes that he will be useful to him, and has his thugs reset him to Demo Mode, causing him to believe that he is once again a space ranger rather than a toy. He then proceeds to tell him that his former friends are in cahoots with Emperor Zurg and that they should thus be locked away. He gets better, though he's reverted to Spanish Mode.
  • Face Palm: Andy.
  • Fake-Out Opening
  • False Utopia: Sunnyside.
  • The Farmer and the Viper: For a moment, it looked like saving Lotso would pay off. No such luck.
  • Fate Worse Than Death: Lotso ends up crucified to the front of a dumpster truck working the landfill, implying he will be stuck that way for the rest of his existence. Even if he frees himself, he's still in that landfill with no way of getting back to 'his' daycare.
  • Faux Affably Evil: Lotso. He may act affable at first, but it's really just a front to get you to trust him. He's agreeable enough when you're on his good side. Disagree with him, however, and he smirks as he has you set to Demo Mode or sends said Demo-Mode'd buddy to lock you up.
  • Femme Fatale Spy: Barbie.
  • First Toy Wins: The first toy we see Andy playing with at the start of the first film was Woody. Guess which toy is the only one Andy decides he's going to take to college with him. Subverted at the end; when Andy sees how much Bonnie loves Woody, he lets her keep him.
  • Five-Bad Band:
  • Foreshadowing: When we first see Lotso, he's riding in the back of a toy dump truck — and he's seen doing this several more times in the film. He later causes the toys to get trapped inside a dump truck during the climax. His ultimate fate is to be tied to the front of a dump truck for the rest of his days.
    • Buzz says to one of the toys "Buzz Lightyear at your service" as a greeting. Guess what happens later?
    • "Death by monkeys?"
    • In the playtime scene, Buzz, Woody and Jessie being trapped and closing their eyes for the inevitable end.
    • Stinky Pete had warned and raved that if they continued on with Andy, the toys might end up at the landfill... Like that'll ever happen!
    • At the poker night, the veteran toys predict the new toys (Andy's) are headed for the "landfill", and are "toddler fodder". Obviously the former proved correct, and you could interpret the latter as the toys eventually joining Bonnie.
    • Chatter Telephone's first appearance is when he bumps on Woody's legs several times, trying to talk to him (realizing Woody is the Only Sane Man among the group of Andy's toys). But he cannot talk to Woody directly because Lotso was there (and he does glance at Lotso in this scene).
  • Freeze-Frame Bonus: The usual A113 reference is on the license plate of Andy's mom's car, a Continuity Nod from the first movie. For others, see Call Back.
  • Freudian Excuse: Lotso was lost and replaced by his original owner. When he discovered this, it made him believe that he hadn't been special to her and that the love between him and her hadn't been real. Thus (in his mind), all the love between kids and their toys isn't real. To him love is for suckers because for toys it eventually leads to abandonment and being thrown away.
  • Furry Confusion: Buttercup talks and Bullseye doesn't? Lee Unkrich acknowledged this on his Twitter account, saying "Goofy can talk, but Pluto cannot. Discuss."
  • Genius Ditz: Aside from her various awesomeness, Barbie gives a rather verbose and sophisticated critique of dictatorships, which weirds everyone else out. People might be forgetting that there's been a few President Barbie dolls over the years, so she'd know political science topics.
  • Getting Crap Past the Radar: See here.
  • A God Am I: In the first movie the aliens all worshiped the claw. By the third movie, they control the claw. And have become their own god, which is only fitting. See Deus ex Machina above.
  • Golem: Chunk.
  • Gone Horribly Right: Once they get to the day care center, the toys DO get to be played with again. By very... very... "special" children.
  • Goofy Print Underwear: Ken wears boxers with little hearts on them.
  • Gosh Dang It to Heck!: "What the heck?"
  • Gratuitous Spanish: After Buzz's reset button is hit, he turns into a flamenco dancing version of his Space Ranger Persona. ¡Buzz Lightyear al rescate!
  • Gray Rain of Depression: The moment Lotso discovers Daisy has replaced him it starts to rain.
  • Great Escape: The entire plot. The movie (not counting the credits) is about 90 minutes long. The escape scene itself takes up 30 minutes. One of the posters for the movie included the tag line, "The Break-Out Comedy of the Year". In Italy, its subtitle is "The Great Escape".
  • Green-Eyed Monster: Spanish-mode Buzz, after seeing Jessie hug Woody, becomes pretty jealous of him, and tries (successfully) to one-up him later. Immediately followed by a great aversion. Having been so thoroughly upstaged, Woody cheers on his buddy's awesome stunt, showing just how far he's come from the jealously insecure toy of the first movie.
  • Growing with the Audience:
    • The series has been growing with its initial audience through out the entire trilogy, most notable here where main-character Andy is set to go to college. No points for anyone who can guess where most of the original Toy Story fans are or getting ready to go to.
    • The Toy Story movies are also aimed as much at the parents of the kids in the audience as the kids themselves. The stories are told from the viewpoint of the toys that are being left not from the viewpoint of the kid who is leaving them. And that viewpoint is closer to what a parent experiences as their child grows up, develops interests outside the family, and eventually leaves home.
  • Grumpy Bear: Taken to the extreme with Lotso, although he hides it behind a pleasant facade.
  • The Guards Must Be Crazy/Talking Your Way Out: Barbie and Ken prove the need for the Evil Overlord List's warning to never have captives of one sex guarded by members of the opposite sex. That rule and this trope are averted by Demo Mode Buzz, who, though placed in charge of guarding Jessie, refuses to listen to her pleas of "Buzz, we're your friends" and tells her that he will not be swayed by her "bewitching good looks."
  • Handshake Refusal: Woody refused to shake hands with Buzz as he was leaving Sunnyside.
  • Hannibal Lecture: Lotso gives one in the middle of a Villainous Breakdown. It comes with a Shut Up, Hannibal!.
  • Happier Home Movie: The beginning of the film presents us with a non-death yet nostalgically reminiscent of the events after Toy Story 2.
  • Happily Married:
  • Heel-Face Turn/Love Redeems: Ken. And Big Baby. Lotso subverts it; while he pleads for help and plays nice while the heat is on, at the decisive moment he abandons his saviors and escapes.
  • He Is All Grown Up: Andy. Also in his cameo, Sid.
  • Held Gaze: One happens between Buzz and Woody after Woody is climbing back up through the trash and sees the others holding each other to give one another strength. Buzz meets his eyes and then extends his hand and then they hold the scene for a moment before Woody reaches out to grasp Buzz's hand and join the others.
  • Hey, Wait!: When Barbie masquerades as Ken (in his face-obscuring "Mission to Mars" spacesuit) to get back Buzz's instruction manual, the Bookworm notices her high heels as she turns away... then rolls his eyes and sighs at "Ken's" effeminate fashion sense.
  • Hidden Depths: Barbie, she has them. Yes, this Barbie.
  • Hope Spot: The toys are on the Conveyor Belt of Doom, when Rex spots a light in the tunnel.
  • Humans Are Cthulhu: The kids on Caterpillar Room. Or did everyone miss one of them trying to swallow Buzz, while the others treated the rest just like the Eldritch Abominations in Lovecraft's stories treat humanity?! The only thing needed to turn Toy Story 3 into Lovecraft-Kids Version was them going mad from the revelation. Cue to Lotso resetting Buzz to his first film persona and making him his puppet.
  • Hypocritical Humor: Chunk's remark that Buzz "ain't the sharpest knife in the... place where... they keep the knives."
    • One of the other toys immediately calls him out on this. "Neither are you."
    • Taken Up to Eleven when Hamm is playing Lotso's Theme while he's in jail with the others, when Buzz tells him to be quiet.
  • "I Know What We Can Do" Cut: Happens when Buzz wants to talk to Lotso about moving to Butterfly Room, but all doors and windows in the Caterpillar Room are seemingly locked.
    Mrs. Potato Head: "We're trapped!"
    Buzz: "Wait, doesn't anyone notice the upper window?"
    (cut to Buzz, with the help of Andy's other toys, using catapult-car-like toy to toss him to the window above the door.)
  • If I Can't Have You: Woody says this almost word-for-word as a Shut Up, Hannibal!:
    Lotso: She replaced us!
    Woody: She replaced you! And if you couldn't have her, no one could!
  • Implicit Prison: Sunnyside Daycare, in that toys donated there are locked up, required to stay, and security is tight to deter inmates from escaping.
  • Intergenerational Friendship: Andy and Bonnie.
  • Involuntary Dance: Jessie pulls this on Buzz in the credits.
  • It Has Been an Honor:
    • Sarge says this at the beginning of the movie before left Andy's house.
    • Buzz tries to do this by shake hands with Woody before Woody left Sunnyside for the first time. Woody refuses him.
  • Ironic Hell: "Face it, we're just trash", Lotso says at one point — and his ultimate fate is to spend his remaining days tied to the grill of a garbage truck.
  • It Is Pronounced Yid-NAY: When Woody shows the bottom of his boot to Bonnie's toys, he shows Andy's name upside down, resulting in this exchange:
    Buttercup: Who's "Yid-nuh?"
    Mr. Pricklepants: I believe it's pronounced "Yid-NAY."
    Dolly: Guys, it says "Andy."
  • It's All Junk: Andy putting his toys in the attic.
  • I Want Grandkids: Keeping with the toys-as-parents metaphor, Woody is initially optimistic about waiting in the attic until "someday, if we're lucky, Andy may have kids of his own."
  • Jerkass: Lotso is a Jerk with a Heart of Jerk and takes this trope Up to Eleven.
  • Jump Scare: Woody causes a particularly traumatizing one when he tries to swing over behind the monkey.
  • Kick the Dog: Lotso's henchmen are shocked when he shoves Big Baby in the stomach during his Motive Rant.
  • Kite Riding: Woody gets out of Sunnyside Daycare by riding a kite.
  • Kubrick Stare: In the commentary, Lee Unkrich describes using this expression for Buzz while in demo mode to indicate that this particular trip to Delusion-ville would have a darker turn.
  • Latin Lover: Buzz Lightyear's Spanish mode. In the Spanish dub of the movie, he literally speaks with a Spanish (Spain) accent. And in the Spain dub, he speaks with a heavy Andalusian accent.
  • Left for Dead: After Lotso is saved by Woody and Buzz, he rewards them by leaving them to die at an incinerator instead of saving them by shutting off the conveyer belt.
  • Left the Background Music On: After the toys are locked in jail, the harmonica in the background turns out to be Hamm playing.
  • Light Is Not Good:
    • A light at the end of the tunnel at the dumping site. It turns out to be a Hellfire.
    • When we first see the Caterpillar Room, it looks warm and inviting, especially with sunlight streaming in through the window.
  • Living Emotional Crutch: Daisy might have been this to Lotso, seeing how badly he handled being replaced by her.
  • The Load: One could interpret the Squeeze Toy Aliens in this role, as they exist either as superlatives or hindrances to the toys escaping from Sunnyside. From almost alerting Big Baby to getting stuck in the dumpster and (indirectly) causing the toys to get sent to the dump. Inverted in the incinerator scene, in which the Aliens save all of the toys via the claw.
  • Loads and Loads of Characters: The poster seen at the top of the page, as well as the Toy Story website (character profiles), shows this.
  • Lost in Translation: Nice asssss...cot. The French dub skirts around this by making Barbie say "Quel petit curieux!" (basically, "Curious, aren't you?") and linger on the first syllable so that it sounds like "Quel petit cul" (complimenting him on his small/firm buttocks).
  • Love at First Sight: Ken and Barbie, though this is subverted when Barbie realizes that Ken has been mistreating other toys. Spanish Buzz with regard to Jessie.
  • Love Makes You Evil: Lotso's backstory.
  • Love Redeems: Played with for Buzz: Buzz rejoins the team because of being physically reset by Rex. However, Ken's love for Barbie was key to getting the instruction manual. Buzz did eventually get back to his regular self through his love for Jessie: the television hit Buzz, giving him reverse amnesia, because he was more worried about Jessie's safety than his own.
  • Madden Into Misanthropy: Three guesses who.
  • Manly Tears: You must have a heart of steel NOT to cry leaving the movie theater.
  • Melancholy Moon: Both Big Baby and Chuckles gaze sadly at the moon. Fitting considering they lost the same owner.
  • The Mentor: Dolly of Bonnie's toys.
  • Missing Trailer Scene: Compared to the Oct. 2009 trailer, a few lines were re-spoken in the final film, and Spanish Buzz doesn't spin around and jump immediately after pressing a button to make his voice box say a line. A few shots were done in different angles as well.
  • Mood Whiplash: Perhaps the first Toy Story 3 trailer uses this. It starts out sentimental, the middle is semi-serious, and then it ends with humor.
    • In a trailer, how a very heartfelt scene where Andy is praising Woody is suddenly cut short with Woody hearing a threatening voice from a telephone.
    • In the movie, the toys have joined hands, accepting that they are about to die a terrible, painful death, burning alive in a fiery pit, and then the claw saves them.
    • This scene really takes the cake for this trope: Any time where a scene from Bonnie's playtime is interspersed from scenes with the daycare. Examples: The Toys being utterly destroyed while Woody is having a nice tea time with Bonnie; Bonnie asleep and Woody looks up Andy's address while Buzz is being Demo-moded. Jeez, are we supposed to be heartfelt or seriously freaked out?
    • Happens unintentionally when Woody meets Chuckles. The mood was serious and sombre (Woody finding out his friends are living in a nightmare), and then the audience saw this morose little clown sitting on the windowsill and everybody cracked up. During Chuckles' flashback:
      Lotso: She replaced us.
      Chuckles: No, she just replaced you.
    • The ending is kind of like this. It's very much a Bittersweet Ending, followed by a breather in the thankfully very cheerful closing credits.
  • Motive Rant: Lotso gets one just before he throws the toys into the dumpster.
  • Murder by Cremation: Lotso abandons the toys after he no longer needs them to escape from the dump.
  • Musical Nod: During the scene leading up to the incinerator, one of the themes from Monsters, Inc. is heard.
  • Musical Spoiler: And as the years go by / Our friendship will never die... Although at the point where that line is emphasized (The end of the prologue) it seems more like a tragic irony, contrasting youthful idealism with the onset of adulthood, one of the film's main themes.
  • Mythology Gag: The LGMs are portrayed as One-Eyed Bart's (and his wife One-Eyed Betty) accomplices during Andy's playtime.
  • A Nazi by Any Other Name: The toys that are working with Lotso at Sunnyside Daycare. Bonnie's toys treat Sunnyside as a sort of concentration camp. Lotso himself is fairly similar to Josef Stalin.
  • Never Trust a Trailer: Most of the trailers and TV spots heavily imply that Buzz gets broken while trying to escape from hitting a window or wall too hard. Never happened. That was a shot of him getting used as a hammer on a wooden hammer-peg playset thrown WAY out of context.
    • A trailer implied that the telephone toy was one of the baddies. And the whole Andy's toy fantasy at the beginning of the flick looked like it would be the climax of the flick.
    • One of the trailers, in fact, shows Buzz attacking the bridge followed by Woody and the train falling into the canyon. Coupled with Rex emerging from the ground and Woody being pursued by plastic monkeys (both present in most trailers), it looks like Woody's having a nightmare where every other toy is trying to kill him.
  • Nietzsche Wannabe: Lotso comes off as a bit of one when saying how toys "are all just trash" in his Motive Rant.
  • Ninja Pirate Train Robber: Mrs. Potato Head
  • Non-Ironic Clown: Chuckles the clown doll, who shared the same former owner as Lotso Bear and Big Baby, turns out to be the only one of the three toys not to turn villainous from the incident of being accidentally abandoned by their former owner. In a flashback he even tries to console Lotso Bear, but Lotso bear ignores him and turns evil. In the present, Chuckles is a Stoic Woobie despite being one of Bonnie's beloved toys. But by the end credits, he begins to smile again.
  • Non-Standard Character Design: The toys have a lot of variety in their looks, but Ken and Barbie are noticeably less cartoonish than most of them.
  • Not So Different: Lotso's devotion to Daisy and his determination to get himself, Big Baby, and Chuckles back to her (as revealed in the flashback) is certainly reminiscent of Woody's love for Andy and his determination to get back home in all three movies. Additionally, Lotso at the beginning comes off as a benevolent ruler of Sunnyside much in the way that Woody is the leader of all of Andy's toys. Lotso is Woody gone bad. Not stated directly in the movie but Lee Unkrich points this out in the DVD commentary.
  • Oh, Crap: Buzz, before the first day at Sunnyside. His face stays the same, determined smile like the hero he is a toy of ... but he pops his helmet closed.
  • The Old Convict: Chatter Telephone has been at Sunnyside Daycare Center even before Lotso Bear took it over. To help Woody and his friends escape the daycare center, Chatter Telephone detailedly describes the layout of the daycare center and warns Woody that the only way for a toy to escape is to neutralize the Cymbal Monkey's surveillance system.
  • Oscar Bait: Pixar has decided to aim for a Best Picture nom, which includes running an ad campaign that make homages to previous winners e.g. Lotso as The Godfather and Woody as Forrest Gump. Which, in the latter case, is a HUGE case of Actor Allusion.
  • Our Hero Is Dead: Woody loses his hat during his escape, which is taken to the trapped toys as a threat. Jessie and Bullseye have a split-second tear-jerking moment.
  • Outdated Outfit: Ken has a roomful of them, dating from the late 50s to the early 80s.
  • Out of the Frying Pan: In the dump, when they wind up on the conveyor, the toys escape from the shredder... only to wind up in the incinerator.
  • Palantir Ploy: Let's just say Lex Luthor should have hired whoever installed Sunnyside Daycare's surveillance system.
  • Pan Up To The Sky Ending: An epic storybook ending, really.
  • Percussive Maintenance: It takes a TV falling on top of Buzz to get him returned to his normal self. Also counts as Easy Amnesia.
  • Perspective Reversal: Earlier on, Woody and Buzz try to encourage the rest of the toys to get ready to go into the attic. Towards the end of the movie, Woody is more skeptical of the attic idea, while the rest of the toys are more open to it; though Buzz's attitude seems relatively unchanged. As things turn out, none of them end up in the attic anyway.
  • The Power of Love: The scene where Spanish Buzz saved Jessie from the garbage, got hit with the TV, and reverted to being normal Buzz by Jessie pulling him to the side of the truck and crying in his chest.
  • Prison Episode: Toy Story 3 itself, or at least a significant portion of it, has this with Sunnyside being portrayed as essentially a prison. Bonus points for the shock value of having a prison episode in a G-rated Pixar series.
  • Punch Clock Villain: Lotso's minions are mainly following his orders because they're scared of him and the fact he told them that they were all going to be thrown away by their owners sooner or later. Once Lotso is deposed from Sunnyside, they perform a mass Heel-Face Turn.
  • Punishment Box: The sandbox at Sunnyside, which Lotso uses on Mr. Potatohead once he disrespects him. Modeled after the box in Cool Hand Luke.
  • Put on a Bus: It's established that Bo Peep, Wheezy, Lenny, RC, and many of Andy's other childhood toys have been sold or given away. This is an interesting variation of the trope in that it would be very hard for any of them to ever come back.
  • Record Needle Scratch: Ken and Barbie are just meeting each other. "Dream Weaver" is playing, and then Lotso comes in [insert scratch] and says "Come on, Ken. Recess don't last forever."
  • Reluctant Gift: At the end of the movie, Andy is giving away his toys to Bonnie, introducing each and handing them to her. But when he gets to Woody, he grows hesitant and even pulls him back from her outreached hands. He does finally give it to her.
  • Redemption Demotion: Inverted with Buzz, who once reset to Demo Mode serves Lotso well when locking away Andy's toys.
  • Reset Button:
    • Woody and the gang make it back to Andy's house with no toy left behind.
    • Played figuratively and literally with Buzz Lightyear, even though it's a falling television rather than his reset button that restores his memory.
  • Romantic False Lead: Spanish Buzz briefly viewed Woody as this when he sees Jessie hugging him.
  • Sad Clown: Chuckles.
  • Sadistic Choice: In the opening with Sheriff Woody and One-Eyed Bart (Mr. Potato Head). One-Eyed Bart sets off some dynamite. "It's me or the kiddies, sheriff. Take your pick."
  • Save the Villain: The toys invoke this, but it doesn't go over too well.
  • Scary Librarian: Bookworm
  • Scenery Gorn: The dump, the conveyor belt and finally the incinerator.
  • Screw This, I'm Outta Here!: The last three Army Men (including Sarge) leave Andy's room in a hurry, knowing their fate will inevitably be the garbage. They end up at Sunnyside Daycare instead.
  • Security Cling: Done wordlessly as the toys all slowly fall toward certain doom. In the face of annihilation, they don't scream or shout, they just hold each other.
  • Series Fauxnale: Toy Story 4 was announced on November 6, 2014, even though this film made it seem like the conclusion of the franchise.
  • Shoo Out the Clowns:
    • The Little Green Men being taken out (and apparently killed) early in the dump sequence. When they return, they save the day and things get much lighter and fluffier.
    • Also done with Barbie, when Ken keeps her from joining the others on the garbage truck.
  • Shout-Out:
    • Bonnie has a Totoro doll.
    • Bonnie wearing a tutu at the end references the original Brave Little Toaster where the appliances are adopted by a Ballerina at the end of the story.
    • The bee on Bonnie's backpack is Wally B. from the very first Pixar short, "The Adventures of Andre and Wally B."
    • The scene where brainwashed and re-programmed Buzz is bossing around all the toys being held captive at Sunnyside Daycare is a clear reference to Cool Hand Luke. The film has a scene where any infraction (losing a spoon, wearing dirty pants, messing up laundry cycle) is punished with "A night in the box." The toys meet the same fate, except in this case "the box" is filled with sand. Befitting for a Great Escape movie.
    • Big Baby threw Lotso into the dumpster in a similar way to how Darth Vader killed Palpatine. Interestingly, in the Brazilian dub, Lotso's voice actor is the same as Vader's.
    • Woody being dragged into the dumpster by Lotso is a shout-out to Hudson's death in Aliens.
    • Much of the film takes its inspiration from The Brave Little Toaster, which had many future Pixar employees working on it, including John Lasseter, Joe Ranft, and others. It even had the usual A113 moniker in it.
    • Mr. Potato Head: "And I would've gotten away with it, too, if it weren't for you meddling toys!"
    • The Cymbal-Banging Monkey, is based off of the Stephen King story "The Monkey".
    • Barbie and Ken's outfits during the dance sequence at the end is a reference to Saturday Night Fever.
    • When Mr. Potato Head was first invented, he was, indeed, just a set of eyeballs and hands and things that kids could stick into real vegetables. The company introduced the plastic potato a few decades later when parents became worried that the poles needed to stick into a real potato were too pointy and sharp.
    • Lotso Huggin' Bear himself is a Shout-Out. Between the name, nature, appearance, and the Viral Commercial for the toy, he's obviously meant to be one of the Care Bears gone horribly, horribly wrong. And he's paraphrasing a quote from The Bridge on the River Kwai.
    • Also from the opening sequence, Rex's roar is taken straight out of Jurassic Park. A natural move, considering his appearance on the car's mirror during a scene in Al's Toy Barn from the previous film.
    • The scene where Barbie and Ken see each other for the first time, and the song Dream Weaver is playing is highly reminiscent of the scene where Wayne sees Cassandra for the first time in Wayne's World.
  • Shown Their Work:
    • All of Ken's outfits are actual outfits released for the doll over the years.
    • Buzz and Jessie's paso doble over the end credits was choreographed by Dancing with the Stars veterans Tony Dovolani and Cheryl Burke.
  • Shrinking Violet: Bonnie. Her toys and later Andy are the only people she opens up to.
  • Shut Up, Hannibal!: Woody gives Lotso pointing out how he's motivated partially by selfishness.
  • Sickeningly Sweethearts: Ken and Barbie ("I..." "...love..." "...you!" "See? That time I said love!")
  • Silence, You Fool!: Demo Mode Buzz says this to Jessie when he captured the toys.
  • Smarter Than You Look:
    • The Squeeze Toy Aliens. For all their times yelling "Ooohh!!!" and "The Claw" it turns out they are actually fairly intelligent. Not only can they learn how to operate heavy machinery within a matter of minutes, find and locate a small group of toys within a trash compound, but they actually do know that the "Claw" has to be manually controlled and is not self-choosing.
    • Also Barbie — political philosophy out of nowhere.
  • The Sociopath: Lotso.
  • So Long, Suckers!: Lotso pulls this on Woody and the others when he refuses to save them after they saved him, and instead leaves them for dead at the incinerator and shouts, "Where's your kid now, Sheriff?!"
  • Split Personality: Buzz's "Spanish Mode", activated by pressing a reset button hidden in his back for more than five seconds, could be an example of this.
  • Start of Darkness: Chuckles the Clown's flashback segment outlines exactly why Lotso turns out to be the cruel despot of Sunnyside. It doesn't nearly excuse his actions though.
  • Stealth Pun:
    • The preschooler believed to be Boo is playing with a blue "Kitty."
    • The aliens rescue the toys from the incinerator with the crane, an example of a Deus ex Machina. The actual term means "god out of a machine", and the aliens believe "the Claw" to be their god.
  • Stepford Smiler:
    • Lotso bear turns out to be Type C, as he is the film's villain.
    • Chatter Telephone. His "mouth" sticker is in a constant smile, despite the fact that he is shown to be a very depressed toy.
  • The Stool Pigeon: Chatter Telephone is of the Lacerated Larry type: he truly did want Andy's toys to escape. Lotso and his mob just ruthlessly beat the information out of him.
  • Suddenly Shouting: "He was putting you IN THE ATTIC!"
  • Suspiciously Specific Denial: Brainwashed Buzz is immune to Jessie's "bewitching good looks."
  • Team Parents: Barbie and Ken to the toys of Sunnyside in the epilogue.
  • Tertiary Sexual Characteristics: Subverted by Buttercup, who by all appearances should be female, but Jeff Garlin's voice is about as masculine as you can get.
  • Third Is 3D
  • This Is Gonna Suck: A nonverbal instance of this, started when the toys in the Caterpillar Room hide when recess ends, but cemented when Buzz flips his helmet up as the kids burst into the room.
  • This Is no Time to Panic: Could also be seen as a Call Back to the first film.
    Buzz: Hold on. This is no time to be hysterical.
    Mr. Potato Head: This is the perfect time to be hysterical.
    Rex: (hysterically) Should we be HYSTERICAL?!?
    Slinky: No!
    Mr. Potato Head: Yes!
    Buzz: Maybe! But not right now!
  • ¡Three Amigos!: Woody, Jessie and Buzz in young Andy's playtime imagination.
    Spanish Buzz: ¿Que vá alli? ¿AMIGOS? ¿O ENEMIGOS?
    Woody: Uh, Amigos! We're all amigos!
  • Time Skip: Essentially. Andy is still a boy in Toy Story 2 (maybe an early "tween", but that's it) and a young man about to depart for college in the third. Meant to reflect the long distance of time between 3 and its predecessors.
  • Together in Death: Expected in-universe but narrowly averted.
    "The most important thing is that we stick together. No matter what happens, we stick together."
  • Too Dumb to Live: The LGMs are dumped in a landfill and the first thing they do is run towards what looks like the claw. Immediately they get swept up with the garbage. Then subverted when they turn up later in the incinerator scene, none the worse for wear.
  • Town with a Dark Secret: Sunnyside is a Daycare Center with a Dark Secret (the Caterpillar room).
  • Trailers Always Spoil
    • If Buzz's Spanish mode really was supposed to be a comedic twist, it was sure spoiled well ahead of time in many of the previews.
    • One TV spot even showed a clip of the epilogue, loosely spoiling the fact that the toys (or at least Buzz and Jessie) don't die in the incinerator. That scene of their brief dance together during the escape sequence, instead, likely would've worked just fine.
    • On the Disney channel's trailer for the premier of the movie on their channel they show Lotso being evil by removing Mrs. Potato's mouth.
  • Translated Cover Version: The movie ends with the Gipsy Kings performing a Spanish-language cover of "You've Got a Friend in Me".
  • True Companions:
    • Buzz refuses to join Lotso and the older toys in the more pleasant Butterfly Room if the rest of his friends can't join him... though, less heartwarmingly, Lotso and the other toys just pop open Buzz's battery case and reset him so that he'll be their enforcer instead instead. Buzz even says that he and the rest of Andy's toys are "a family."
    • At the end of the film Woody decides not to go to college with Andy; he decides to join his friends with Bonnie as their new owner instead.
  • Two Girls to a Team: Jessie and Mrs. Potato Head among Andy's (and later Bonnie's) toys.
  • Underside Ride: During Woody's first escape from the Sunnyside daycare center, he crosses floors by riding underneath the janitor's trolley.
  • Ungrateful Bastard: Lotso.
  • Used to Be a Sweet Toy: Lotso, according to Chuckles.
  • Villainous Breakdown: Lotso is cheerfully calm until Woody mentions Daisy, Lotso's previous owner. After that, he slowly becomes less charming and more furious, to the point where he rants that children and toys are incapable of loving each other, until he goes too far and pushes Big Baby's Berserk Button.
  • The Voiceless: Totoro can make growls and roaring sounds in his original appearance, but he's completely silent in this movie.
  • We Can Rule Together: To Buzz and, to a lesser extent, Barbie. To their credit, the bad guys make an effort to be as nice as possible while doing this. You don't even realize that Lotso is a villain until Buzz rejects his offer.
  • Wham Line
    • When Slink reveals that all the other toys are gone.
    • Two more in rapid succession: "I don't think that's daylight..." and "Where's your kid now, Sheriff?!"
    • Earlier: "Ah, a family man, I understand. Put him back in the timeout chair."
  • Whip It Good: Woody in the intro.
  • Wimp Fight: Between Hamm and Rex during the escape plan. Understandable since only one of them actually has arms.
  • Women Prefer Strong Men: Played for laughs when Mrs. Potato head meets Twitch.
  • Would Hurt a Child: To show how horrible is Lotso, he shoves Big Baby (a toy, mentally a baby) in the stomach during his Motive Rant.
  • You Wouldn't Believe Me If I Told You: When Mr. Potato Head walks up to the group with a cucumber for a body.
    Mr. Potato Head: You would not believe what I've been through tonight!

Whatever happens, we'll always be together.
For infinity and beyond.
Woody and Buzz.