Western Animation / Toy Story 3

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"So long... partner."
Woody

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,note  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. Toy Story 3 also has the honor of being the third animated film to be nominated for Best Picture at the Academy Awards, after Beauty and the Beast and Pixar predecessor film Up.

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."
  • Absence Makes the Heart Go Yonder: When Lotso returned to Daisy, he discovers that she had replaced him with an identical toy in the meantime. Justified trope, as there was no way that Daisy could have expected Lotso to return home by himself.
  • 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.
  • Affectionate Gesture to the Head: Bonnie's mother gently strokes her daughter's hair before she steps up to Andy to accept his toys.
  • Affirmative Action Girl: This installment gives Mrs. Potato Head a larger role, and also adds Barbie, though Bo Peep was actually cut entirely. In Barbie's case, it was also the fact that the movies had permission to use the character for the first time. Originally, Bo Peep (the aforementioned only female character in the first movie) was supposed to be a Barbie, but Mattel refused. It wasn't until they saw how the movies caused sales of Mr. Potato Head toys to spike that they agreed.
  • After Action, Villain Analysis: Chuckles the Clown does this to explain Lotso's turn to evil.
  • 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, incidentally, a retelling of the first two movies' opening sequences blended together) and the ludicrous nature of it is clearly powered by his sense of Rule of Cool.
  • And I Must Scream: Lotso ends up crucified on the front grille of a garbage truck. Driven home by the comment of one of the other toys on the grille: "Hey, buddy. You might wanna keep your mouth shut."
  • And the Adventure Continues: When Andy leaves his toys in the care of their new kid Bonnie.
  • Ankle Drag: Lotso catches Woody's ankle and pulls him into the garbage container at Sunnyside.
  • Answer Cut: On at least three occasions.
    • When Andy's toys are trapped in the Caterpillar room and Buzz points up to the transom, Rex asks: Oh, great. How do we get up there? Cut to the next scene where they have built a Rube Goldberg Device.
    • As a Tempting Fate, when Lotso orders Andy's toys to stay at Sunnyside and Jessie asks who is gonna stop them from leaving. Cue brainwashed Buzz Emerging from the Shadows.
    • After the climax, when the group of toys want to get back to Andy's place, Rex concludes "We'll never get there in time". Then the camera pans over to a shot of the garbage truck.
  • Anything but That!: When Barbie interrogates Ken in order to rescue a Brainwashed and Crazy Buzz, Ken breaks when she starts tearing his favorite dress.
    Ken: Not the Nehru jacket!
  • 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!"
  • Attack of the 50-Foot Whatever: During the Happier Home Movie, we see Andy's little sister stumbling into his room. He immediately spins a story around this situation and calls Molly a "50-foot baby from outer space on a rampage".
  • Bathroom Break-Out: Woody breaks out of the daycare center through a bathroom window.
  • 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: Barbie is really friendly and easy going, but do not threaten her friends if you know what's good for you.
  • Big Bad: Lotso. The ringleader of a daycare dictatorship, he breaks, brainwashes, and tries to have Woody and his friends thrown away in the course of the movie, ultimately leaving Woody and co. to burn in the garbage dump's incinerator even though they saved his life a minute earlier.
  • 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:
    • Buzz, catching the train from crashing down the canyon in the Fake Action Prologue.
    • "The claaaawww!" When all is lost, the Little Green Men show up and fish Woody and the gang out of the incinerator.
  • Big "NO!":
    • Jessie, upon seeing Woody crashing down with the train in the Fake Action Prologue.
    • Buzz, when he is captured by the baddies and again when he being switched to Demo mode.
    • Barbie, when she sees the other toys being carried away inside the garbage truck.
    • Woody, when they fall down the Conveyor Belt of Doom straight towards the furnace.
  • Big Red Button: Several big red push buttons can be seen during the Fake Action Prologue. One on Mr. Potato Head's remote control that he presses to blow up the bridge. Two more are seen on the bridge of Evil Dr. Pork-Chop's airship, one for releasing the monkeys and another one for a death canon.
  • Big Word Shout: Woody yells "RUN!" when he and the toys realize they are heading for the incinerator.
  • Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: Lotso. Despite his caring facade, he harbors a very deep hatred for any new toys venturing into Sunnyside.
  • 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.
  • Bodyguard Betrayal: Lotso's bodyguard Big Baby pulls a Heel–Face Turn on him and disposed him in the dumpster.
  • Bolero Effect: Used in the music of the incinerator scene.
  • Bookends: 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?
  • Bringing Running Shoes to a Car Chase: Woody attempts to chase after a train on foot at the beginning. It works as well as one would expect a toy cowboy to. He's not truly able to catch up to the train until he gets access to Barbie's car.
  • British Stuffiness: Mr. Pricklepants, who even quotes Shakespeare.
  • Bus Full of Innocents: Parodied in the opening sequence, where Mr. Potato Head gives Woody a choice between catching him and saving a trainful of 'orphans' (Troll dolls with their heads sticking out the train windows).
  • 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 B.S.O.D..
      • 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 theme from when he was "falling with style" in Andy's room near the beginning 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, 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."
  • Captain Morgan Pose: Woody in the Fake Action Prologue, placing his foot triumphantly on Mr. Potato Head.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Central Theme: Moving on and accepting change.
  • Character Outlives Actor: Hey Vern!! Slinky Dog was voiced by another actor long after my death, knowhutimean??
  • Chekhov's Boomerang: Bonnie, who first plays a part in rescuing Woody from the daycare center. She then comes back into play at the end of the movie when Andy leaves his toys with her rather than locking them up in the attic.
  • Chekhov's Gag: Toy Story includes the claw-game worshiping Little Green Men, who hold "the claaaaaaaw" in high regard because it will choose and deliver them to a better place. Fast forward to Toy Story 3, near the end when the gigantic crane claw, that saves the toys from the furnace, is being controlled by the Little Green Men adopted by the Potato Heads in Toy Story 2.
  • Chekhov's Gun:
    • Prior to the film's events, Mrs. Potato Head lost one of her eyes, though she can still see through it when she covers her other eye, or when both eyes are removed. Later in the film, when the toys are at Sunnyside Daycare, Mrs. Potato Head sees Andy frantically looking for them through her missing eye, convincing the toys to return home.
    • Bonnie can be seen playing with The Monkey during the first scene showing her in the day care.
    • Big Baby's "Daisy" pendant. Chuckles kept it after Lotso threw it away and Woody revealed it to Big Baby during the escape, causing him to reform.
  • Classically Trained Extra: Mr. Pricklepants, played by none other than Timothy Dalton. He repeatedly shushes Woody and tries to keep as still and quiet as possible even when Bonnie is out of the room, and when the other toys object, he snaps that he's trying to stay in character. He even asks Woody if he was classically trained, in regards to his "performance."
  • Classy Cane: Lotso uses a wooden mallet as a cane.
  • Cliff Stack: Due to a rather hilarious misunderstanding Woody slides down the garbage chute to the escape route, then calls up to the gang, "Come down, but not all at once!". Cue the "What?" "I think he said 'all at once!'".
  • Color-Coded for Your Convenience: Blue is safe (Andy's room, the Butterfly Room, the conveyor belt off switch, the light that shines on the toys when they're rescued from the incinerator), 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 LGMs.
  • Corrupt Hick: Lotso runs Sunnyside with an iron fist.
  • 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.
  • Creator Cameo: The Jack-in-the-Box who yells "new toys!" is voiced by director Lee Unkrich.
  • Creator Thumbprint: Lee Unkrich really likes monkeys. Guess what shows up twice in his directorial debut?
  • Creepy Doll:
  • Cultural Cross-Reference: A Totoro makes an appearance as one of Bonnie's dolls. here.
  • Cute Giant: Lotso and Big Baby are each considerably larger than the most of the other toys in the movie.
  • Cute Is Evil: Lotso.
  • 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.
  • 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: Two separate dance parties in the credits.
    • One is of the Sunnyside daycare toys dancing; it is implied that once they got rid of Lotso, they could all enjoy the place without fear of reprisal from him. In turn, several of the toys, including former minions of Lotso, were having a big dance party, with "We Belong Together" playing. A happy ending indeed.
    • The other is Buzz and Jessie dancing to a Spanish version of "You Got A Friend In Me."
  • The Dandy: Ken is really, really concerned about fashion and clothes.
  • Danger Room Cold Open: The action-packed opening sequence showcases some of the toys' particular abilities.
  • Dark and Troubled Past: A Flashback shows how Lotso turned into damaged goods, emotionally and psychologically scarred by his supposed abandonment.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Dead Hat Shot: During his escape from the daycare center, Woody loses his hat. When the remaining toys discover it, they briefly believe that he has died. It helps that Lotso actively implies it when giving it to them.
  • Death Glare: Barbie gives Ken one when he tells her she can't make him reveal Lotso switched Buzz to Demo mode..
  • 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.
    • However, since the claw was set up earlier in the film and doesn't come out of nowhere, the is a Subverted Trope.
  • 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."
  • Ding-Dong-Ditch Distraction: An interesting variant occurs; the toys are inside the box with Rex clutching Andy's phone, and they cause it to ring so Andy can finally open the toy box again. Andy assumes its his sister, Molly, Prank Calling him.
  • 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 after he breaks the last thing reminding them of their former owner.
  • Down in the Dumps: The movie's third act is fully devoted to this setting.
  • The Dragon: Big Baby. Heel Face Turns in the end.
  • Dramatic Slip: Lotso falls down on the Conveyor Belt-O-Doom when they try to run from the incinerator. It actually enables him to see the stop button.
  • Dramatic Thunder: When Lotso, Chuckles and Big Baby first arrive at Sunnyside during a rainy night, the facility's logo flashes up when a lightning strikes and thunder rolls.
  • 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.
  • Emerging from the Shadows: Buzz emerges from the dark when Jessie rhetorically asks who was to stop them from leaving Sunny-side.
  • 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.
  • Enemy Rising Behind: Parodied by Bonnie when she plays Hide and Seek with Woody in a chest and Dolly is rising up behind her menacingly. Then we see that Bonnie was actually operating that doll herself.
  • 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. On the other hand, for Pixar being the only studio in the world where this trope is truly justified (seeing that Toy Story as a whole—hell, Pixar itself—owes a massive debt to Steve Jobs), 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 French: Or in Spanish. Buzz' Spanish mode makes his invitation to Jessie to join him on his universe-saving exploits sound much more appealing to her.
  • Everything's Squishier with Cephalopods: Stretch, one of Lotso's henchmen, is a stretchy, sparkly octopus toy voiced by Whoopi Goldberg. Not evil, seeing as she abandons Lotso with the others when they learn of his past and see him for what he is.
  • 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.
  • Evil Laugh: Mr. Potato Head towards the end of the opening sequence, when he is about to press the death button and kill the heroes.
  • Eye-Obscuring Hat: Woody, in his Establishing Character Moment during the Fake Action Prologue, approaches villainous Mr. Potato Head with his eyes not showing under his hat.
  • 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 holding hands when they're approaching to the melting zone of the trash machine.
  • 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 when he thinks his mother threw out his toys.
    • Woody when the rest of the toys tell him that Buzz is back in his deluded state.
  • Fake Action Prologue: The movie starts with a Calvinesque Fantasy Sequence that calls back to the playtime scenario in the original Toy Story.
  • Fake-Out Opening: See Fake Action Prologue.
  • False Utopia: Sunnyside. By day, it's a fun little day-care, but at night, it turns into a prison hold.
  • 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. Lampshaded by the Unicorn at Bonnie's place when he talks about Lotso: The guy may seem plush and huggable on the outside, but inside, he's a monster".
  • Femme Fatale Spy: Barbie.
  • Fiery Redhead: Jessie.
  • Fingerless Hands: Dolly has thumbless hands like The Powerpuff Girls, but she has two lines of stitching on each hand that indicate fingers. Justified in that she is a ragdoll.
  • Flashback Effect: The Happy Flashback sequence showing Lotso's backstory with the little girl is overexposed and tinted in yellow color.
  • 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). Two of his later lines to Woody also set up later events: "There's only one way toys leave this place" (the trash chute) and then "Trash truck comes at dawn, then it's off to the dump." The trash chute is what the toys use to get out of Sunnyside, and the climax takes place at the dump.
  • For Want of a Nail:
    • Two moments of note directly tie in to the toys winds up at Sunnyside:
      • Andy deciding to use a trash bag to pack up his toys (except Woody) to put in the attic.
      • Molly having trouble carrying the Sunnyside box, resulting in Andy abandoning the trash bag to help.
    • Had Andy's mom looked in the Sunnyside box when Bonnie's mom opened it, the film (probably) would've been a lot shorter.
  • 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.
    • If you paid close attention it was possible to see that one of the two garbage men is Sid from the first movie.
  • 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.
  • Fun with Homophones: Barbie says to Ken, "Nice ass-cot."
  • 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, though it ends up in a Thwarted Escape. 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.
  • Gross-Up Close-Up: The bit where the little kids are playing rough with the toys and we see a shot of a kid sticking their tongue on Buzz's helmet from Buzz's point of view. Yuck.
  • 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.
  • Hand Signals: Mr. Tortilla-Head uses baseball signals during the escape sequence.
  • 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 Mole: Lotso becomes one at the end, when he refuses to save Woody and his friends from the incinerator.
  • Heel–Face Turn:
  • 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.
    • Between Buzz and Jessie, when he carries her out of the rubble at the dump. They get interrupted by a big TV set crashing down on them.
    • Parodied when this is how Barbie and Ken meet and the music swells and they gaze at each other before Lotso steps in with a Record Needle Scratch.
  • Hello, Nurse!: When Ken meets Molly's Barbie doll for the first time, accompanied by Gary Wright's "Dream Weaver".
  • Help, I'm Stuck!: Employed at least three times.
    • One of the three aliens gets stuck under the hatch of the garbage container when they want to get away from Sunnyside. Woody sees and returns to help. Cue the Ankle Drag by Lotso.
    • Jessie gets stuck between pieces of trash when the toys are in the garbage truck. Buzz comes to save her.
    • Lotso gets stuck under a heavy piece of junk on the Conveyor Belt-O-Doom and cries out for help. Woody and Buzz come to his aid before Lotso could get shredded.
  • Helping Hands: The detached hand of Mr. Potato Head, fetching the tortilla during the breakout.
  • Heroes Want Redheads: Buzz seems to hold a torch for Jessie.
  • Heroic Sacrifice: Buzz finds and rescues Jessie in the junk of the garbage truck. When a television set overhead is about to crush them , Buzz tosses Jessie into safe area and takes the blow. It actually works for him as he returns to being himself afterwards.
  • Hey, Wait!:
    • During Woody's first escape from Sunnyside, as he is about to sneak out of the bathroom window, the camera pans to the janitor looking at the mirror — in which Woody is plainly visible — and commenting in surprise. Woody gasps. Then a Rack Focus reveals a patch of scum on the mirror just big enough to obscure him, as the janitor reaches up to wipe it off. By the time his hand comes down, Woody is already out the window.
    • Subverted 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... but rolls his eyes and sighs at "Ken's" effeminate fashion sense.
  • Hidden Depths: Barbie, she has them. Yes, this Barbie.
  • Holding Hands: In the climactic scene, the toys are trapped in the incinerator pit and facing certain death. Instead of panicking, they join hands and choose to meet their fate together.
  • Hooked Up Afterwards: The Creative Closing Credits show Rex and Trixie, another dinosaur toy, playing video games together.
  • Hope Spot:
  • Humans Are Cthulhu / Kids Are Cruel: 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 line about Buzz not being "the sharpest knife in the place where they keep the knives", upon which Sparks points out to Chunk that he is neither.
    • 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.
  • 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!
  • "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.)
  • 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.
  • Interrogation by Vandalism: 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.
  • Involuntary Dance: In the end credits, Jessie has the Spanish version of the Theme Tune played, so that Buzz's Spanish personality shows up and starts dancing paso doble with her.
    Buzz: I don't know what came over me.
    Jessie: Just go with it, Buzz.
  • 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 Has Been an Honor:
    • Sarge says this at the beginning of the movie before leaving Andy's house.
    • Buzz tries to do this by shaking hands with Woody before Woody left Sunnyside for the first time. Woody refuses him.
  • It Is Pronounced Tro-PAY: 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 has several of these moments.
  • Killer Rabbit: Lotso, an adorable pink teddy bear smelling of Strawberry.
  • Kite Riding: Woody gets out of Sunnyside Daycare by riding a kite.
  • Knight of Cerebus: Lotso, who is anything but what his name implies and represents the first truly evil villain in a Toy Story film. Sid, depending on your view, was an Obliviously Evil kid who is implied to be growing up in a broken home and wasn't aware that the toys he tortured were sentient. Stinky Pete was a Well-Intentioned Extremist. Al... Well, he was a greedy jerk, but calling him evil outright is a bit of a stretch. Lotso is pure evil with no redeeming traits or excuse for his actions.
  • 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.
  • Land in the Saddle: When Woody falls off the train during the Fake Action Prologue, he lands on Bulls-Eye and he and Jessie continue chasing after the train.
  • Laser-Guided Karma: For Lotso. He leaves the toys to die in a garbage incinerator after Woody and Buzz saved him from the shredder. For a moment, it looks like he's going to be a Karma Houdini, as Woody tells the others "he's not worth it" upon escaping. But then Lotso is found by a Cloudcuckoolander garbageman, who straps him to the front of his truck and drives off with him.
  • 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 roast at an incinerator instead of saving them by shutting off the conveyer belt.
  • Left the Background Music On: When we hear the harmonica tune, it seems like it comes from the soundtrack until we see Hamm playing the instrument in his prison cell. Then Buzz bangs on the cell bars telling him to knock it off.
  • 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 shows this. There were also a lot of character profiles on the movie's old site before Disney.com was revamped.
  • 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 - it seems crazy, but it's like they were made for each other! Though this is subverted when Barbie realizes that Ken has been mistreating other toys. Spanish Buzz with regard to Jessie.
  • Love Makes You Dumb: Ken, exploited by Barbie. She fakes a breakdown in her prison cell and urges Ken to take her to his playhouse, which he does.
  • 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.
  • Make an Example of Them: When Andy's toys are imprisoned at Sunnyside, Mr. Potato Head is singled out on Lotso's command and put into the Punishment Box, so all could witness what happened if they did not obey.
  • Manly Tears: You must have a heart of steel NOT to cry leaving the movie theater.
  • Mass "Oh, Crap!": Three of these at the landfill. The first is when the toys see they're heading for the shredder. The second is when Woody, and then the others, realize it's not daylight at the end of the tunnel, it's the incinerator. The third one comes when Lotso abandons them, just before they're swept into the incinerator.
  • Match Cut: When Chuckles talks about how Lotso became evil, the scene cuts from him looking sad to him looking happy in the Happy Flashback.
  • Melancholy Moon: Both Big Baby and Chuckles have a scene where they stare at the moon in melancholy. Which is pretty darn appropriate considering their shared backstory.
  • Memento MacGuffin: Daisy's locket that Big Baby is clinging to.
  • The Mentor: Dolly of Bonnie's toys.
  • Mighty Roar: Rex in the opening sequence.
  • A Minor Kidroduction: The Happier Home Movie early on (re)introduces Andy as a little boy playing with his 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.
  • "Mission: Impossible" Cable Drop: When Woody drops from the tree he is temporarily suspended inches from the ground.
  • Mistreatment-Induced Betrayal: Big Baby undergoes a Heel–Face Turn after getting hit by Lotso, who also crushes the "Daisy" locket with his cane.
  • Moment Killer: Lotso interrupts Barbie and Ken's Love at First Sight moment underscored by a Record Needle Scratch.
  • 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.
  • Multiple Head Case: Chunk from Toy Story 3 has a face that can flip between a smiling one and a frowning one by pressing a button on top of his head.
  • Mundane Made Awesome: The opening fantasy sequence, which is a kid playing with his toys, but now dramatized so we can see exactly what it looks like in his imagination.
  • Murder by Inaction: Rather than save the toys from being roasted by the incinerator by pressing the emergency stop button to shut off the conveyer belt, Lotso instead decides to abandon the toys even after they risked their lives to save him.
  • 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...note 
  • Mysterious Informant: Chatter Telephone helps Woody out when things turned sour.
  • 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.
  • Near Villain Victory: At the dump, Lotso abandons Woody and the gang after pretending to help them so they can face their imminent death in the incinerator, but are rescued by the aliens at the last minute by the loader they found. Had the aliens not wandered away from the gang and discovered the loader that would eventually rescue them, Lotso would have won.
  • Neck Snap: Barbie does this to Ken when overpowering him, but being a plastic toy, it doesn't do him any harm.
  • Never My Fault: Jessie admits to Woody that the toys were wrong not to believe him. When she says that she was wrong specifically, Mr. Potato Head adds, "Jessie's right, Woody. She was wrong!"
  • 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, when really he was helping Woody, and doesn't get much screentime. 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 Zombie Robot: Mrs. Potato Head fights alongside her husband and partner in crime wielding a pair of nunchaku.
  • 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-Protagonist Resolver: The day is saved by the Little Green Men and The Claw.
  • 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.
  • Nose Shove: A toddler puts one of Mr. Potato Head's eyes up his snotty nose.
  • 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 gets an inkling that things are not all as they seem in the Caterpillar Room when all the resident toys go hide. Once the stampede of preschoolers enters, he immediately deploys his canopy to weather the ensuing roughness.
  • 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.
  • Ominous Floating Spaceship: Spoofed with Evil Dr. Pork-Chop's airship, casting a huge shadow on the ground.
  • Ominous Multiple Screens: The Cymbal-Banging Monkey sits in front of a wall of security monitors.
  • One Last Field Trip: Andy joins Bonnie for one last big play session in one of the most emotional farewells in cinema history.
  • 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.
  • Paper People: Mr. Potato Head is this when using the tortilla.
  • Percussive Maintenance: Apparently the best way to get Buzz Lightyear back to normal after a hard reset is to drop a TV on his head.
  • Perp Sweating: When Buzz is being interrogated by the mob, they place him under a big bright light.
  • 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.
  • Playing Gertrude: Andy's mother looks almost as young as he does.
  • Post-Kiss Catatonia: A hilarious moment in Toy Story 3 when Spanish Buzz kisses Woody twice on the cheeks.
  • Potty Dance: Bonnie does this during playtime with Woody at her house.
  • 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.
  • Pun: After the toddlers are done with the toys at the Caterpillar room, Hamm tosses the detached arm of Mr. Potato Head back to him, asking "Someone need a hand?"
  • 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.
  • Raised Hand of Survival: Lotso on the Conveyor Belt-O-Doom lifts his arm and yells Help, I'm Stuck!, upon which Woody and Buzz come to free him.
  • Real Men Wear Pink: Lotso is a dark magenta teddy bear who runs Sunnyside with an iron fist, and the clothing-obsessed Camp Straight Ken is one of the toughest guards.
  • 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."
  • Redemption Demotion: Inverted with Buzz who, once reset to Demo Mode, serves Lotso well when locking away Andy's toys.
  • Redemption Rejection: When Lotso is about to be crushed by landfill machinery, Andy's toys go out of their way to save him. He repays them by trapping them in a certain-death situation, which they're only saved from by the timely intervention of the Little Green Men. Needless to say, this costs him.
  • Red Right Hand: Big Baby's lazy eye is an early indicator that it and the daycare as a whole are not as wholesome as they appear to be.
    • Woody. In all three Toy Story movies. He never really gave up on Andy, even when he gave up on himself and even when the other toys gave up on either him or Andy. Or both. Andy sums this up at the end of Toy Story 3:
    Andy: But the thing that makes Woody special is he'll never give up on you. Ever. He'll be there for you, no matter what.
  • Refuse to Rescue the Disliked: The main characters refuse to rescue Lotso from the garbage, having been already betrayed by him to the incinerator after they saved him a previous time. Only makes sense to ditch someone if they're clearly not gonna change for the better.
  • Reluctant Gift: Andy 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.
  • Replacement Goldfish: When Lotso returns to the little girl, he is shocked to discover that her parents bought her an identical Lot'o'Hug bear.
  • 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.
  • Rube Goldberg Device: When the toys try to escape from the Caterpillar room, they employ a complicated sequence of events to get Buzz up on the transom.
  • Runaway Train: In the opening action sequence, Woody tries to stop the driverless train but fails. Cue for Buzz doing a Trainstopping.
  • 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."
  • Same Clothes, Different Year: The garbage man featured is actually Sid Phillips, the main villain of Toy Story (you can easily tell that it's him because of the skull on his shirt)
  • Save the Villain: Woody and Buzz save Lotso from a shredder without hesitation, even though it was Lotso's fault in the first place that any of them was in a life-threatening situation. Lotso doesn't return the favor.
  • 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.
  • Serkis Folk: The film had some motion capture for the final scene where Buzz and Jessie dance together.
  • 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. See here.
    • 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 a similar scene during the climax of 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:
  • 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.
  • Slow-Motion Fall: When Bonnie tosses her dolls in the air, for a short moment we see Woody falling in slow motion.
  • 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?!"
  • So Much for Stealth: During the Great Escape from Sunnyside Daycare, Woody and the three aliens try to sneak behind Big Baby in the yard. They almost passed it but then one of the aliens falls and make and squeaky noise, which catches Big Baby's attention.
  • Speak in Unison: During their Love at First Sight encounter, Barbie and Ken finish the sentence "...made for each other." together which they take as a confirmation of that line.
  • Speak of the Devil: Lotso uses this line when the garbage truck arrives.
  • 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.
  • Spotting the Thread: Subverted. Barbie uses an astronaut suit to disguise herself as Ken to talk with the Bookworm. The suit covers her head and face, and almost her whole body...except her feet, and she forgot to change her high heels, which the Bookworm sees as she walks away. Fortunately, the Bookworm dismisses the high heels as one of Ken's idiosyncrasies.
  • Start of Darkness: Chuckles the Clown's Flashback segment outlines exactly why Lotso turns out to be the cruel despot of Sunnyside: "Something changed inside him that day. Something snapped." That's when Lotso lost all trust in humans and started his path on the dark side.
  • Stealth Pun: All of the toys when in Toy Mode.
    • 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.
  • Strawberry Shorthand: Lotso smells like strawberries, which makes him appear more likable than he really is.
  • Suddenly Shouting: "He was putting you IN THE ATTIC!"
  • Surveillance Station Slacker: The Cymbal-Banging Monkey, never taking his eyes of the monitors.
  • Take a Third Option: Done in the Fake-Out Opening, where Woody has to choose which of his friends will he save.
    "I choose Buzz Lightyear!"
    "Wait a minute, he's not one of the options!"
  • Taking You with Me: Lotso's Ankle Drag on Woody from inside the dumpster.
  • Team Parents: Barbie and Ken to the toys of Sunnyside in the epilogue.
  • Tempting Fate: Woody in the trash collectors: "We will be okay if we stick together. Cue Slinky Dog being pulled to the ceiling by the magnet.
  • 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.
  • They Call Me Mister Tibbs:
    • Mr. Potato Head when he purposefully tries to get sent to the Box: "That's Mr. Potato Head to you, smoothie."
    • Hamm in opening sequence: "That's Mister Evil Doctor Porkchop to you!"
  • Thief Bag: In the opening scene, Mr Potato Head is swiping several such bags from a train car.
  • Third Is 3D: An interesting case, because unlike other movies Toy Stoy 3 doesn't specifically market 3-D as its defining selling point, despite being released in both viewing formats. It's hugely indicated by the marketer's decision not to call it "Toy Story 3-D".
  • 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!
  • ˇThree 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!
  • Thwarted Escape: The Great Escape from Sunnyside comes to an abrupt end when Lotso steps in, right before Andy's toys are in safe territory.
  • 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.
  • Tiny Guy, Huge Girl: Buzz is noticeably shorter then Jessie.
  • 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. First it looks like paradise. The toys are all friendly, there are always lots of kids to play with them so that none of the toys ever get outgrown, and there's a repair ward that keeps the playthings in tiptop shape. However, their dark secret is that, in order to stay in the older kids' playroom, the ruling toys regularly sacrifice new toys to the toddler's playroom, where too-young children bash and beat toys until they are destroyed and thrown out.
  • 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.
  • Train Job: Mr Potato Head is robbing money from the train in the opening Action Prologue.
  • Trainstopping: In the opening sequence, Woody fails to save the Runaway Train filled with orphan trolls before it falls over a destroyed bridge... cue the Big Damn Heroes moment for Buzz as he catches the train in midair and saves the day.
  • Traintop Battle: Between Woody and Mr. and Ms. Potato Head in the Fake Action Prologue.
  • Translated Cover Version: The movie ends with the Gipsy Kings performing a Spanish-language cover of "You've Got a Friend in Me".
  • Trauma Swing: Big Baby sitting upon the playground swing staring at the moon.
  • True Companions: An overacting theme.
    • 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.
  • Unicorn: Buttercup, who is surprisingly sarcastic.
  • Unresolved Sexual Tension: Between Buzz and Jessie. Surprisingly no Relationship Upgrade happens.
  • Unspoken Plan Guarantee: The only detail we get to hear of the Great Escape plan is that they will use the garbage chutes to escape, and of course, everything works perfectly up until that stage of the escape.
  • Used to Be a Sweet Kid: Lotso used to be a sweet toy, according to Chuckles; never was there a stronger bond between child and toy than between Daisy and Lotso. Then Lotso, Big Baby, and Chuckles were accidentally left behind on a family picnic, and by the time they made it back home, Daisy had a new Lots-O-Huggin Bear...
  • 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.
  • We Need a Distraction: During the break-out, Mr. Potato Head fakes an escape to distracts Buzz and the Cymbal-Banging Monkey, so that Woody and Slinky Dog can slip out unnoticed.
  • Wham Line:
    • When Slink reveals that all the other toys are gone.
    • The moment we learn about about Lotso's true nature?
    Lotso: (to Buzz) Family man, huh? I understand. Put him back in the timeout chair.
    • Woody, when asking Bonnie's toys to great his fellows if they ever get to Sunnyside Daycare.
    Bonnie's toys: You came from Sunnyside? But how'd you escape?
    Woody: Well, it wasn't easy ... Beat ... What do you mean "escape"?
  • "Where Are They Now?" Epilogue: The Creative Closing Credits.
  • Whip It Good; In the intro, Woody is shown to be quite adept with a whip.
  • Wimp Fight: Between Hamm and Rex during the escape plan. Understandable since only one of them actually has arms.
  • Wipe That Smile Off Your Face: Mrs. Potato Head gets her mouth pulled off when she starts complaining, but her husband snatches it back for her.
  • Women Prefer Strong Men: Played for laughs when Mrs. Potato head meets Twitch.
  • World of Ham: The Fake-Out Opening. Imagine lines like "Well, I brought My DINOSAUR, WHO EATS FORCE FIELD DOGS!" and "That's MR. Evil Dr. Pork Chop to you!" taken perfectly seriously.
  • 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 Have to Believe Me: Woody tries to convince the other toys that Andy indeed wanted to move them to the attic and not in the garbage truck. They don't believe him until much later, when Ms. Potato Head uses her Spy Eye to reveal the truth.
  • 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.
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