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->''"So long... partner."''
-->-- '''Woody'''

''Toy Story 3'' (2010) takes place about 10 years after [[WesternAnimation/ToyStory2 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 MythArc 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 DevelopmentHell 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 DarkerAndEdgier than the previous two films. The main cast of the films were largely reunited, bar the late Jim Varney and Joe Ranft. Varney was [[TheOtherDarrin 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.
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!! "Trope Story 3":

* FiveFiveFive: Andy's cell phone number is 555-0112, written on Buzz's wrist for use in "Operation: Playtime."
* AbsenceMakesTheHeartGoYonder: When Lotso returned to the little girl, he discovers that she had replaced him with an [[ReplacementGoldfish identical toy]] in the meantime. Justified trope, as there was no way that the girl could have expected Lotso to return home by himself.
* AccentAdaptation: 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 [[WesternAnimation/{{Shrek}} Puss in Boots]] has)
* ActionizedSequel: 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.
* AdvertisedExtra: Stretch the octopus is displayed prominently on the DVD cover, despite having about ten minutes of screen time.
* AffectionateGestureToTheHead: Bonnie's mother gently strokes her daughter's hair before she steps up to Andy to accept his toys.
* AffirmativeActionGirl: This installment gives Mrs. Potato Head a larger role, and also adds {{Franchise/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 [[TheRedStapler they saw how the movies caused sales of Mr. Potato Head toys to spike]] that they agreed.
* AfterActionVillainAnalysis: Chuckles the Clown does this to explain Lotso's turn to evil.
* AnachronismStew: 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 WaveMotionGun 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 RuleOfCool. This scene is a retelling of the first two movies' opening sequences blended together.
* AndIMustScream: [[spoiler: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."
* AndTheAdventureContinues: When Andy leaves his toys in the care of their new kid Bonnie.
* AnkleDrag: Lotso catches Woody's ankle and pulls him into the garbage container at Sunnyside.
* AnswerCut: 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 RubeGoldbergDevice.
** As a TemptingFate, when Lotso orders Andy's toys to stay at Sunnyside and Jessie asks who is gonna stop them from leaving. Cue brainwashed Buzz EmergingFromTheShadows.
** 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.
* AnythingButThat: When Barbie interrogates Ken in order to rescue a BrainwashedAndCrazy Buzz, Ken breaks when she starts [[CoolAndUnusualPunishment tearing his favorite dress]].
-->'''Ken''': Not the Nehru jacket!
* ArcWords: "Together"
* ArmorPiercingQuestion: Lotso begins his [[spoiler:VillainousBreakdown]] when Woody asks him about [[spoiler:Daisy.]]
* AscendedExtra: 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.
* AssShove: 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!"
* AttackOfThe50FootWhatever: During the HappierHomeMovie, 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".
* BathroomBreakOut: Woody breaks out of the daycare center through a bathroom window.
* BearHug: From Lots-O'-Huggin' Bear.
* BearsAreBadNews: Lotso Bear [[spoiler:[[SealedEvilInATeddyBear plays this straight]]]].
* BeCarefulWhatYouWishFor: 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 [[spoiler: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.
* BerserkButton: Lotso really should not have broken the name tag in front of Big Baby.
* BewareTheNiceOnes: Barbie is really friendly and easy going, but do ''not'' threaten her friends if you know what's good for you.
* BigBad: [[spoiler: Lotso]] establishes himself as a [[KickTheDog dog-kicking]] machine as he breaks, brainwashes, and tries to have Woody and his friends thrown away during the movie, but irrevocably crosses the horizon when he [[spoiler:betrays Woody and co. to die in the garbage dump's incinerator even though they saved his life a minute earlier]]. So much for [[RousseauWasRight Rousseau being right this time]], as is usually the case for Pixar. At least he gets a quite satisfying punishment: [[spoiler:[[AndIMustScream being tied to a garbage truck's grill for the rest of his life]].]]
* BigBrotherInstinct: At the end of the movie [[spoiler: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, [[spoiler:dropping the trash bag the toys are in]].
* BigDamnHeroes:
** Buzz, catching the train from crashing down the canyon in the FakeActionPrologue.
** "The ''claaaawww!''" When all is lost, the LittleGreenMen show up and fish Woody and the gang out of the incinerator.
* BigNo:
** Jessie, upon seeing Woody crashing down with the train in the FakeActionPrologue.
** 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 ConveyorBeltOfDoom straight towards the furnace.
* BigRedButton: Several big red push buttons can be seen during the FakeActionPrologue. 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.
* BitchInSheepsClothing: Lotso.
* BittersweetEnding: The ending appears to be this way. [[spoiler:[[TearJerker The toys have lost many of their friends over the years and they'll probably never see Andy again]], [[SugarWiki/HeartwarmingMoments but they have a new owner who loves them just as much Andy himself did]]]].
* BlowingARaspberry: Big Baby does this to [[spoiler:Lotso]].
* BodyguardBetrayal: Lotso's bodyguard Big Baby pulls a HeelFaceTurn on him and disposed him in the dumpster.
* BoleroEffect: Used in the music of the [[spoiler: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 [[PanUpToTheSkyEnding 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 BookEnds).
* BrainwashedAndCrazy: Buzz, [[spoiler:after Lotso forcibly switches him to "Demo" mode]].
* BrickJoke:
** Sarge and the army men.
** "The CLAAAAAAAAW..." A BrickJoke that takes two movies and several ''years'' [[UpToEleven 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?
* BritishStuffiness: Mr. Pricklepants, who even quotes [[Creator/WilliamShakespeare Shakespeare.]]
* BusFullOfInnocents: 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).
* CallBack: 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:
## 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 "[[AlwaysABiggerFish 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 [[spoiler: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. [[spoiler:You can tell by his shirt. Also, [[TheDevTeamThinksOfEverything 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 [[BookEnds introduced]] ''WesternAnimation/ToyStory''.
*** 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 HeroicBSOD.
*** The last toy Woody holds hands with during [[spoiler: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.
## 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 [[ShowWithinAShow 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. [[BoringFailureHero He fails.]] {{Epic|Fail}}ally.
*** While Woody and Buzz are looking at a young picture of Andy, Woody comments that they'll be together "[[IronicEcho For infinity and beyond]]".
*** [[IronicEcho "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 FreezeFrameBonus 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 TheClimax 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''.
## 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 [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ykzud8VYlo4 theme]] from ''Toy Story'' (Buzz's arrival uses a version of Buzz's theme[[note]]from when he was "falling with style" in Andy's room near the beginning[[/note]] 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 [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wlR3NEvneSI]], and when the toys [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iLeoe2Dl_Ek 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 [[ReplacementGoldfish being replaced]] and his IfICantHaveYou: 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? [[spoiler:Lotso]] is [[FutureMeScaresMe Woody from a bad future.]]
## [[http://www.slashfilm.com/2010/06/18/toy-story-3-easter-eggs/ 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 ''WesternAnimation/FindingNemo'' (both are ''Series/MissionImpossible'' 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|s}} ''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.
*** FreezeFrameBonus: Andy's board has a postcard from Carl and Ellie of ''WesternAnimation/{{Up}}''; his posters feature the Omnidroid of ''WesternAnimation/TheIncredibles''; 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 ''WesternAnimation/{{Cars}}'' (non-anthropomorphic Snot Rod on Andy's calendar (August) and [[EarlyBirdCameo 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 [[WesternAnimation/WallE Buy n Large]]. [[WesternAnimation/ABugsLife 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 [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_FiCJUDrfB0&feature=watch_response a little girl]] in the Butterfly Room who looks suspiciously like an older version of Boo from ''WesternAnimation/MonstersInc''. She is playing with a purple and blue kitty. It has since been {{jossed}} by Lee Unkrich.
* TheCameo: A doll of Studio Ghibli's own [[Anime/MyNeighborTotoro 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.
* CampStraight: Ken. From his frilly handwriting, to his many clothes, to his happiness when [[ItsRainingMen the army men parachute in the ending]]. Even dating Barbie doesn't help matters.
--> "I'm not a girl's toy! [[InsistentTerminology 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."
* CaptainMorganPose: Woody in the FakeActionPrologue, placing his foot triumphantly on Mr. Potato Head.
* CaptivityHarmonica: Hamm plays one.
-->'''Buzz:''' Quiet, musical hog! Knock it off!
** It's also worth noting that Lotso's theme is played with a harmonica.
* CastingGag:
** 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."
* CelibateHero: Woody in this movie as [[spoiler: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]].
* CentralTheme: Moving on and accepting change.
* CharacterOutlivesActor: [[Film/ErnestPWorrell Hey Vern]]!! Slinky Dog was voiced by another actor long after [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jim_Varney my]] death, [[CatchPhrase knowhutimean]]??
* ChekhovsBoomerang: 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.
* ChekhovsGag: ''WesternAnimation/ToyStory'' 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 ''WesternAnimation/ToyStory3'', 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 WesternAnimation/ToyStory2]].
* ChekhovsGun:
** Prior to the film's events, Mrs. Potato Head lost one of her eyes, though she can [[EyeSpy 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 [[spoiler:The Monkey]] during the first scene showing her in the day care.
** [[spoiler: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.]]
* ClassicallyTrainedExtra: Mr. Pricklepants, played by none other than ''Creator/TimothyDalton''.
** He even asked Woody if he was classically trained, in regards to his "performance."
* ClassyCane: Lotso uses a wooden mallet as a cane.
* CliffStack: 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!'".
* ColorCodedForYourConvenience: Blue is safe (Andy's room, the Butterfly Room, the conveyor belt off switch), red is unsafe (Caterpillar Room, [[spoiler:Lotso, incinerator]]), and sickly green-yellow is corrupted (the vending machine "gambling parlor", the daycare dumpster). Bonnie's color is bright "happy" green.
* ContinuityNod:
** 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.
* ConvectionSchmonvection: The incinerator is obviously really hot but the plastic toys remain unmelted. Considering how terrifying the scene was already, this is for the best.
* ConveyorBeltODoom: [[spoiler: 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=].]]
%%* CoolAndUnusualPunishment: better covered under InterrogationByVandalism
* CorruptHick: Lotso runs Sunnyside with an iron fist.
* CostumeTestMontage: Ken, to Barbie.
* CoverIdentityAnomaly: 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 [[TheDandy Ken's idiosyncrasies]].
* CrapsaccharineWorld: Sunnyside Daycare seems like a bright, colorful heaven where there are always children to lovingly play with the toys, [[spoiler: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, [[spoiler:Lotso]] is revealed to be a genuinely monstrous villain, but once he's gone the daycare center becomes a genuinely sweet place [[spoiler:under Ken and Barbie]].
* CreatorThumbprint: [[{{Pixar}} Lee Unkrich]] really likes monkeys. [[EverythingsBetterWithMonkeys Guess what shows up twice in his directorial debut]]?
* CreepyDoll:
** Big Baby with its [[RedRightHand twitchy eye]]. Particularly creepy moment when Woody catches Big Baby [[MelancholyMoon moongazing]] on a [[TraumaSwing swing at night]] in the yard and it turns its head by 180 degrees.
** Also the CymbalBangingMonkey.
* CulturalCrossReference: A [[Anime/MyNeighborTotoro Totoro]] makes an appearance as one of Bonnie's dolls. [[http://studioghiblimovies.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/11/totoro3.jpg here]].
* CuteGiant: Lotso and Big Baby are each considerably larger than the most of the other toys in the movie.
* CymbalBangingMonkey: 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. [[spoiler:Lotso]] and crew are on top of the poor toy in moments.
* CuteIsEvil: [[spoiler:Lotso.]]
* DarkerAndEdgier: 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| Trope}} examples, though, since the concepts introduced earlier in the series leave room for FridgeHorror. The third has a more intense feel because it [[AscendedFridgeHorror calls attention to a fair bit of said fridge horror]]. That, and it's a PrisonEpisode rife with disturbing elements like [[spoiler:Lotso, an AxCrazy [[KillerRabbit teddy bear]]]], and {{cymbal banging monkey}}s. 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.
* DanceOfRomance: When Buzz is in [[LatinLover Spanish mode]], he makes the move on Jessie with a dance. And they do it again in his normal form in the credits.
* DancePartyEnding: Two separate dance parties in the credits.
** One is of [[spoiler: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. [[SugarWiki/HeartwarmingMoments A happy ending indeed]].]]
** The other is [[spoiler:Buzz and Jessie]] dancing to a Spanish version of "You Got A Friend In Me."
* TheDandy: Ken is really, really concerned about fashion and clothes.
* DangerRoomColdOpen: The action-packed opening sequence showcases some of the toys' particular abilities.
* DarkAndTroubledPast: A {{Flashback}} shows how Lotso turned into damaged goods, emotionally and psychologically scarred by his supposed abandonment.
* DarkReprise: 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.
* DeadHatShot: 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 [[InvokedTrope actively]] implies it when giving it to them.
* DemotedToExtra: 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 CymbalBangingMonkey, as well as briefly jumping across the trash chute to the dumpster before [[spoiler:being thwarted by Lotso]].
* DenOfIniquity: 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.
* DeusExMachina: The Claw at the end of the film is a ''[[FridgeBrilliance 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 [[spoiler: saves all of the toys from burning in the garbage furnace.]] Its arrival is accompanied by a choir of angelic voices on the soundtrack.
* DiabolusExMachina: Since it's considered a DeusExMachina 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.
* DialogueReversal: "You have saved our lives. We are eternally grateful."
* [[CreatorCameo Director Cameo]]: The Jack-in-the-Box who yells "new toys!" is voiced by director Lee Unkrich.
* DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything: Rewatch the scene where Woody tells Big Baby the truth of his and Lotso's past regarding Daisy. Suddenly, Lotso [[spoiler: 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.
* TheDogBitesBack: Big Baby to Lotso.
* DownInTheDumps: The movie's third act is fully devoted to this setting.
* TheDragon: Big Baby. {{Heel Face Turn}}s in the end.
* DramaticSlip: Lotso falls down on the ConveyorBeltODoom when they try to run from the incinerator. It actually enables him to see the stop button.
* DramaticThunder: 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.
* TheDreaded: Bonnie's toys are shown to be frightened by Lots-O'-Huggin' Bear.
* DroppedABridgeOnHim: A great number of the toys have been sold, broken or lost in the time period between 2 and 3 making for a DarkerAndEdgier feel. Especially saddening is the absence of Bo Peep, Woody's love interest - when she is mentioned, Woody looks utterly miserable.
* TheDulcineaEffect: Happens to "Spanish Buzz" once he sees Jessie.
* DumbBlonde: Barbie appears to be this at first, [[GeniusDitz but later says one to Lotso that averts it]].
-->'''Barbie:''' Authority should derive from the [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Consent_of_the_governed consent of the governed]], not from threat of force!\\
''(Hamm and Potato Head shrug in confusion)''
** She single-handedly subdued Ken, [[JustForPun tore]] a confession out of him, then got the Buzz Lightyear instruction manual from Bookworm all via improvisation.
* EasilyForgiven: 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.
* EmergingFromTheShadows: Buzz emerges from the dark when Jessie rhetorically asks who was to stop them from leaving Sunny-side.
* EnemyRisingBehind: 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.
* EndOfAnAge: A small-scale case which [[LeaningOnTheFourthWall 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 ''WesternAnimation/ToyStory'' are grown up and leaving behind their childhoods (or seeing their children go). Watching this film at any college ever is a sure TearJerker.
* EurekaMoment: 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.
* EvenBadMenLoveTheirMamas: Big Baby regards his previous owner Daisy as his mom. You really shouldn't have broken that tag, Lotso...
* EveryoneCanSeeIt: 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.
* EveryoneOwnsAMac: 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.
* EverythingMakesAMushroom: The "Death By Monkeys" bomb set off by "Evil Dr. Porkchop" in Andy's playtime imagination in the beginning.
* EverythingsBetterWithMonkeys: Hilariously subverted with the cameo of the barrel of monkeys in the opening, horrifyingly subverted with [[ManiacMonkeys the monkey toy]] from Sunnyside.
* EverythingsBetterWithSparkles: Barbie and Ken and also Stretch the octopus.
* [[EverythingSoundsSexierInFrench Everything Sounds Sexier in Spanish]]
* EverythingsSquishierWithCephalopods: Stretch, one of Lotso's henchmen, is a [[MeaningfulName stretchy]], sparkly octopus toy voiced by Creator/WhoopiGoldberg. Not evil, seeing as she abandons Lotso with the others when they learn of his past and see him for what he is.
* EvilCannotComprehendGood: [[spoiler:Lotso]] cannot fathom Ken's loyalty to Barbie or Woody and Buzz's loyalty to their friends [[spoiler:after the latter declined Lotso's offer to join the Butterfly Room without his friends.]]
* EvilCounterpart: 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.
* EvilLaugh: Mr. Potato Head towards the end of the opening sequence, when he is about to press the death button and kill the heroes.
* EyeSpy: 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.
* FaceDeathWithDignity: Andy's toys [[HoldingHands holding hands]] when they're approaching to the melting zone of the trash machine.
* FaceHeelTurn: 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 [[BrainwashedAndCrazy 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.
* FacePalm: Andy.
* FakeActionPrologue: The movie starts with a [[ComicStrip/CalvinAndHobbes Calvinesque]] FantasySequence that [[ContinuityNod calls back]] to the playtime scenario in the original ''WesternAnimation/ToyStory''.
* FakeOutOpening: See FakeActionPrologue.
* FalseUtopia: Sunnyside.
* TheFarmerAndTheViper: For a moment, it looked like saving [[spoiler:Lotso]] would pay off. No such luck.
* FateWorseThanDeath: [[spoiler: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.
* FauxAffablyEvil: [[spoiler:Lotso]]. He may act [[SouthernGentleman 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 [[BrainwashedAndCrazy 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".
* FemmeFataleSpy: Barbie.
* [[FirstGirlWins First Toy Wins]]: The first toy we see Andy playing with at the start of the first film was Woody. [[spoiler:Guess which toy is the only one Andy decides he's going to take to college with him.]] Subverted at the end; [[spoiler:when Andy sees how much Bonnie loves Woody, he lets her keep him.]]
* FiveBadBand:
** BigBad: [[spoiler:Lotso.]]
** TheDragon: Big Baby. Ken may also count.
** TheBrute: Twitch, Chunk, Sparks, and Stretch.
** EvilGenius: The Monkey and Bookworm.
** DarkChick: Ken. May also be CoDragons with Big Baby.
** SixthRanger: Demo-mode Buzz.
* FlashbackEffect: The HappyFlashback sequence showing Lotso's backstory with the little girl is overexposed and tinted in yellow color.
* FieryRedhead: Jessie.
* {{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. [[spoiler: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. [[BrainwashedAndCrazy 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.
** [[LawOfConservationOfDetail Stinky Pete had warned and raved that if they continued on with Andy, the toys might end up at the landfill...]] [[PropheciesAreAlwaysRight 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.
** [[spoiler:Chatter Telephone]]'s first appearance is when he bumps on Woody's legs several times, trying to talk to him (realizing Woody is the OnlySaneMan among the group of Andy's toys). But he cannot talk to Woody directly because [[spoiler:Lotso]] was there (and he does glance at [[spoiler:Lotso]] in this scene).
* FreezeFrameBonus:
** The usual A113 reference is on the license plate of Andy's mom's car, a ContinuityNod from the first movie. For others, see CallBack.
** If you paid close attention it was possible to see that one of the two garbage men is Sid from the first movie.
* FreudianExcuse: 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.
* FunWithHomophones: Barbie says to Ken, "Nice '''ass'''-cot."
* FurryConfusion: Buttercup talks and Bullseye doesn't? Lee Unkrich acknowledged this [[http://twitter.com/leeunkrich/status/16934244788 on his Twitter account]], saying "[[ClassicDisneyShorts Goofy]] can talk, but Pluto cannot. [[ShrugOfGod Discuss.]]"
* GeniusDitz: 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.
* GettingCrapPastTheRadar: See [[Radar/ToyStory3 here]].
* AGodAmI: 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 DeusExMachina above.
* {{Golem}}: Chunk.
* GoneHorriblyRight: Once they get to the day care center, the toys DO get to be played with again. By very... very... "[[DestructiveSavior special]]" children.
* GoofyPrintUnderwear: Ken wears boxers with little hearts on them.
* GoshDangItToHeck: "What the heck?"
* GratuitousSpanish: After Buzz's reset button is hit, he turns into a flamenco dancing version of his Space Ranger Persona. [[HilarityEnsues ĦBuzz Lightyear al rescate!]]
* GrayRainOfDepression: The moment Lotso discovers Daisy has replaced him it starts to rain.
* GreatEscape: The entire plot, though it ends up in a ThwartedEscape. 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 [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin "The Great Escape".]]
* GreenEyedMonster: 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 [[CharacterDevelopment just how far he's come]] from the jealously insecure toy of the first movie.
* GrossUpCloseUp: The bit where the little kids are playing rough with the toys and we see a shot of a kid sticking his/her tongue on Buzz's helmet from Buzz's point of view. Yuck.
* GrowingWithTheAudience:
** 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.
* GrumpyBear: Taken to the '''extreme''' with [[spoiler:Lotso, although he hides it behind a pleasant facade]].
* TheGuardsMustBeCrazy[=/=]TalkingYourWayOut: Barbie and Ken prove the need for the EvilOverlordList'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."
* HandshakeRefusal: Woody refused to shake hands with Buzz as he was leaving Sunnyside.
* HandSignals: Mr. Tortilla-Head uses baseball signals during the escape sequence.
* HannibalLecture: [[spoiler:Lotso]] gives one in the middle of a VillainousBreakdown. It comes with a ShutUpHannibal.
* HappierHomeMovie: The beginning of the film presents us with a non-death yet nostalgically reminiscent of the events after WesternAnimation/ToyStory2.
* HappilyMarried:
** Barbie and Ken. [[spoiler:They become the new rulers of a much happier Sunnyside Daycare]] since Barbie [[GeniusDitz objects to dictatorships and prefers democracy]] and Ken believes [[TotallyRadical "everyone is groovy."]] They even adopt Big Baby as their "child"!
** Also, as with the previous film, Mr. and Mrs. Potato Head.
* HeelFaceMole: [[spoiler:Lotso]] becomes one at the end, when he [[RedemptionRejection refuses to save Woody and his friends]] from the incinerator.
* HeelFaceTurn:
** Ken starts out as one of the toys trying to keep the gang imprisoned, but he changes sides after [[LoveRedeems he falls in love with Barbie]].
** Big Baby is Lotso's [[TheDragon right hand]] but turns against him after Lotso destroys his "Daisy" locket.
** [[spoiler:Lotso subverts it; while he pleads for help and plays nice while the heat is on, at the decisive moment [[DirtyCoward he abandons his saviors and escapes]]]].
* [[SheIsAllGrownUp He Is All Grown Up]]: Andy. Also in his cameo, Sid.
* HeldGaze:
** 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 rumble at the dumb. [[MomentKiller They get interrupted]] by a big TV set crashing down on them.
* HelloNurse: When Ken meets Molly's Barbie doll for the first time, accompanied by Gary Wright's "Dream Weaver".
* HelpImStuck: 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 see it and returns to help the little fellow. Cue the AnkleDrag by Lotso.
** Jessie is stuck between pieces of trash when the toys are dropped off at the junk yard. Buzz [[HeroicSacrifice comes to safe her]].
** Lotso is stuck under a heavy piece of junk on the ConveyorBeltODoom and cries out for help. Woody and Buzz come to his aid before Lotso could get shredded.
* HelpingHands: The detached hand of Mr. Potato Head, fetching the tortilla during the break.
* HeroesWantRedHeads: Buzz seems to hold a torch for Jessie.
* HeroicSacrifice: Buzz [[AlwaysSaveTheGirl finds and rescues Jessie]] in the junk at the garbage facility. When a television set overhead is about to crush them , Buzz tosses Jessie into safe area and [[TakingTheBullet takes the blow]]. It actually works for him as he returns to being himself afterwards.
* HeyWait:
** During woody's first escape from Sunnyside, as he is about to [[BathroomBreakOut sneek 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 RackFocus 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.
** When {{Franchise/Barbie}} masquerades as [[TheDandy 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 "[[CampStraight Ken's]]" effeminate fashion sense.
* HiddenDepths: {{Franchise/Barbie}}, she has them. Yes, [[http://frankwarner.typepad.com/free_frank_warner/2010/06/toy-story-3-barbies-words-on-the-consent-of-the-governed.html this]] {{Franchise/Barbie}}.
* HoldingHands: 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 [[FaceDeathWithDignity meet their fate together]].
* HookedUpAfterwards: The CreativeClosingCredits show Rex and Trixie, another dinosaur toy, playing video games together.
* HopeSpot:
** Rex' line "I think that's daylight!" right before they realize they are heading for the incinerator.
** Also when Lotso spots the Stop button to the ConveyorBeltODoom and heads for it. [[RedemptionRejection But then he changes his mind.]]
* HumansAreCthulhu / KidsAreCruel: 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 [[EldritchAbomination Eldritch Abominations]] in Lovecraft's stories treat humanity?! The only thing needed to turn ''Toy Story 3'' into Lovecraft-Kids Version was them [[GoMadFromTheRevelation going mad from the revelation]]. Cue to [[spoiler:Lotso resetting Buzz to his first film persona and making him his puppet.]]
* HypocriticalHumor: Chunk's line about Buzz not being "the sharpest knife in the place where they keep the knives", upon which Sparks [[LampshadeHanging points out]] to Chunk that he is neither.
** Taken UpToEleven when Hamm is playing Lotso's Theme while he's in jail with the others, when Buzz tells him to be quiet.
* IKnowWhatWeCanDoCut: 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''.)
* IfICantHaveYou: Woody says this almost word-for-word as a ShutUpHannibal:
-->'''[[spoiler:Lotso]]:''' She replaced us!\\
'''Woody:''' She replaced ''you''! And if you couldn't have her, no one could!
* ImplicitPrison: Sunnyside Daycare, in that toys donated there are locked up, required to stay, and security is tight to deter inmates from escaping.
* IntergenerationalFriendship: Andy and Bonnie.
* InterrogationByVandalism: Barbie's way of interrogating Ken is by ripping each of his sets of clothes until he speaks, [[spoiler:which he does when Barbie starts to rip his Nehru jacket]].
* InvoluntaryDance: In the end credits, Jessie has the [[TranslatedCoverVersion Spanish version]] of the ThemeTune played, so that Buzz's [[LatinLover Spanish]] [[SplitPersonality personality]] [[BrainwashResidue shows up]] and starts dancing paso doble with her.
-->'''Buzz:''' I don't know what came over me.\\
'''Jessie:''' [[InvokedTrope Just go with it, Buzz.]]
* ItHasBeenAnHonor:
** [[spoiler:Sarge]] says this at the beginning of the movie before [[spoiler:[[ScrewThisImOuttaHere left Andy's house]]]].
** [[spoiler:Buzz]] tries to do this by shake hands with [[spoiler:Woody before Woody left Sunnyside for the first time. [[HandshakeRefusal Woody refuses him]]]].
* IronicHell: "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.
* [[ItIsPronouncedTroPay 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."
* ItsAllJunk: Andy putting his toys in the attic.
* IWantGrandkids: 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}}: [[spoiler:Lotso]] is a JerkWithAHeartOfJerk and takes this trope UpToEleven.
* JumpScare: Woody causes a particularly traumatizing one when he tries to swing over behind the monkey.
* KickTheDog: Lotso has several of these moments.
** Having Buzz reprogrammed for expressing solidarity with his friends and then having said reprogrammed Buzz throw his former friends in their cells.
** Having Mr. Potato Head thrown into the PunishmentBox for defending his wife.
** Throwing Woody's [[DeadHatShot hat onto the prison floor]] to make it seem like Woody was tortured or killed, (or both).
** Hitting Big Baby and destroying its [[MementoMacGuffin "Daisy" locket]] with his cane.
** Last but not least, him leaving the main toys to burn in the incinerator pit, [[UngratefulBastard including Buzz and Woody who had both just risked their lives to save him.]]
* KillerRabbit: Lotso, an adorable pink teddy bear [[StrawberryShorthand smelling of Strawberry]].
* KiteRiding: Woody gets out of Sunnyside Daycare by riding a kite.
* KnightOfCerebus: [[spoiler: Lotso]], who is anything ''but'' what his name implies and represents the first truly evil villain in a Toy Story film. Sid, [[AlternateCharacterInterpretation depending on your view]], was an ObliviouslyEvil 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 WellIntentionedExtremist. Al... Well, he was a greedy jerk, but calling him ''evil'' outright is a bit of a stretch. [[spoiler:Lotso]] is [[VileVillainSaccharineShow pure evil]] with no redeeming traits or excuse for his actions.
* KubrickStare: In the commentary, Lee Unkrich describes using this expression for Buzz while in [[BrainwashedAndCrazy demo mode]] to indicate that this particular trip to Delusion-ville would have a darker turn.
* LandInTheSaddle: When Woody falls off the train during the FakeActionPrologue, he lands on [[SurpriseVehicle Bulls-Eye]] and he and Jessie continue chasing after the train.
* LaserGuidedKarma: For [[spoiler: Lotso]]. He leaves the toys to die in a garbage incinerator after Woody and Buzz [[SaveTheVillain saved him from the shredder]]. For a moment, it looks like he's going to be a KarmaHoudini, 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.
* LatinLover: 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.
* LeftForDead: After [[spoiler: 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.
* LeftTheBackgroundMusicOn: When we hear the harmonica tune, it seems like it comes from the soundtrack until we see Hamm [[Captivity Harmonica playing the instrument in his prison cell]]. Then [[MusicalisInterruptus Buzz bangs on the cell bars]] telling him to knock it off.
* LightIsNotGood:
** 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.
* LivingEmotionalCrutch: Daisy might have been this to [[spoiler:[[BigBad Lotso]], seeing how [[IfICantHaveYou badly]] [[LoveMakesYouEvil he]] [[DisproportionateRetribution handled]] being replaced by her.]]
* TheLoad: 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 [[TheDragon Big Baby]] to getting stuck in the dumpster and (indirectly) causing the toys to get sent to the dump. [[spoiler:{{Inverted}} in the incinerator scene, in which the Aliens save all of the toys via ''[[BrickJoke the claw]]''.]]
* LoadsAndLoadsOfCharacters: 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.
* LostInTranslation: Nice [[FunWithHomophones asssss...cot]]. The French dub [[{{Woolseyism}} 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).
* LoveAtFirstSight: Ken and Barbie - it seems crazy, but [[StealthPun 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.
* LoveMakesYouDumb: Ken, [[FlawExploitation exploited]] by Barbie. She [[DecoyDamsel fakes a breakdown]] in her prison cell and urges Ken to take her to his playhouse, which he does.
* LoveMakesYouEvil: [[spoiler:Lotso's backstory.]]
* LoveRedeems: 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.
* MaddenIntoMisanthropy: Three guesses who.
* MakeAnExampleOfThem: When Andy's toys are imprisoned at Sunnyside, Mr. Potato Head is singled out on [[BigBad Lotso's]] command and put into the PunishmentBox, so all could witness what happened if they did not obey.
* ManlyTears: You must have a heart of steel NOT to cry leaving the movie theater.
* MatchCut: When Chuckles talks about [[AfterActionVillainAnalysis how Lotso became evil]], the scene cuts from him [[SadClown looking sad]] to him looking happy in the HappyFlashback.
* MelancholyMoon: 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.
* MementoMacGuffin: Daisy's locket that Big Baby is clinging to.
* TheMentor: Dolly of Bonnie's toys.
* MightyRoar: Rex in the opening sequence.
* AMinorKidroduction: The HappierHomeMovie early on (re)introduces Andy as a little boy playing with his toys.
* MissingTrailerScene: 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.
* MissionImpossibleCableDrop: When Woody drops from the tree he is temporarily suspended inches from the ground.
* MistreatmentInducedBetrayal: Big Baby undergoes a HeelFaceTurn after getting hit by Lotso, who also crushes the [[MementoMacGuffin "Daisy" locket]] with his cane.
* MomentKiller: Lotso interrupts Barbie and Ken's LoveAtFirstSight moment underscored by a RecordNeedleScratch.
* MoodWhiplash: Perhaps the first ''Toy Story 3'' trailer uses this. It starts out sentimental, the middle is semi-serious, and then it ends [[RuleOfFunny with humor]].
** In a trailer, how a very heartfelt scene where Andy is praising [[TheHero Woody]] is suddenly cut short with [[TheHero 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 [[MoodWhiplash 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 [[BrainwashedAndCrazy 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 BittersweetEnding, followed by a breather in the thankfully very cheerful closing credits.
* MotiveRant: [[spoiler:[[BigBad Lotso]] gets one just before he throws the toys into the dumpster.]]
* MultipleHeadCase: 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.
* MundaneMadeAwesome: 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.
* MurderByInaction: 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.
* MusicalNod: During the scene leading up to the incinerator, one of the themes from ''WesternAnimation/MonstersInc'' is heard.
* MusicalSpoiler: ''And as the years go by / [[IronicEcho 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.
* MysteriousInformant: Chatter Telephone helps Woody out when things turned sour.
* MythologyGag: The [=LGMs=] are portrayed as One-Eyed Bart's (and his wife One-Eyed Betty) accomplices during Andy's playtime.
* ANaziByAnyOtherName: 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.
* NeckSnap: Barbie does this to Ken when overpowering him, but being a plastic toy, it doesn't do him any harm.
* NeverMyFault: 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!"
* NeverTrustATrailer: 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.
* NietzscheWannabe: [[spoiler:Lotso]] comes off as a bit of one when saying how toys "are all just trash" in his MotiveRant.
%%* NightmareFuelStationAttendant: Again, hello, '''''[[CymbalBangingMonkey MONKEY.]]'''''
* [[NinjaPirateZombieRobot Ninja Pirate Train Robber]]: Mrs. Potato Head
* NonIronicClown: Chuckles the clown doll, who shared the same former owner as Lotso Bear and Big Baby, [[spoiler: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 [[StartOfDarkness turns]] [[FaceHeelTurn evil]].]] In the present, Chuckles is a StoicWoobie despite being one of Bonnie's beloved toys. But by the end credits, he [[DefrostingIceQueen begins to smile again.]]
* NonProtagonistResolver: The day is saved by the LittleGreenMen and The Claw.
* NonStandardCharacterDesign: The toys have a lot of variety in their looks, but Ken and Barbie are noticeably less cartoonish than most of them.
* NoseShove: A toddler puts one of Mr. Potato Head's eyes up his snotty nose.
* NotSoDifferent: 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.
* OhCrap: 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, [[ThisIsGonnaSuck he immediately deploys his canopy to weather the ensuing roughness.]]
* TheOldConvict: 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.
* OminousFloatingSpaceship: Spoofed with Evil Dr. Pork-Chop's airship, casting a huge shadow on the ground.
* OminousMultipleScreens: The CymbalBangingMonkey sits in front of a wall of security monitors.
* OneLastFieldTrip: Andy joins Bonnie for one last big play session in one of the most [[TearJerker emotional farewells]] in cinema history.
* OscarBait: Pixar has decided to aim for a Best Picture nom, which includes running an ad campaign that make {{homage}}s to previous winners e.g. Lotso as ''Film/TheGodfather'' and Woody as ForrestGump. Which, in the [[Creator/TomHanks latter case]], is a HUGE case of ActorAllusion.
* OurHeroIsDead: 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.
* OutdatedOutfit: Ken has a roomful of them, dating from the late 50s to the early 80s.
* OutOfTheFryingPan: In the dump, when they wind up on the conveyor, the toys escape from the shredder... only to wind up in the incinerator.
* PalantirPloy: Let's just say [[Series/{{Smallville}} Lex Luthor]] should have hired whoever installed Sunnyside Daycare's surveillance system.
* PanUpToTheSkyEnding: An epic storybook ending, really.
* PaperPeople: Mr. Potato Head is this when using the tortilla.
* PercussiveMaintenance: Apparently the best way to get Buzz Lightyear back to normal after a hard reset is to drop a TV on his head.
* PerpSweating: When Buzz is being interrogated by the mob, they place him under a big bright light.
* PerspectiveReversal: 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. [[spoiler:As things turn out, none of them end up in the attic anyway.]]
* PlayingGertrude: Andy's mother looks almost as young as he does.
* PostKissCatatonia: A hilarious moment in Toy Story 3 when Spanish Buzz kisses Woody twice on the cheeks.
* PottyDance: Bonnie does this during playtime with Woody at her house.
* ThePowerOfLove: The scene where [[LatinLover Spanish]] [[DashingHispanic 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 [[PleaseDontLeaveMe chest]].
* PowerpuffGirlHands: Dolly has thumbless hands like WesternAnimation/ThePowerpuffGirls, but she has two lines of stitching on each hand that indicate fingers. Justified in that she is a ragdoll.
* PrisonEpisode: ''Toy Story 3'' itself, or at least a significant portion of it, has this with [[spoiler:Sunnyside]] being portrayed as essentially a prison. Bonus points for the [[CerebusSyndrome shock value]] of having a prison episode in a G-rated Creator/{{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?"
* PunchClockVillain: 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 HeelFaceTurn.
* PunishmentBox: The [[PunishmentBox sandbox]] at Sunnyside, which Lotso uses on Mr. Potatohead once he disrespects him. Modeled after the box in ''CoolHandLuke''.
* PutOnABus: 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.
* RaisedHandOfSurvival: Lotso on the ConveyorBeltODoom lifts his arm and yells HelpImStuck, upon which Woody and Buzz come to free him.
* RealMenWearPink: Lotso is a dark magenta teddy bear who runs Sunnyside with an iron fist, and the clothing-obsessed CampStraight Ken is one of the toughest guards.
* RecordNeedleScratch: 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."
* RedemptionDemotion: Inverted with Buzz, who once reset to Demo Mode serves Lotso well when locking away Andy's toys.
* RedemptionRejection: 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.
* RedRightHand: 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 ''WesternAnimation/ToyStory'' 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 ''WesternAnimation/ToyStory3'':
-->'''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.
* ReluctantGift: 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.
* ReplacementGoldfish: When Lotso returns to the little girl, he is shocked to discover that her parents bought her an identical Lot'o'Hug bear.
* ResetButton:
** 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.
* RomanticFalseLead: Spanish Buzz briefly viewed ''Woody'' as this when he sees Jessie hugging him.
* RubeGoldbergDevice: When the toys try to escape from the Caterpillar room, they employ a complicated sequence of events to get Buzz up on the transom.
* RunawayTrain: In the opening action sequence, Woody tries to stop the driverless train but fails. Cue for Buzz doing a {{Trainstopping}}.
* SadClown: Chuckles.
* SadisticChoice: 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."
* SameClothesDifferentYear: 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)
* SaveTheVillain: 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. [[spoiler: Lotso [[RedemptionRejection doesn't return]] [[UngratefulBastard the favor.]]]]
* ScaryLibrarian: Bookworm
* SceneryGorn: The dump, the conveyor belt and finally the incinerator.
* ScrewThisImOuttaHere: The last three Army Men (including Sarge) leave Andy's room in a hurry, knowing their fate will inevitably be the garbage. [[spoiler:They end up at Sunnyside Daycare instead.]]
* SecurityCling: 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.
* SerkisFolk: The film had some motion capture for the final scene where Buzz and Jessie dance together.
* SeriesFauxnale: Toy Story 4 was announced on November 6, 2014, even though this film made it seem like the conclusion of the franchise.
* ShooOutTheClowns:
** The Little Green Men being taken out (and apparently killed) early in the dump sequence. When they return, they [[BigDamnHeroes 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.
* ShoutOut:
** Bonnie has a [[Anime/MyNeighborTotoro Totoro doll]]. See [[http://www.nostalgie.be/images/journal-du-cinema/2014/3-mars/totoro-toy-story.jpg 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 CoolHandLuke. 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 GreatEscape movie.
** Big Baby threw Lotso into the dumpster in a similar way to how [[Film/ReturnOfTheJedi Darth Vader killed Palpatine]]. Interestingly, in the Brazilian dub, Lotso's voice actor is the same as Vader's.
** Woody [[AnkleDrag 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 ''WesternAnimation/TheBraveLittleToaster'', 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: [[Franchise/ScoobyDoo "And I would've gotten away with it, too, if it weren't for]] [[YouMeddlingKids you meddling toys!"]]
** The CymbalBangingMonkey, is based off of the Creator/StephenKing story "The Monkey".
** Barbie and Ken's outfits during the dance sequence at the end is a reference to ''Film/SaturdayNightFever''.
** 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 ShoutOut. Between the name, nature, appearance, and the Viral Commercial for the toy, he's obviously meant to be one of the Franchise/CareBears gone horribly, horribly wrong. And he's paraphrasing a quote from ''TheBridgeOnTheRiverKwai''.
** Also from the opening sequence, Rex's roar is taken straight out of ''Film/JurassicPark''. A natural move, considering his appearance on the car's mirror during a scene in Al's Toy Barn from [[WesternAnimation/ToyStory2 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 ''WaynesWorld''.
* ShownTheirWork:
** ''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 ''DancingWithTheStars'' veterans Tony Dovolani and Cheryl Burke.
** Woody MissionImpossibleCableDrop from a tree.
* ShrinkingViolet: Bonnie. Her toys and later Andy are the only people she opens up to.
* ShutUpHannibal: Woody gives Lotso pointing out how he's motivated partially by selfishness.
* SickeninglySweethearts: Ken and Barbie ("I..." "...love..." "...you!" "See? That time ''I'' said love!")
* SilenceYouFool: Demo Mode Buzz says this to Jessie when he captured the toys.
* SlowMotionFall: When Bonnie tosses her dolls in the air, for a short moment we see Woody falling in slow motion.
* SmarterThanYouLook:
** 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.
* TheSociopath: Lotso.
* SoLongSuckers: Lotso pulls this on Woody and the others when he refuses to save them after ''[[DirtyCoward they]]'' saved ''him'', and instead leaves them for dead at the incinerator and shouts, [[spoiler:"Where's your kid now, Sheriff?!"]]
* SoMuchForStealth: During the GreatEscape 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.
* SpeakInUnison: During their LoveAtFirstSight encounter, Barbie and Ken finish the sentence "...made for each other." together which they take as a confirmation of that line.
* SpeakOfTheDevil: Lotso uses this line when the garbage truck arrives.
* SplitPersonality: Buzz's [[LatinLover "Spanish]] [[DashingHispanic Mode"]], activated by pressing a reset button hidden in his back [[NeverTrustATrailer for more than five seconds]], could be an example of this.
* StartOfDarkness: 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.
* StealthPun: All of the toys when in Toy Mode.
** The preschooler believed to be [[WesternAnimation/MonstersInc Boo]] is playing with a blue "Kitty."
** The aliens rescue the toys from the incinerator with the crane, an example of a DeusExMachina. The actual term means "god out of a machine", and the aliens believe "the Claw" to be their god.
* StepfordSmiler:
** 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.
* TheStoolPigeon: 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.
* StrawberryShorthand: Lotso smells like strawberries, which makes him appear [[BitchInSheepsClothing more likable than he really is]].
* SuddenlyShouting: "He was putting you IN THE ATTIC!"
* SurveillanceStationSlacker: The CymbalBangingMonkey, never taking his eyes of the monitors.
* TakeAThirdOption: Done in the FakeOutOpening, 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!"
* TakingYouWithMe: Lotso's AnkleDrag on Woody from inside the dumpster.
* {{Team|Mom}} [[TeamDad Parents]]: {{Franchise/Barbie}} and Ken to the toys of Sunnyside in the epilogue.
* TemptingFate: Woody in the [[ConveyorBeltODoom trash collectors]]: "We will be okay if we stick together. Cue Slinky Dog being pulled to the ceiling by the magnet.
* TertiarySexualCharacteristics: Subverted by Buttercup, who by all appearances should be female, but Jeff Garlin's voice is about as masculine as you can get.
* TheyCallMeMisterTibbs:
** 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!"
* ThiefBag: In the opening scene, Mr Potato Head is swiping several such bags from a train car.
* ThirdIs3D: 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".
* ThisIsGonnaSuck: 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.
* ThisIsNoTimeToPanic: Could also be seen as a CallBack 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?!?\\
'''[[TheOtherDarrin Slinky]]:''' No!\\
'''Mr. Potato Head:''' Yes!\\
'''Buzz:''' Maybe! But not right now!
* ThreeAmigos: Woody, Jessie and Buzz in young Andy's playtime imagination.
-->'''Spanish Buzz:''' żQue vá alli? żAMIGOS? żO ENEMIGOS?\\
'''Woody:''' Uh, Amigos! We're all amigos!
* ThwartedEscape: The GreatEscape from Sunnyside comes to an abrupt end when Lotso steps in, right before Andy's toys are in safe territory.
* TimeSkip: 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.
* TinyGuyHugeGirl: Buzz is noticeably shorter then Jessie.
* TogetherInDeath: Expected in-universe but narrowly averted.
-->"The most important thing is that we stick together. No matter what happens, we stick together."
* TooDumbToLive: The [=LGM=]s 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. [[spoiler:Then subverted when they turn up later in the incinerator scene, none the worse for wear]].
* TownWithADarkSecret: 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.
* TrailersAlwaysSpoil
** If [[spoiler: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 [[spoiler:the fact that the toys (or at least Buzz and Jessie) don't die in the incinerator]]. That scene of [[spoiler: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 [[spoiler:Lotso being evil by removing Mrs. Potato's mouth.]]
* TrainJob: Mr Potato Head is robbing money from the train in the opening ActionPrologue.
* {{Trainstopping}}: In the opening sequence, Woody fails to save the RunawayTrain filled with orphan trolls before it falls over a destroyed bridge... cue the BigDamnHeroes moment for Buzz as he catches the train in midair and saves the day.
* TraintopBattle: Between Woody and Mr. and Ms. Potato Head in the FakeActionPrologue.
* TranslatedCoverVersion: The movie ends with the Gipsy Kings performing a Spanish-language cover of "You've Got a Friend in Me".
* TraumaSwing: Big Baby sitting upon the playground swing staring at the moon.
* TrueCompanions: An overacting theme.
** Buzz refuses to [[WeCanRuleTogether 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 [[TakeAThirdOption 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.
* TwoGirlsToATeam: Jessie and Mrs. Potato Head among Andy's (and later [[spoiler: Bonnie's]]) toys.
* UndersideRide: During Woody's first escape from the Sunnyside daycare center, he crosses floors by riding underneath the janitor's trolley.
* {{Unicorn}}: Buttercup, who is surprisingly [[DeadpanSnarker sarcastic]].
* UngratefulBastard: Lotso.
* UnresolvedSexualTension: Between Buzz and Jessie. Surprisingly no RelationshipUpgrade happens.
* UnspokenPlanGuarantee: The only detail we get to hear of the GreatEscape plan is that they will use the garbage chutes to escape, and of course, everything works perfectly [[ThwartedEscape up until]] that stage of the escape.
* [[UsedToBeASweetKid Used to Be a Sweet Toy]]: Lotso, according to Chuckles.
* VillainousBreakdown: Lotso is cheerfully calm until Woody mentions [[spoiler: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 [[spoiler:Big Baby]]'s BerserkButton.
* TheVoiceless: Totoro can make growls and roaring sounds in his original appearance, but he's completely silent in this movie.
* WeCanRuleTogether: To Buzz and, to a lesser extent, {{Franchise/Barbie}}. To their credit, the bad guys make an effort to be [[BitchInSheepsClothing as nice as possible while doing this]]. You don't even realize that Lotso is a villain until Buzz rejects his offer.
* WeNeedADistraction: During the break-out, Mr. Potato Head fakes an escape to distracts Buzz and the CymbalBangingMonkey, so that Woody and Slinky Dog can slip out unnoticed.
* WhamLine:
** When Slink reveals that [[spoiler:all the other toys are gone.]]
** 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?
** Two more in rapid succession: [[OhCrap "I don't think that's daylight..."]] and [[spoiler:"Where's your kid now, Sheriff?!"]]
* WhereAreTheyNowEpilogue: The CreativeClosingCredits.
* WhipItGood; In the intro, Woody is shown to be quite adept with a whip.
* WimpFight: Between Hamm and Rex during the escape plan. Understandable since only one of them actually has arms.
* WipeThatSmileOffYourFace: Mrs. Potato Head gets her mouth pulled off when she starts complaining, but her husband snatches it back for her.
* WomenPreferStrongMen: Played for laughs [[http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/prefermuscle_2893.jpg when Mrs. Potato head meets Twitch]].
* WorldOfHam: The FakeOutOpening. Imagine lines like "Well, I brought My [[EverythingsBetterwithDinosaurs DINOSAUR]], WHO EATS [[NinjaPirateZombieRobot FORCE FIELD DOGS!]]" and "[[InsistentTerminology That's MR.]] [[CardCarryingVillain Evil Dr. Pork Chop]] to you!" taken perfectly seriously.
* WouldHurtAChild: To show how horrible is Lotso, he shoves Big Baby (a toy, mentally a baby) in the stomach during his MotiveRant.
* YouHaveToBelieveMe: 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 SpyEye to reveal the truth.
* YouWouldntBelieveMeIfIToldYou: 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!
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->''Whatever happens, we'll always be together.''
->''For infinity and beyond.''
-->-- '''Woody and Buzz.'''