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* EightPointEight: The only reason this movie didn't duplicate the 100% rating on Rotten Tomatoes that its predecessors got? ''Two bad reviews--JUST TWO.'' If that hadn't happened, then ''Toy Story'' would have made history. The worst part of it? Neither of the reviews were legitimately criticizing the film, one was a troll seeking to prevent this exact achievement, and the other was a [[MoralGuardians hand-wringing pearl-clutcher]] who didn't like how dark and intense it was for a G-rated film.

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* EightPointEight: The only reason this movie didn't duplicate the 100% rating on Rotten Tomatoes that its predecessors got? ''Two bad reviews--JUST TWO.'' If that hadn't happened, then the first three ''Toy Story'' movies would have made history. history as the first film trilogy to achieve this. The worst part of it? Neither of the reviews were legitimately criticizing the film, film; one was a troll seeking to prevent this exact achievement, and the other was a [[MoralGuardians hand-wringing pearl-clutcher]] who didn't like how dark and intense it was for a G-rated film.


* CompleteMonster: Lotso is the [[BigBad ruler]] of Sunnyside Daycare, and oppresses the other toys through brute force and violence. Originally the favorite toy of a young girl named Daisy, Lotso was mistakenly lost and replaced, leading him to believe that [[StrawNihilist all toys were worthless and unloved]]. Taking over Sunnyside, Lotso subjects the toys in the Caterpillar Room to horrid mistreatment from the younger children. When Andy's toys request that they be relocated to the Butterfly Room, Lotso [[BrainwashedAndCrazy resets Buzz Lightyear]] and has him beat down his friends, showing a cold satisfaction while doing so. When Woody frees the toys and they attempt to escape, Lotso has [[JackBauerInterrogationTechnique Chatter Telephone beaten]] in order to get him to explain Woody's escape plan before ordering the toys disposed of in the dumpster. When his minions turn on him and he is taken to the dump, along with Andy's toys, he abandons them to burn to death in the incinerator, [[UngratefulBastard ignoring that they had previously saved his life]]. While he has a tragic backstory, Woody himself [[FreudianExcuseIsNoExcuse calls him out on how weak it is]], stating that Lotso had abandoned her, not the other way around. Sociopathic and misanthropic, Lotso may have [[FauxAffablyEvil appeared innocent]], but was depraved at his core.

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* CompleteMonster: Lotso [[Characters/ToyStoryLotso Lots-o' Huggin Bear]] is the [[BigBad ruler]] of Sunnyside Daycare, and oppresses the other toys through brute force and violence. Originally the favorite toy of a young girl named Daisy, Lotso was mistakenly lost and replaced, leading him to believe that [[StrawNihilist all toys were worthless and unloved]]. Taking over Sunnyside, Lotso subjects the toys in the Caterpillar Room to horrid mistreatment from the younger children. When Andy's toys request that they be relocated to the Butterfly Room, Lotso [[BrainwashedAndCrazy resets Buzz Lightyear]] and has him beat down his friends, showing a cold satisfaction while doing so. When Woody frees the toys and they attempt to escape, Lotso has [[JackBauerInterrogationTechnique Chatter Telephone beaten]] in order to get him to explain Woody's escape plan before ordering the toys disposed of in the dumpster. When his minions turn on him and he is taken to the dump, along with Andy's toys, he abandons them to burn to death in the incinerator, [[UngratefulBastard ignoring that they had previously saved his life]]. While he has a tragic backstory, Woody himself [[FreudianExcuseIsNoExcuse calls him out on how weak it is]], stating that Lotso had abandoned her, not the other way around. Sociopathic and misanthropic, Lotso may have [[FauxAffablyEvil appeared innocent]], but was depraved at his core.


* CompleteMonster: [[Characters/ToyStory3LotsOHugginBear Lots-o'-Huggin' Bear]] is the [[BigBad ruler]] of Sunnyside Daycare, and oppresses the other toys through brute force and violence. Originally the favorite toy of a young girl named Daisy, Lotso was mistakenly lost and replaced, leading him to believe that [[StrawNihilist all toys were worthless and unloved]]. Taking over Sunnyside, Lotso subjects the toys in the Caterpillar Room to horrid mistreatment from the younger children. When Andy's toys request that they be relocated to the Butterfly Room, Lotso [[BrainwashedAndCrazy resets Buzz Lightyear]] and has him beat down his friends, showing a cold satisfaction while doing so. When Woody frees the toys and they attempt to escape, Lotso has [[JackBauerInterrogationTechnique Chatter Telephone beaten]] in order to get him to explain Woody's escape plan before ordering the toys disposed of in the dumpster. When his minions turn on him and he is taken to the dump, along with Andy's toys, he abandons them to burn to death in the incinerator, [[UngratefulBastard ignoring that they had previously saved his life]]. While he has a tragic backstory, Woody himself [[FreudianExcuseIsNoExcuse calls him out on how weak it is]], stating that Lotso had abandoned her, not the other way around. Sociopathic and misanthropic, Lotso may have [[FauxAffablyEvil appeared innocent]], but was depraved at his core.

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* CompleteMonster: [[Characters/ToyStory3LotsOHugginBear Lots-o'-Huggin' Bear]] Lotso is the [[BigBad ruler]] of Sunnyside Daycare, and oppresses the other toys through brute force and violence. Originally the favorite toy of a young girl named Daisy, Lotso was mistakenly lost and replaced, leading him to believe that [[StrawNihilist all toys were worthless and unloved]]. Taking over Sunnyside, Lotso subjects the toys in the Caterpillar Room to horrid mistreatment from the younger children. When Andy's toys request that they be relocated to the Butterfly Room, Lotso [[BrainwashedAndCrazy resets Buzz Lightyear]] and has him beat down his friends, showing a cold satisfaction while doing so. When Woody frees the toys and they attempt to escape, Lotso has [[JackBauerInterrogationTechnique Chatter Telephone beaten]] in order to get him to explain Woody's escape plan before ordering the toys disposed of in the dumpster. When his minions turn on him and he is taken to the dump, along with Andy's toys, he abandons them to burn to death in the incinerator, [[UngratefulBastard ignoring that they had previously saved his life]]. While he has a tragic backstory, Woody himself [[FreudianExcuseIsNoExcuse calls him out on how weak it is]], stating that Lotso had abandoned her, not the other way around. Sociopathic and misanthropic, Lotso may have [[FauxAffablyEvil appeared innocent]], but was depraved at his core.

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** It was rumored that [[WesternAnimation/MonstersInc Boo]] could be seen in the Butterfly room during the movie, but this was {{Jossed}}. Funnily enough, ''WesternAnimation/ToyStory4'' [[spoiler: actually ''does'' feature a legitimate cameo from Boo, where she's a student in Bonnie's kindergarten class, possibly in reference to these very rumors.]]


* TheyWastedAPerfectlyGoodPlot: Stinky Pete is implied to have actually grown to eventually like being played with by Emily (the girl he was "Given" to at the end of the second movie). Some feel it would have been amazing to have him reappear and be on their side.

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* TheyWastedAPerfectlyGoodPlot: Stinky Pete is implied to have actually grown to eventually like being played with by Emily Amy (the girl he was "Given" to at the end of the second movie). Some feel it would have been amazing to have him reappear and be on their side.


** Oddly enough, Toy Story 2 and 3 each had a similar reception when they were first announced, with fans feeling like the previous installment had a perfect ending, leaving no need for a sequel.

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** Oddly enough, Toy ''Toy Story 2 and 3 3'' each had a similar reception when they were first announced, with fans feeling like the previous installment had a perfect ending, leaving no need for a sequel.sequel.
* WhatAnIdiot:
** Andy is leaving for college, and his mother tells him he has to clear out his room. She gives him instructions that garbage bags hold trash, like his apple core, and cardboard boxes hold sentimental items for storage in the attic. \\
'''You'd Expect''': Andy to follow his mother's instructions. Despite having outgrown all of his toys, he's deeply attached to the ones that survived his childhood.\\
'''Instead''': He puts his toys in a garbage bag and leaves them below the attic door. Mrs. Davis on seeing the bag puts it in the trash. Later, Andy can't find his toys, and when he explains to his mother, she goes OhCrap. Fortunately, [[spoiler:the toys make it back before Andy leaves for college, and he thinks he just misplaced them, but still!]]
** Woody runs with a pair of scissors to save his friends, who manage to escape the garbage truck. By the time he catches up, however, they believe that Andy has abandoned them. Jessie is particularly hurt since it triggered her abandonment issues and claustrophobia. Woody tells them that Andy was putting them in the attic.\\
'''You'd Expect''': That they would believe Woody, and return to the attic on their own, before Andy notices they're gone.\\
'''Instead''': The toys don't believe Woody, especially since Andy's taking him to college. Jessie decides to go with Molly's abandoned Barbie to the local daycare. [[spoiler:They soon find that the daycare is a FalseUtopia for new toys, and its leader Lotso won't let them return when Mrs. Potato Head sees through her missing eye that Andy is looking for them. Jessie apologizes to Woody when he comes back for them, lampshading that the toys were wrong.]]
** Lotso explains to Buzz how the "system" at Sunnyside works and offers to let Buzz join his team and live in luxury in the Butterfly Room. Buzz doesn't question the system, accepting that it "makes sense," but declines the offer because he refuses to leave his friends.\\
'''You'd Expect''': Lotso would say, "Okay," and let Buzz go willingly back to the Caterpillar Room (where Lotso originally planned for him to go in the beginning) with his friends. There's no threat of rebellion at this point (just the opposite, in fact!), no danger to his system continuing to run as it always has. Buzz and the rest of Andy's toys still see him as a benevolent leader doing what's best for everyone.\\
'''Instead''': Buzz unknowingly triggers Lotso's BerserkButton when he uses the family justification, and Lotso brainwashes Buzz into serving him purely out of spite. He then goes and informs the rest of Andy's toys that they're not allowed to leave, revealing that them ending up in the Caterpillar Room wasn't a mistake and that Sunnyside "isn't a family, it's a prison," which, of course, leads to the rebellion that he tries to have Buzz stop, even though it was triggered by Lotso brainwashing Buzz and having him attack the others.


* ValuesDissonance: Most of the humor centered around Ken is that he's made a ButtMonkey for his lack of "traditional masculinity", and both the heroes and villains show discomfort around him. It's yet another example of Disney queercoding its villains.

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** Thought the scene of Andy sacrificing Woody to Bonnie after giving away all his other toys was enough? Come Toy Story 4 and Bonnie has been outright neglecting Woody in favour of the other toys.


* FunnyAneurysmMoment: "Authority should derive from the consent of the governed, not by threat of force!" Three words: Egypt, Tunisia, Libya.



** When Woody lists the friends they lost while Andy grew up, he mentions Wheezy. In ''WesternAnimation/ToyStory2'', Woody saved Wheezy from being put in a yard sale. On top of that, both Wheezy's speaking and singing voice actors, Joe Ranft and Music/RobertGoulet, have passed away.

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** When Woody lists the friends they lost while Andy grew up, he mentions Wheezy. In ''WesternAnimation/ToyStory2'', Woody saved Wheezy from being put in a yard sale. On top of that, both Wheezy's speaking and singing voice actors, Joe Ranft and Music/RobertGoulet, Creator/RobertGoulet, have passed away.



* SugarWiki/HeReallyCanAct: After playing mostly harmless characters who are {{Nice Guy}}s, {{Butt Monkey}}s, {{Reasonable Authority Figure}}s or an AffablyEvil IneffectualSympatheticVillain like Otis from ''Film/SupermanTheMovie'' and ''Film/SupermanII'', Ned Beatty proves he can play a completely monstrous villain like Lotso, who happens to be more monstrous then his past villain character and second acting role in his career Sheriff J.C. Conners from ''White Lightning'' and that's saying something.

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* SugarWiki/HeReallyCanAct: After playing mostly harmless characters who are {{Nice Guy}}s, {{Butt Monkey}}s, {{Reasonable Authority Figure}}s or an AffablyEvil IneffectualSympatheticVillain like Otis from ''Film/SupermanTheMovie'' and ''Film/SupermanII'', Ned Beatty Creator/NedBeatty proves he can play a completely monstrous villain like Lotso, who happens to be more monstrous then his past villain character and second acting role in his career Sheriff J.C. Conners from ''White Lightning'' and that's saying something.


** When Woody lists the friends they lost while Andy grew up, he mentions Wheezy. In ''WesternAnimation/ToyStory2'', Woody saved Wheezy from being put in a yard sale. On top of that, both Wheezy's speaking and singing voice actors, Joe Ranft and Robert Goulet, have passed away.

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** When Woody lists the friends they lost while Andy grew up, he mentions Wheezy. In ''WesternAnimation/ToyStory2'', Woody saved Wheezy from being put in a yard sale. On top of that, both Wheezy's speaking and singing voice actors, Joe Ranft and Robert Goulet, Music/RobertGoulet, have passed away.


* ContinuityLockout: True, this isn't ''[[Film/TheMatrix The Matrix Revolutions]]'' but viewers new to the series may wonder why the green aliens are constantly talking about "the Claw". An attempt to bridge this gap is made when they first arrive at the daycare. The aliens point at a construction vehicle toy with a claw and say "The Claw!" to establish that connection with new viewers.

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* ContinuityLockout: True, this isn't ''[[Film/TheMatrix The Matrix Revolutions]]'' ''Film/TheMatrix'' but viewers new to the series may wonder why the green aliens are constantly talking about "the Claw". An attempt to bridge this gap is made when they first arrive at the daycare. The aliens point at a construction vehicle toy with a claw and say "The Claw!" to establish that connection with new viewers.


** Sarge's last words in the film are "It has been an honor serving with you. Good luck, folks." This ended up being R. Lee Ermey's last words in the franchise as he died about eight years after the film’s release in 2018.

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** Sarge's last words in the film are "It has been an honor serving with you. Good luck, folks." This ended up being R. Lee Ermey's Creator/RLeeErmey's last words in the franchise as he died about eight years after the film’s release in 2018.


* AngstAversion: This movie is notorious for being ''very'' depressing to watch. It has everything from a brutal dictatorship to child abuse, to the inevitable prospect of a slow and sad death. The list goes on.
%%* AssPull: Woody and the gang [[spoiler: getting rescued from the incinerator by the aliens.]] This scene specifically breaks Pixar's own 19th rule of storytelling.

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* AngstAversion: This movie is notorious for being ''very'' depressing to watch. It has everything from a brutal dictatorship to child abuse, to the inevitable prospect of a slow and sad death. The list goes on.
%%* AssPull: Woody
on. As mentioned below, it gets so dark and the gang [[spoiler: getting rescued grim at times that a number of fans were genuinely afraid Pixar ''wouldn't'' save their iconic toys from a violent demise by incineration. It's not for nothing that this movie is often called (even by ''professional film critics)one of the incinerator by the aliens.]] This scene specifically breaks Pixar's own 19th rule of storytelling.top ten "movies where [[ManlyTears grown men cry.]]"



* HeartwarmingInHindsight: Woody's line to Buzz "This isn't goodbye" can be seen as this to the entire franchise, as with the animated shorts and a fourth movie, this movie is not our goodbye to these characters. Especially if [[Franchise/KingdomHearts Sora]] pays the toys a visit in the future..

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* HeartwarmingInHindsight: Woody's line to Buzz "This isn't goodbye" can be seen as this to the entire franchise, as with the animated shorts and a [[WesternAnimation/ToyStory4 fourth movie, movie]], this movie is not our goodbye to these characters. Especially if [[Franchise/KingdomHearts Sora]] pays the toys a visit in the future..


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* SignatureScene: The terrifying, trauma-inducing incinerator climax, and Andy's final goodbye to Woody. Both are all but synonymous with "movie scenes that make grown men sob like children."


** The incinerator? A metaphor for Hell. The whole journey through the Dump could be a condensed, metaphorical adaptation for [[Literature/TheDivineComedy Dante's Inferno]].

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** The incinerator? A metaphor for Hell. The whole journey through the Dump could be a condensed, metaphorical adaptation for [[Literature/TheDivineComedy Dante's Inferno]]. Complete with them all joining hands in what looks very much like a final ''prayer'' before being rescued from the fiery pit by a giant hand that descends from the heavens in a beam of light.

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