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Lots-o'-Huggin' Bear
Voiced by: Ned Beatty

Lots-o'-Huggin' Bear (AKA: Lotso) is a big pink teddy bear that smells like strawberries. He is the leader of the Daycare Toys. After his original owner lost him, he came to Sunnyside. He quickly took over, and rules with an iron fist of hugs. When Andy's toys are donated, he puts them in the Caterpillar Room, where they are tortured by the young children that play there.

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  • Abusive Parent: He serves as a father figure to Big Baby. However, his treatment of him is flat-out child abuse, as he frequently brings up Daisy's supposed abandonment of them to make Big Baby loyal to him despite his cruelty. When Big Baby hears the truth about Daisy from Woody, Lotso resorts to physically beating Big Baby during his Villainous Breakdown, (though this backfires on him horribly).
  • Absence Makes the Heart Go Yonder: When Lotso returned to Daisy, he discovers that she had replaced him with an identical toy in the meantime. Justified trope, as there was no way that Daisy could have expected Lotso to return home by himself.
  • And I Must Scream: A rather literal example in comparison to the Trope Namer, since he has to keep his mouth closed to keep the bugs and dirt out of it — though likely only when the truck's moving, considering that the other toys had to open their mouths to warn him.
  • The Alcatraz: In essence, Sunnyside Day Care Center is a toy version of Alcatraz or ADX Florence, with Lotso as its warden. And it takes an unusually dark turn when Lotso refuses to let the toys escape back to Andy, and has them jailed in the daycare's storage crates. Jack Bauer Interrogation Technique and Big Brother Is Watching all apply here.
  • Ankle Drag: Lotso catches Woody's ankle and pulls him into the garbage container at Sunnyside.
  • And There Was Much Rejoicing: The Stinger shows that Ken and Barbie have made Sunnyside "cool and groovy", while Lotso's minions were Easily Forgiven after they realized Lotso duped them into his nihilistic mindset.
  • Armor-Piercing Question:
    • Lotso begins his Villainous Breakdown when Woody asks him about Daisy.
    • "Where's your kid now, sheriff?" is probably his stubborn attempt at one to prove his point once and for all about what he believes to be an inevitable fate for all toys; to be thrown away into nothing while their owners move on without them. Too bad he didn't get to see how much he failed.
  • Ax-Crazy: He is so mentally ill that even his subordinates fear him.
  • Bad Boss: Towards his other henchmen.
    • He flips out when he realizes Big Baby still cares about their owner upon gazing tearfully at the heart locket Woody received from Chuckles earlier, which he smashes and then even whacking his most submissive and loyal minion with his cane in a fit of rage.
      "WHAT?! You want your "mommy" back?! She never loved you! Don't be such a BABY!"
    • Even the daycare toys that serve Lotso are implied to be terrified of his wrath. They make nervous exchanges when Lotso politely but ominously asks if any of them want to support Ken's rebellion, and flinch when he turns on Big Baby. Lotso then yells at them for believing that kids truly love their toys. But this ultimately shows his true nature, in that he sees them as nothing more than Unwitting Pawns to serve his own goals.
  • Bait the Dog:
    • When new toys, such as the main group, arrive at the daycare, he leads them on a sweet tour of the Butterfly Room and how it has everything a toy could ever ask for. Then he places them in the Caterpillar Room, where they essentially become cannon fodder for the destructive toddlers.
    • After Woody and Buzz save his life, he seemingly tries to help them in return by using the emergency stop button to stop the conveyor belt leaving to the incinerator... only for Lotso to abandon them once he no longer needs their help to escape.
  • Bears Are Bad News: While he seems like a pretty nice guy at first, on the inside he's evil.
  • Bear Hug: From Lots-O'-Huggin' Bear. This only serves as a veneer for his true self.
  • Beary Friendly: Subverted. He's Bright Is Not Good taken Up to Eleven.
  • Berserk Button: The very word "family" seems to be this for Lotso.
  • Big Bad: The main antagonist of the third film. He's the ringleader of a daycare dictatorship, who breaks, brainwashes, and tries to have Woody and his friends thrown away in the course of the movie, ultimately leaving Woody and co. to burn in the garbage dump's incinerator even though they saved his life a minute earlier.
  • Big Bad Wannabe: With that said, while he is the main antagonist and views himself as quite the spirit-crushing Straw Nihilist, his own cowardice and helplessness before the world's mistreatment of toys shows he doesn't even believe his own motives, making him little more than a weaselly self-absorbed bully within the already threatening world for toys.
  • Big Brother Is Watching: Sunnyside Day Care Center has a lot of surveillance cameras, and it's through this that enables Lotso to maintain his grip. The Cymbal-Banging Monkey is checking the daycare security monitors at night, without ever going to sleep. And it's an Oh, Crap! moment for any toy who dares to escape...
  • Big Ol' Eyebrows: His bushy eyebrows.
  • Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: He is shown to be friendly and somewhat approachable at first, but later turns out to be a sadistic, manipulative, cruel and evil teddy bear.
  • Blatant Lies: He claims that Daisy also replaced Chuckles and Big Baby as well, bitterly preventing either of them from going back to Daisy without him. Chuckles triggers Lotso's Berserk Button by pointing this out.
    Losto: She replaced us. Come on.
    Chuckles: No, she only replaced y...
    Lotso: She replaced all of us! Didn't she?!
  • Body Horror: As part of his Fate Worse than Death, he's ultimately going to decay like the other plush toys he's stuck with.
  • Bodyguard Betrayal: Lotso's bodyguards defect en masse upon seeing him hit Big Baby with his cane violently and when they realized that he's just a total monster rotten to the core.
  • Bright Is Not Good: Lotso, the movie's Big Bad, is a bright pink teddy bear that smells of strawberries and looks unassuming; however he's quite possibly the most evil of all of the bad guys within the franchise.
  • Broken Pedestal: He duped Big Baby into thinking Daisy never loved them, but when Woody exposes his lies, Big Baby simply tosses him down a dumpster, while his minions immediately defect from him after he goes on a Motive Rant about why toys are "trash waiting to be thrown away."
  • The Bully: His sole motivation in life is just to torture and mentally crush any toy into loathing their existence as much as he does. Even Jessie calls him that. He especially is a huge one towards Big Baby.
  • Cavalry Refusal: He cements himself as an irredeemable monster when he refuses to save the heroes from the incinerator despite the effort required to do so adding up to pushing a small button at no personal risk to himself.
  • Chekhov's Gun: 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 pull a Heel–Face Turn.
  • Classy Cane: Lotso uses a wooden mallet as a cane.
  • Classic Villain: Wrath, Pride and Envy all rolled into one Killer Teddy Bear. He used to be Daisy's favorite toy, but when he was accidentally left behind and replaced by another Lotso, it caused him to believe toys are just "trash meant to be thrown away." As a result, he vented his own anger out at the other toys as the cruel and despotic ruler of Sunnyside Daycare, and has grown to hate children for their constant destruction and abandonment of toys. But as Woody points out, his Freudian Excuse Is No Excuse for his crimes, and when ultimately left to face his own preached outlook, he is a Dirty Coward through and thorough.
  • Contrasting Sequel Antagonist: To Stinky Pete. While Pete genuinely thought he knew what was best for Woody, Lotso doesn't care about anybody other than himself. All the previous antagonists were redeeming or non-malicious in some way, but Lotso isn't, especially when he threw a good opportunity to do a good deed to the trash.
  • Consummate Liar: He lies to Big Baby that Daisy never loved him, and to the other Sunnyside Daycare toys that all toys are trash meant to be thrown away. It's interestingly Double Subverted, as Lotso makes it very clear that he actually does believe both these things. He lies to himself just as much as anyone else.
  • Cool Old Guy: Is quite friendly to the toys when they first arrive to the Day Care. Eventually subverted, since he's Faux Affably Evil. His Cool Old Guy persona is just a front for his true personality as a truly vicious monster that's rotten to the core.
  • The Corrupter: A big liar and master manipulator to Big Baby, corrupting him into becoming The Dragon.
  • Corrupt Hick: Has an American Southern accent and runs Sunnyside with an iron fist.
  • Crapsaccharine World: Sunnyside Daycare seems like a bright, colorful heaven where there are always children to lovingly play with the toys, but it's actually a brutal and tyrannical dictatorship ruled by Lotso. Most of the daycare's toys get subjected to rough playtimes with the toddlers rather than the loving playtimes with the older children, and any defiant toys get imprisoned in cubbies, forced to stay the night in the sandbox, interrogated, brainwashed, or thrown into the daycare's dumpster to go to the landfill. Also, Lotso is revealed to be a truly monstrous villain, but once he's gone, the daycare center becomes a genuinely sweet place under Ken and Barbie.
  • Cute Giant: He's a teddy bear, and is much bigger than the protagonists, but his demeanor contrasts his appearance.
  • Cute Is Evil: He's a pink, plush teddy bear, yet he runs Sunnyside Day Care with an iron fist, letting his cronies boss around other toys who have to suffer being roughed-up by the rambunctious toddlers in the Caterpillar Room. He also has deep-seated anger and resentment issues from when his old owner replaced him.
  • The Cynic: After his Start of Darkness, he believed that no kid truly loved their toys.
  • Cynicism Catalyst: He was accidentally left behind and replaced by another Lotso, causing him to believe toys are just "trash meant to be thrown away." But as Woody points out, it doesn't excuse his actions.
  • Dark and Troubled Past: Being left behind and then replaced by his child. A sad twist to it is said by Woody to Lotso, though he's way too far gone at this point to listen. Humans don't know toys are alive. Lotso's owner didn't know that Lotso was an individual, and replacing him was a sign of how much she loved her toy. In the end, she didn't abandon Lotso so much as Lotso abandoned her.
  • Despair Event Horizon: Being accidentally left behind by Daisy's parents, and returning to the house to find that he'd been replaced. His faith was completely shattered, as was his ability to love. From that moment on, the lovable, huggable toy was gone, and only the cold, evil dictator was left.
    Chuckles: Something changed inside Lotso that day. Something snapped.
  • Dirty Coward: He quickly shows himself to be this when Big Baby turns on him. After acting like an Abusive Parent to Big Baby and ranting about how toys are trash, he quickly begs Big Baby not to leave him in the dumpster when Big Baby tosses him in. Big Baby understandably ignores his pleas.
    • He shows his cowardice again during the incinerator scene where he begs Woody and his friends to help him, only to leave them behind to save himself.
  • Does This Remind You of Anything?: Lotso's treatment of Big Baby is eerily similar to an abusive parent. He casually mentions that he and Big Baby were both "thrown out", which is implied to be something he regularly tells Big Baby to make the latter more dependant on him. When his lies are later proven false by Woody, Lotso's mistreatment becomes more passionate as he destroys Daisy's locket and angrily tells Big Baby that Daisy never loved him, and he even physically beats Big Baby with his cane before Big Baby finally turns on him.
  • The Dreaded: Bonnie's toys are shown to be frightened by Lotso. And most toys at Sunnyside don't even dare challenge his authority, lest they face his wrath. Those that tried to escape often met a violent end.
  • Entitled to Have You: After seeing that Daisy replaced him, Lotso jealously drags away Big Baby and Chuckles, not wanting them to have equal share of Daisy, in a disturbingly similar way to how Woody behaved in the first film.
    Woody: If you couldn't have her, then no one could!
  • Et Tu, Brute?: After he mourns that Daisy abandoned them, Chuckles points out she only abandoned Lotso. Whether or not Chuckles was dismissing his situation, the bad wording only further embittered Lotso.
  • Everyone Calls Him "Barkeep": Everybody calls him Lotso.
  • Evil All Along: He has a warm-looking personality, but is revealed to run the daycare center out of the other toys' fear, and later on, leaves Andy's toys for dead after his life gets spared in the incinerator.
  • Evil Cannot Comprehend Good: Pixar themselves described Lotso as someone who, after his Start of Darkness, believes that love is a lie and never truly existed ("Ain't no kid ever loved a toy really!") He cannot fathom Ken's loyalty to Barbie or Woody and Buzz's loyalty to their friends after the latter declined Lotso's offer to join the Butterfly Room without his friends. Also, after he was lost and replaced by his original owner, it made him believe (in his warped, Straw Nihilist mindset) that he hadn't been special to her and that the love between him and her was a sham.
    Woody: She loved you, Lotso.
    Lotso: *outraged* SHE NEVER LOVED ME!!!
    Woody: She loved you. As much as any kid ever loved a toy!
  • Evil Counterpart: He and Woody happen to have very much in common. In short, he's essentially what would happen if Woody gave into his jealously and hatred. His 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, coercion, bullying, and outright violence instead of friendship and love. Whereas Woody decides he wants what's best for Andy, Lotso has grown to hate children for their constant destruction and abandonment of toys. Like Woody, he also faced the prospect of being replaced (Lotso with a replacement Lotso, Woody with Buzz), but where Woody eventually found an accord with Buzz, Lotso sank into bitterness and maliciously took his rejection out on the world around him.
  • Evil Former Friend: To Chuckles and eventually, Big Baby.
  • Evil Is Petty: Often does this throughout the film.
  • Evil Mentor: He's the one who corrupted Big Baby into becoming The Dragon to his gang.
  • Evil Old Folks: He seems a Cool Old Guy at first before revealing his true colors.
  • Evil Overlord: Of Sunnyside. Lotso seems like a Cool Old Guy at first, but as the plot progresses, it's revealed that he runs Sunnyside like an absolute dictator with an iron fist, showing a total willingness to brutalize and torture toys. In essence, he's running a toy version of ADX Florence, with him as the prison warden and his henchmen serving as his enforcers.
  • Evil Running Good: While Sunnyside may seem like a day-care, it's actually run by a Killer Teddy Bear who rules with an iron fist, like any tyrannical dictator.

  • Face–Heel Turn: At first, he was a kind-hearted friend of Daisy. Then, when he found out he was replaced, he became a straight-up villain.
  • Face of an Angel, Mind of a Demon: Lotso has an adorable appearance and seems plush and huggable, but he is a complete tyrant, and arguably the Knight of Cerebus of the entire Toy Story franchise. Buttercup lampshades it when he talks to Woody.
  • False Utopia: Sunnyside, which Lotso rules as a dictator. By day, it's a fun little day-care, but at night, it turns into a prison hold, with him as its ruler.
  • The Farmer and the Viper: Buzz and Woody risk their lives to save Lotso from the dump shredder, even though he had previously tried to kill them. Then, at the dump incinerator a few minutes later, it's Lotso's turn to repay the favor. Instead, he leaves Buzz, Woody, and all the toys to burn to death.
  • Fatal Flaw: He has two: his excessive pride and an inflated ego. He was proud of being Daisy's favorite toy, but when he was lost and replaced by his original owner, it made him believe that toys are destined to be thrown away by their owners. Of course, this doesn't excuse him from all of the terrible things he did despite the Monster Sob Story. It's his selfishness that brings him down, as when he attempts to go Karma Houdini after callously abandoning Woody and co. to die in the incinerator after they had just saved him, it bites him hard in the ass as a garbageman collects him and bounds him in front of a dump truck, ironically condemning himself to a Fate Worse than Death.
  • Fate Worse than Death: At the end of the film, he's bound down, bugs and mud flying in his face — for a long, long time. And if he does free himself from the front of the truck, he'll still be trapped in the dump. As the junior novelization of the film puts it, his fate was "worse than being a toy in the Caterpillar Room"! Now that is certainly karma at work. The others in that same position didn't sound that unhappy, though they might have just relished New Meat. Well, they still had spirit, anyway.
  • Faux Affably Evil: His nice demeanor hides a viciously sadistic villain. He may act affable at first, but it's really just a front to get you to trust him, and he's agreeable enough when you're on his good side. Disagree with him, however, and he smirks as he has you set to Demo Mode or sends said Demo-Mode'd buddy to lock you up, as Buzz found out the hard way. Lampshaded by Buttercup at Bonnie's house when he talks about Lotso: "The guy may seem plush and huggable on the outside, but inside, he's a monster".
  • Fluffy the Terrible: A cute pink teddy bear, and also one of the most vile villains Pixar has ever made.
  • Foreshadowing: When we first see Lotso, he's riding in the back of a toy dump truck — and he's seen doing this several more times in the film. He later causes the toys to get trapped inside a dump truck during the climax. His ultimate fate is to be tied to the front of a dump truck for the rest of his days.
  • For the Evulz: He has no motivation to abandon the heroes to the incinerator other than sheer sadism and spite.
  • Freudian Excuse: Deconstructed. Lotso was accidentally 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 was a lie. Thus, in his warped mind, all the love between kids and their toys is for suckers because for toys, it eventually leads to abandonment and being thrown away. But as Woody points out, it doesn't excuse him of his crimes.
  • Freudian Excuse Is No Excuse: Despite the obvious Monster Sob Story, it doesn't excuse him off his crimes as pointed out by Woody, in that he abandoned her, not the other way around, and he even lied to Baby about that and helped corrupt him.
  • From Nobody to Nightmare: He was once a soft-spoken, gentle, lovable teddy bear who first started out as a Christmas present for Daisy, a young kind-hearted girl who immediately became overjoyed the moment she unwrapped him. Along with her other two toys, Big Baby and Chuckles the Clown, she had so much fun playing with them, as she loved all three of them equally. But, according to Chuckles, Lotso was unique to her most of all. Things suddenly take a dramatic turn when on a family trip, as Daisy happily played with her toys including her very special Lotso, she fell asleep after lunch, accidentally leaving her toys behind. Lotso and his friends decided to go back home afterwards, but by the time they finally got there, it turned out Daisy bought another Lotso to compensate for the original one she lost during the trip. Right when Lotso saw this, something snapped inside him that day...
  • Go-Karting with Bowser: In the video game, he is a friendly character in Toy Box mode and only appears in one level of Story Mode, with his status as a villain only passingly mentioned once at a later point. He is completely absent from the Dump levels. The possibility is high that Toy Box Lotso may be a different character from Story Lotso, as there are lots of Lotsos out there, including the one that inadvertently helped cause Story Lotso's Start of Darkness.
  • Go Mad from the Revelation: Finding out he was replaced turned him into an Ax-Crazy tyrant.
  • Hannibal Lecture: Attempts one in the middle of a Villainous Breakdown. It's countered with a Shut Up, Hannibal!.
  • Hate Sink: He is shown to be a despicable character which is especially driven home when he leaves the toys to perish in the incinerator after Woody and Buzz had just rescued him from the shredders. The writing team went as far as doubling up his cruelty after learning that the test audiences sympathize with him too much.
  • Heel–Face Mole: Becomes one in the end. When he gets stuck under a heavy piece of junk on the Conveyor Belt o' Doom and cries out for help, Woody and Buzz come to his aid before Lotso could get shredded. But after they release him, he instead betrays them out of pure malice.
  • Help, I'm Stuck!: After Woody and Buzz come to his aid before he could get shredded, Lotso instead leaves them to be incinerated — with malicious intent.
  • Hoist by His Own Petard: Towards the end of the film, he leaves the toys to die in a garbage incinerator after Woody and Buzz saved him from the shredder. For a moment, it looks like he's going to be Karma Houdini as Woody tells the others "he's not worth it" upon escaping. But then, Lotso is found by a Cloudcuckoolander garbageman, who straps him to the front of his truck and drives off with him, ironically condemning himself to a Fate Worse than Death.
  • Humans Are the Real Monsters: He is a firm believer in this ideology after being replaced by his former owner.
  • Hypocrite: Despite his Straw Nihilist beliefs that toys are nothing more than trash waiting to be destroyed, he proved to be a sniveling and double-crossing Dirty Coward when his own hide was at risk in the trash heap.
  • If I Can't Have You...: Implied with Daisy. Lotso was Daisy's favourite toy, and after seeing that her parents replaced him after they were lost, he forces Chuckles and Big Baby to come with him even though they weren't replaced and could still go home. Woody even says this almost word-for-word as a Shut Up, Hannibal!:
    Lotso: She replaced us!
    Woody: She replaced you! And if you couldn't have her, no one could!
  • Implicit Prison: What Sunnyside Daycare is in essence, in that toys donated there are locked up, required to stay, and security is notoriously tight and draconian to deter any inmate from escaping.
  • Ironic Hell: His life's view is that toys are all just trash in the end, because kids don't truly love them. His ultimate fate? Trapped in the dump forever due to a grown man having some affection for him.
  • Irony: Lotso's Laser-Guided Karma is fitting because it has given him two things he had been asking for:
    • The true meaning of love, which he got from the Cloudcuckoolander garbage man, who remembered having another Lotso as a kid.
    • Ironically condemning himself to a Fate Worse than Death and a fitting end to a considerably miserable life after his attempt to become Karma Houdini failed, which he would face from the filth and mud; or from eventually being thrown away again.
  • It's All About Me: Other toys are a means to an end for his goals. By the end of the film, the other toys are dumped in a landfill and are nearly killed by a trash incinerator because of Lotso's selfishness.
  • Jack Bauer Interrogation Technique: He and his cronies brutally do this off-screen to the Chatter Telephone, as Woody and the others find out when they are stopped by Lotso at the dumpster during their escape.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Jerk: The one time he comes across as sympathetic is when he asks Woody and Buzz to risk their lives to save him and tries to turn off the Conveyor Belt of Doom — only to be undone when he abandons them purely out of spite.
  • Kick the Dog: Quite a few.
    • 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 Punishment Box just for defending his wife.
    • Throwing Woody's hat onto the prison floor to make it seem like Woody was tortured or killed (or both).
    • Literally kicking Slinky Dog across the dumpster when they are escaping, and tossing Ken violently when he chooses to defect.
    • Hitting Big Baby and destroying his "Daisy" locket with his cane when he begins to question Lotso's motives.
    • Last but not least, leaving the main toys to burn in the incinerator pit, including Buzz and Woody, who had both just risked their lives to save him.
  • Kids Are Cruel: Due to his previous owner, Lotso doesn't care about children, and only wants to keep his group of toys with the more mature, less chaotic children for their own convenience. He sees children as uncaring and willing to replace the toys that love them.
  • Killer Rabbit: He's cute, but don't let that fool you. This line from Buttercup nails it: "The guy may seem plushy and huggable on the outside, but on the inside, he's a monster."
  • Killer Teddy Bear: Although he doesn't kill any humans, he's more than willing to condemn his fellow toys be destroyed by an incinerator.
  • Knight of Cerebus: Aside from the point of view of sentient toys, Sid was a violent brat, Scud was a dog and therefore amoral, Al was a Fat Bastard, and Stinky Pete was a Well-Intentioned Extremist. But Lotso is a downright sociopathic monster who brings an aura of sheer brutality and menace never before seen in the series, and it's the confrontation with him at the dumpster that paves the way for one of the series' darkest scenes when he leaves the toys to get burnt to death in the incinerator after Woody and Buzz risked their lives to save him. Even Bonnie's toys are aware of his atrocities.

  • Large and in Charge: He's bigger than most of his subordinates, except for Big Baby.
  • Laser-Guided Karma: He leaves the toys to die in a garbage incinerator after Woody and Buzz saved him from the shredder. For a moment, it looks like he's going Karma Houdini as Woody tells the others "he's not worth it" upon escaping. But then, Lotso is found by a Cloudcuckoolander garbageman, who straps him to the front of his truck and drives off with him, ironically condemning himself to a Fate Worse than Death.
  • Light Is Not Good: Contrary to his Southern Gentleman appearance, he's a totally insane and rotten monster to the core.
  • Living Emotional Crutch: Daisy was this to Lotso, seeing how badly he handled being replaced by her.
  • Love Makes You Evil: After believing he was spurned by his beloved owner (who loved him more than anything in the world), he becomes a twisted tyrant of the daycare center and a G-rated Straw Nihilist.
  • Madden Into Misanthropy: After he snaps, he essentially takes over Sunnyside and turns it into a prison/dictatorship with him in charge.
  • Make an Example of Them: When Andy's toys are imprisoned at Sunnyside, Mr. Potato Head is singled out on Lotso's command and put into the Punishment Box, so all could witness what happened if they did not obey and to get them in line.
  • Manipulative Bastard: Poor Big Baby!
  • Misanthrope Supreme: Due to his extreme nihilistic tendencies, he believes toys are "trash waiting to be thrown away".
  • Moment Killer: Lotso interrupts Barbie and Ken's Love at First Sight moment underscored by a Record Needle Scratch.
  • Mood-Swinger: Often falls under this due to being Faux Affably Evil.
  • Monster Sob Story: He's got more than one Freudian Excuse to justify his actions even if they're monstrous, but it doesn't absolve him of his greatest and final sin in the movie. Which is why you cheer the ending. He's bad, we know why he's bad, but it still doesn't excuse and justify his actions in the slightest. To put it simply, Woody deconstructs his Freudian Excuse.
  • Motive Rant: Gives one about why toys are just "trash waiting to be thrown away," just before he throws them into the dumpster.
  • Murder by Cremation: He actually tries to kill Woody, Buzz Lightyear, and the rest of Andy's toys by literally leaving them all behind to die in a garbage incinerator (which is actually the toy equivalent of a crematorium). The heroes were all saved by the Aliens with the help of a large claw overhead, but still...
  • Murder by Inaction: Rather than save the toys from being roasted by the incinerator by pressing the emergency stop button to shut off the conveyer belt, Lotso instead decides to abandon the toys even after they risked their lives to save him.
  • A Nazi by Any Other Name: The toys that are working with Lotso at Sunnyside Daycare. Bonnie's toys see Sunnyside as a sort of concentration camp like Auschwitz. Lotso himself is fairly similar to any tyrannical dictator.
  • Near-Villain Victory: At the dump, Lotso abandons Woody and the gang after pretending to help them so they can face their imminent death in the incinerator, but are rescued by the aliens at the last minute by the loader they found. Had the aliens not wandered away from the gang and discovered the loader that would eventually rescue them, Lotso would have won.
  • Never My Fault: Blames Daisy for abandoning him, when it's the other way around.
  • Not So Different: His backstory involved him in a plot similar to the one Woody experienced in the first movie. But whereas Woody managed to get out of this via Character Development, Lotso never sought redemption.
  • Phrase-Catcher: "Smells of strawberries."
  • Poisonous Friend: To Big Baby. Or really to anyone for that matter.
  • Pride: What leads to his Start of Darkness.
  • Prison Episode: Toy Story 3 itself, or at least a significant portion of it, has this with Sunnyside being portrayed as essentially a prison. Bonus points for the shock value of having a prison episode in a G-rated Pixar series.
  • Punctuated Pounding: When Lotso hits Big Baby in the gut with his cane after he shows sympathy for their former owner Daisy.
    Lotso: This is what happens when you DUMMIES try to think!
  • Punishment Box: The sandbox at Sunnyside, which Lotso uses on Mr. Potato Head once he disrespects him. It's also used for other toys who tried to escape from Sunnyside.
  • Psychotic Smirk: He makes this expression a lot after he reveals his true colors.
  • Real Men Wear Pink: Or are pink, in his case.

  • Redemption Rejection: When Lotso is about to be crushed by landfill machinery, Andy's toys go out of their way to save him. He repays them by trapping them in a certain-death situation, which they're only saved from by the timely intervention of the Little Green Men. Needless to say, this bites him hard in the ass.
  • Sadistic Choice: Lotso offers Woody and the gang two choices when they try to escape Sunnyside: either come back and join his "family," or be tossed away in the dumpster in the hope that they'll be taken to the dump and be incinerated.
  • Save the Villain: Woody and Buzz save Lotso from a shredder without hesitation, even though it was Lotso's fault in the first place that any of them was in a life-threatening situation. But Lotso doesn't return the favor, and it backfires on him spectacularly.
  • Screw This, I'm Outta Here!: "Where's your kid now, Sheriff?!"
  • Sealed Evil in a Teddy Bear: A more literal case, as he was never really human to begin with. See Killer Teddy Bear.
  • Shadow Archetype: He's basically a dark reflection of what pre-Character Development Woody could've been.
  • Shout-Out: Big Baby grabbing him and tossing him into the dumpster is one to Return of the Jedi when Darth Vader does the same thing to the Emperor.
  • Shut Up, Hannibal!: A particularly epic example, after Woody exposes Lotso's lies to Big Baby. Lotso proceeds to justify his rule by saying all toys are plastic meant to be forgotten by their owners, only for Big Baby to pick him up and throw him into the dumpster.
  • Slasher Smile: The creepy smile he briefly gives when he callously abandons Woody and the other toys to be burned in the incinerator. "Where's your kid now, Sheriff?!"
  • The Sociopath: He used to be a good toy until a tragic incident caused him to "snap," and now he no longer believes in the concept of love or the bond between a child and a toy; Word of God even describes him as now permanently believing the love his own owner had for him was nothing but an illusion, which he even yells out at one point ("She never loved me!").
  • Soft-Spoken Sadist: Until his Villainous Breakdown, he commits a large amount of atrocities while keeping his Faux Affably Evil persona.
  • So Long, Suckers!: Lotso pulls this on Woody and the others when he refuses to save them after they saved him, and instead leaves them for dead at the incinerator and shouts, "Where's your kid now, Sheriff?!"
  • Southern Gentleman: He appears to be a polite guy with a Southern accent, courtesy of Louisville, Kentucky native Ned Beatty. However...
  • Speak of the Devil: Lotso uses this line when the garbage truck arrives.
  • Start of Darkness: Chuckles the Clown's flashback segment outlines exactly why Lotso turned into to become the cruel despot of Sunnyside. It doesn't nearly excuse his actions though.
  • Stepford Smiler: Type C. His friendly smile is only a facade — it hides a mentally unstable psychopath.
  • Strawberry Shorthand: Lotso smells like strawberries, which makes him appear more likable than he really is.
  • Straw Nihilist: He comes off as a bit of one when he says toys are "all just plastic and trash meant to be thrown away" in his Motive Rant, but his own cowardice, hypocrisy, and helplessness probably lean him more towards a wide-scale Troubled Abuser.
  • Taking You with Me: Drags Woody with him into the dumpster after the former helps one of the Squeeze Toy Aliens get unstuck from the dumpster lid, forcing the rest of Andy's toys to jump in and save him.
  • Tempting Fate: When he tells everyone that "we're all just TRASH, waiting to be THROWN AWAY! THAT'S ALL A TOY IS!" Guess what Big Baby does to him afterwards.
  • Thwarted Escape: The Great Escape from Sunnyside comes to an abrupt end when Lotso steps in, right before Andy's toys are in safe territory.
  • Tom the Dark Lord: Lots-o-Huggin' Bear, or Lotso for short.
  • Town with a Dark Secret: Sunnyside. At 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. And Lotso runs Sunnyside like an iron-fisted tyrant.
  • Tragic Villain: Subverted. While he became heartless and completely vile because he was abandoned (albeit unintentionally) and was replaced, unlike Stinky Pete, Lotso never sought redemption. It also doesn't explain or justify his actions.
  • Troubled Abuser: His actions towards his minions, particularly Big Baby, all because he was accidentally lost and replaced by another Lotso.
  • Tyrant Takes the Helm: Once he takes over Sunnyside after his Face–Heel Turn.
  • Ungrateful Bastard: When he kiboshes the offer to redeem himself in the end. Indeed, at least Karma kicked him in the rump not long after. Considering his fate afterwards, you can even classify it as Too Dumb to Live.
  • Used to Be a Sweet Kid: According to Chuckles.
  • Very False Advertising: He makes an effort to show new toys the benefits of paradise-like Butterfly Room in full detail before placing them in the in-universe Nightmare Fuel that is the Caterpillar Room.
  • Vile Villain, Saccharine Show: Especially in regards to the other Toy Story villains. He is the sadistic teddy bear overlord of a day care center who subjects new toys to being broken by toddlers, tortures, brainwashes, imprisons, and attempts to murder the heroes, and eventually leaves them to burn in an incinerator after they save his life!
  • Villainous Breakdown: He starts to completely lose it when Woody mentions Daisy at the dumpster confrontation. He starts off smooth and calm, and momentarily wins the argument against Woody (by asking an Armor-Piercing Question about why Andy is leaving). He happily orders the group pushed into the dumpster… but then Woody gives his own Armor-Piercing Question about Daisy. It stops Lotso dead in his tracks and signals an immediate change in his demeanor. He's very quickly reduced to snarling and exploding in anger at Woody and Big Baby, and by the end of the debate, he's turned physically abusive and violent, screaming about how toys are meant to be thrown away. Then Big Baby decides he's had enough.
    Lotso: This is what happens when you DUMMIES try to think! WE'RE ALL JUST TRASH, WAITIN' TO BE THROWN AWAY! THAT'S ALL A TOY IS!
  • Villains Want Mercy: Screamed for the help of Woody and his friends when he was about to be shredded at the dump, prompting them to save him. True to form, he then callously abandons them when the positions get reversed.
  • Walking Spoiler: Used to have one shortly after the movie came out, but after its massive success, his Big Bad status is well known.
  • We Can Rule Together: Offers one to to Buzz and, to a lesser extent, Barbie. To their credit, the bad guys make an effort to be as nice as possible while doing this.
  • We Used to Be Friends: To Chuckles. Later on, when Big Baby realizes that he was being duped by Lotso all the time regarding Daisy.
  • Wham Line: Several.
    • The moment we learn about Lotso's true nature?
      Lotso: (to Buzz) Family man, huh? I understand. Put him back in the timeout chair.
    • And when he becomes a slimeball by abandoning Woody and the toys in the incinerator.
  • Wham Shot: Lotso has Woody and Buzz help him up a step to climb a latter to shut off the shaft and save them all. He finally reaches the top, just as the others are dangerously close to falling in. Then he begins frowning as Woody and Buzz frantically beg him to push the button, and then sneers. "Where's your kid now, Sheriff?!" And he runs off and bails out on them. The toys have been betrayed and are dumped into the fiery hell.
  • Where Is Your X Now?: When Lotso abandons the toys to die in the incinerator, he shouts at them, "Where's your kid now, Sheriff?!". Also counts as a Wham Line.
  • Would Hurt a Child: To show how horrible Lotso is, he shoves Big Baby (a toy, but mentally a baby) rather violently in the stomach during his Motive Rant.


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