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    Stinky Pete/"The Prospector"
"How long will it last, Woody? Do you really think Andy is going to take you to college, or on his honeymoon? Andy's growing up, and there's nothing you can do about it."
Voiced by: Kelsey Grammer

Stinky Pete is a pull string prospector doll, and one of Woody's costars on "Woody's Roundup." Woody meets the Prospector in Al's apartment, and he is still mint in the box. He wants to go to the museum in Japan, but when Woody and Jessie decide to return to Andy's room, he leaves his box for the first time.

  • Absurdly Sharp Blade: His pick seems to rip through Woody's arm a bit too easily despite being a plastic toy.
  • Affably Evil: He does seem to have a genuine fondness for Woody, Jessie and Bullseye, and truly believes he's doing the right thing for them — it's just the fact the he's forcing his beliefs on them as well as manipulating them which ultimately makes him something of a villain.
  • Alas, Poor Villain: Even when he's revealed to have a villainous streak, it's hard not to feel sorry for him once he tells that he's desperate to go to Japan at all costs because he was never bought or played with in his entire life.
    Jessie: Prospector, this isn't fair!
    Prospector: FAIR?! I'll tell you what's not fair! Spending a LIFE TIME, on a dime store shelf watching every other toy be sold!
  • An Axe to Grind: When he sees that Woody and his pals are going to ruin his trip to Japan, he breaks out the (pick)axe...
  • Anti-Villain: He mostly just wants to go to Japan to be treasured forever, and the only thing that makes him a legitimate villain is that he's forcing Woody and the others to go to Japan against their wills (even if he takes extreme measures in doing so).
  • Ax-Crazy: Or rather, "Ax Out-of-His-Box." Not to mention literally out of his box from when he shuts and locks the ventilator shaft on.
  • Badass Baritone: It's Kelsey Grammer! Migrates over to Evil Sounds Deep after his reveal as one of the Big Bads.
  • Blessed with Suck: Being mint-in-the-box means he's never had the opportunity to be played with. He's very aware of this.
  • Big-Bad Ensemble: With Al for Toy Story 2.
  • Classic Villain: Representing Envy. Arguably, Lotso (the Big Bad of Toy Story 3) is what happens when you take everything bad about Stinky Pete and crank it Up to Eleven.
  • Cool and Unusual Punishment: Woody and co. get rid of Pete by...stuffing him into the backpack of a little girl who likes to draw on her toys.
  • Cool Old Guy: Before revealing his darker side, at least.
  • Desperately Looking for a Purpose in Life: His ultimate motivation. He views going to the museum as his last chance at some kind of fulfillment, after decades of never being bought or played with.
  • Dirty Old Man: In one of the "outtakes" from Toy Story 2, he's seen trying to chat up a couple of Barbie dolls, promising them a part in the movie, before he realizes the camera is rolling...
  • Earn Your Happy Ending: Ends up enjoying his status as being drawn on along with the other Barbies, giving him exactly what he wanted all along.
  • Everyone Calls Him "Barkeep": Woody and Jessie mostly just refer to him as "Prospector". Possibly due to the term "Stinky Pete" being somewhat insulting. Tellingly, the first time Woody does call him the latter is after Pete reveals his true nature.
  • Face–Heel Turn: Before learning that Woody doesn't intend to go to Japan, he isn't evil or even a jerk at all. In fact, he warmly welcomes and calms down Woody when he first arrives and tells him all about his past, why his show was cancelled and that he has possibly more merchandise than Buzz's show. And top of that, save for turning on the TV to wake Al and stop Woody from getting his severed arm back and framing Jessie for it, he makes no harmful or abusive attempt to get Woody to stay, instead trying to reason with him and convince him it'll be better for him. But after his initial success with this is undone, he becomes a full fledged bad guy determined not to let Woody leave, even willing to chop him to pieces to get him to stay.
  • Facepalm: His reaction to the antics of his TV character.
  • Fantastic Racism: He has a deep hatred of space toys because they became more popular since Sputnik and the Space Age, putting cowboy toys and Woody's Roundup out of fashion. The idea that Woody is best friends with a space toy outright sickens him.
    Woody: His name is Buzz Lightyear!
    Pete: Whatever! I've always hated those upstart space toys!
  • Fate Worse than Death: Subverted. His initial feelings on his fate: being given away to a little girl that paints on her toys. OH MY! However, after the release of the film, interviews with the characters were released on the TS2 web site. In his interview, Pete said that he actually came to like being drawn on, and that he was happy. Judging from what Woody said to him before giving him away to the girl, this was the desired outcome of the fate to start with.
  • Fat Idiot: Not so much him, but his television character. Pete seems annoyed and embarrassed at his character's personality.
  • Foreshadowing: His comment on questioning if Woody thinks Andy will take him to college, and his warnings that toys will one day be destroyed by children, forgotten and thrown away, come into play in Toy Story 3.
    Pete: Idiots!! Children destroy toys!! You'll all be ruined!! Forgotten!! Spending eternity rotting in some landfill!!
  • Freudian Excuse: Never being bought or played with has broken him.
  • Good Hair, Evil Hair: Has a full-but-not-ostentatious beard befitting the semi-mentor he becomes to Woody in the film. After his reveal as a Big Bad, it becomes a Beard of Evil.
  • Green-Eyed Monster: "Spending a lifetime on a dime-store shelf, watching every other toy be sold" did absolutely no favors for the Prospector's mental health.
  • Immortality Immorality: The form of immortality in question being featured as part of the toy museum's crown jewel. He'll put the rest of the Roundup Gang and their friends through hell to get it.
  • Jerkass: He's constantly antagonizing Buzz for being a space toy, and is still mean to Woody and the gang, even if they're cowboy toys as well.
  • Jerkass Has a Point: His Breaking Speech to Woody about Andy eventually moving on from him holds true.
  • Karma Houdini: The website reveals that Pete loves his new owner and enjoys being painted on. However, this also means that he never really pays for his actions, meaning he got off scot-free.
  • Manipulative Bastard: For all his fondness of Woody, Jessie, and Bullseye, it doesn't mean he's not going to lie to them and trick them at every opportunity so that they can go along with his plan.
  • Meaningful Name: Lampshaded by Woody:
    Woody: You really are a Stinky Pete aren't you?
  • Mood-Swinger: He acts like a father figure to Woody, and still remains a rather calm person while he sealed the air vent shut. But when Jessie tells him it's not fair for him to trap them, he snaps.
  • Motive Rant: "Fair?! I'll tell you what's not fair! Spending a lifetime on a dime store shelf watching every other toy be sold! Well, finally my waiting has paid off, and no hand-me-down cowboy doll is going to mess it up for me now!"
  • Nice Character, Mean Actor: Is an otherwise goofy character on TV, but he's rather bitter and unpleasant in reality. That being said, he still has an affable demeanor to him.
  • Non-Action Big Bad: He never even leaves his box until about 3/4 of the way through the movie. Justified since he's a toy, and for his plan to work he can't wander outside his box too often. Once he is out of the box however, he becomes a far more active threat.
  • Older Than They Look: He and the roundup gang are merchandise for a television show that aired before Sputnik was launched. After that, the show was cancelled and they probably stopped making the merchandise. That means that Woody, Jessie, Bullseye and Stinky Pete could be at least forty-nine years old as of the third movie.
  • Pet the Dog: Even as he's manipulating Jessie into coming to the Tokyo museum with him, he does genuinely feel some sympathy for her troubles.
  • Plucky Comic Relief: His character on the show. Which he finds embarrassing.
  • Poisonous Friend: To Woody and Jessie.
  • The Scrappy: In-universe. It's pretty clear that Stinky Pete is the least popular of the Woody's Roundup characters considering how easy it was for Al to find a mint-in-box Stinky Pete doll and how long our Prospector spent unsold. Prospector himself even seems to dislike his character judging by his reaction to him in the show's intro. No doubt this likely contributed to his descent.
  • Soft-Spoken Sadist: Not exactly a sadist, but he's still very soft-spoken once he reveals his true nature.
    "I tried reasoning with you, Woody, but you keep forcing me to take extreme measures."
    "Look, we have an eternity to spend together in the museum. Let's not start off by pointing fingers, shall we?"
  • Stout Strength: Implied since he punched out Buzz Lightyear and sent Woody flying across the room.
  • Too Dumb to Live: His TV incarnation lit a dynamite fuse thinking it was a candle. The real Prospector is not nearly that stupid.
  • Tragic Villain: All his actions were evil because, for years, no one bought him.
  • Two Words: I Can't Count: Channels Phil a bit when explaining why Woody's Roundup toys went into decline:
    "Two words: Sput-nik."
  • Villainous Breakdown: "'Fair'?! I'll tell you what's not fair: Spending a lifetime on a dime-store shelf watching every other toy be sold! Well, finally my waiting has paid off, and no hand-me-down cowboy doll is gonna mess it up for me now!"
  • Vocal Dissonance: He is the only Woody's Roundup character whose voice is different in real life than on the show; his show version has a goofy high-pitched voice, while in real life, he has a lower, mellow-sounding voice. This is the first clue that he isn't who he seems.
  • Walking Spoiler: All that is explained above and below about the Prospector will tell you that there's more to him than one meets the eye.
  • Well-Intentioned Extremist: He really does believe that he's saving Woody, Jessie and Bullseye from being destroyed by children. It's just that his perspective is very skewed by his backstory.
  • Woobie, Destroyer of Worlds: Was one of those toys "spending a lifetime on a dime store shelf, watching every other toy be sold." This agonizing experience caused him to become bitter and willing to manipulate or outright force his "friends" Woody, Jessie, and Bullseye into going along with what he wants, whether they like it or not. Ironically, when he winds up being taken home at last by a little girl who defaces all her toys by drawing on them with crayons, he considers this the worst fate imaginable. However, according to the producers, it was stated that he accepted that fate and thus, averts the worst fate imaginable.

    Evil Emperor Zurg
"So, we meet again, Buzz Lightyear, for the last time!"
Voiced by: Andrew Stanton (Toy Story 2); Wayne Knight (Buzz Lightyear of Star Command)

Evil Emperor Zurg is the archenemy of the Galactic Alliance, and Buzz Lightyear. He has a light-up mouth and eyes, and a spring loaded gun that shoots little yellow balls. He is first seen in the Buzz Lightyear video game that Rex is trying to beat. When the toys go to Al's Toy Barn, Buzz accidentally knocks over Zurg's box and he breaks free. He believes he is the real Zurg, and plans to destroy Buzz Lightyear. The toys later encounter him in an elevator shaft, and he gets in a fight with Utility Belt Buzz. He reveals he is Buzz's father, but is knocked down by Rex's tail. He is last seen playing catch with Utility Belt Buzz.

  • Affably Evil: Despite the fact that he wants to destroy his son, he does spend time with him as a father.
  • All There in the Manual: The reason why Zurg (who also believed to be real) reformed and decided to form a possibly real bond between a father and a son. After he fell down the elevator shaft, he was reset to normal mode. This also explains why Zurg never become an actual villain in Toy Story universe. In Toy Story 3, a Zurg toy has a cameo and it appears this one realizes he's just a toy. In Toy Story Toons Small Fry, there's also smaller version of his toy called Fun Meal Zurg or Mini Zurg, and it's likely that this Zurg also already realizes he's just a toy.
  • Anti-Villain: Type 4. He never really does anything evil and he's hardly an antagonist. Plus he's not meant to be taken seriously as a villain.
  • Badass Baritone: Have you heard his voice?
  • Badass Cape: Look at his picture.
  • Badass in Charge: He rules an empire.
  • BFG: His character in Show Within a Show can shoot Frickin' Laser Beam from it, while the toy version of him shoot Weaponized Ball instead.
  • Big Bad: In the Buzz Lightyear of Star Command TV series.
  • Big-Bad Ensemble: For a part of Toy Story 2, as he's a threat to the team rescuing Woody, but not the biggest one.
  • Bottomless Magazines: He shoots a lot of nerf balls from his ion gun.
  • Breakout Character: He's deceptively popular despite his small role in the movies. The PS3 version of the Toy Story 3 game has an ad campaign based mostly around him being a playable character.
  • The Cameo: During the credits for Toy Story 3.
  • Captain Ersatz: Of Darth Vader and the Emperor. Interestingly, he can be considered as the Darth Vader to Utility Belt Buzz's Luke Skywalker.
  • Card-Carrying Villain: Played for Laughs.
  • Darth Vader Clone: He's an Affectionate Parody.
  • Day Dream Believer: Much like newbrand Buzzs, he's convinced of being the real Emperor Zurg and that his mission is to destroy Buzz Lightyear. This raises interesting questions about what goes on in this franchise's assembly lines.
  • Defeat Means Friendship: Apparently he finally accepted Buzz as his son after being defeated, as he later spends quality time with him.
  • Disney Villain Death: Subverted. While he gets knocked away by Rex's tail and falls down the elevator shaft, he is shortly afterwards seen spending some quality time with Utility Belt Buzz.
  • Even Evil Has Loved Ones: He doesn't appear to hate his son all that much. He does get along with him later in the movie.
  • Evil Laugh: A very convincing one.
  • Evil Sounds Deep: Being a Darth Vader Clone, this should be expected.
  • Expy: A parody of Darth Vader.
    • He also bears a slight resemblance to Berg Katse.
  • The Ghost: He is mentioned a few times in the first movie, but doesn't appear until Toy Story 2.
  • Heel–Face Turn: He's shown playing catch with newbrand Buzz. Also a case of Pet the Dog.
  • Incoming Ham: His first words in Toy Story 2, not counting the video game version.
  • Large Ham: Even more hammy in the spinoff series Buzz Lightyear of Star Command.
  • Little Green Man in a Can: Not in the actual movies and animated TV series, but in the concept art where he's really just a small alien in robotic armor. While this appears to be scrapped in the film's final cut, it's been lampshaded when Zurg, in 2, see Buzz running via his "Zurg Vision", as if implying that there's actually another alien toy inside him seeing Buzz, instead of Zurg himself seeing Buzz.
  • Luke, I Am Your Father: Parodied with him and Utility Belt Buzz. They later play catch with Zurg's ball-shooter..
  • Mean Character, Nice Actor: Quite possibly if the All There in the Manual above is true. He is actually evil because he always thinks that he is the real Zurg, much like the toy version of Buzz Lightyear constantly thinking that he is the real Buzz and not a toy.
  • Unknown Rival: To Andy's Buzz who doesn't notice Zurg chasing him from Al's Toy Barn across the street to his apartment. Even when he catches up to him, Buzz only reacts with mild surprise and a few raised eyebrows before focusing on saving Woody. It hardly matters though as Utility Buzz is more than happy to engage him in battle.
  • Up to Eleven: His ion blaster goes to eleven in the Show Within a Show.
  • Villain Respect: To Buzz, though it's most likely because they're father and son.
  • A Villain Named "Z__rg": His name is Zurg.

    Utility Belt Buzz
"Will somebody please explain what's going on!?"
Voiced by: Tim Allen

Utility Belt Buzz is another Buzz encountered in a display at Al's Toy Barn. He believes he is the real Buzz Lightyear (not unlike Andy's Buzz during the first movie), and that Andy's Buzz is a traitorous imposter. He traps Buzz in his box, and goes with the Rescue Party. He helps them find Woody, by climbing through an elevator shaft, and Andy's Buzz shows up. He eventually fights Zurg, and is horrified to learn that Zurg is really his father. He is last seen playing a friendly game of catch with his dad.

  • Big "NO!": When he finds out the truth about his father.
  • Cannot Tell Fiction from Reality: Just like Buzz in the first film.
  • Here We Go Again!: Another Buzz who believes he's the real deal.
  • I Hate Past Me: A variant. He behaves exactly the same way that Andy's Buzz used to behave... much to the irritation of Andy's Buzz, who now fully understands Woody's initial hatred towards him...
  • Large Ham: He's brilliantly over the top, as he's unaware that he's a toy.
  • Replacement Flat Character: Like the first Buzz, he had no idea he was a toy. This only served to remind our Buzz how annoying and stuck up he'd acted right out of the box. "Tell me I wasn't this deluded..."
    • However, though he doesn't go through the same Character Development the original Buzz had in the first film, he does end up making peace with his father and acting more friendly towards Buzz and the others. He's even shown trying to help the others get Woody back when Stinky Pete locks the grate.
  • Spot the Imposter: A special variety since he's convinced the other Buzz is an imposter to him, and is not aware that he is mistaken for the other in the rescue party. While the rescue party don't figure it out themselves, they do find this Buzz acting odd. The other Buzz eventually clears up all the confusion by popping the imposter's helmet open, and showing everyone else Andy's name on his foot.
  • What Happened to the Mouse?: He and his father disappear from the plot after the toys leave Al's penthouse. Justified in that they had no further connections nor interest in the rest of the movie's plot.
  • You Killed My Father: A direct Shout-Out to The Empire Strikes Back as Buzz confronts Zurg on the elevator.

    Tour Guide Barbie
Voiced by: Jodi Benson

Tour Guide Barbie is the barbie that shows the Rescue Party around Al's Toy Barn.

  • Dumb Blonde: Justifiably subverted—she's an expert on the area she's giving tours of. Comes with the territory of being a tour guide.
  • Genki Girl: Nothing seems to phase her.
  • Hello, Nurse!: Mr. Potato Head immediately begins chanting that he is a "married spud", while Hamm tells him to step aside for the single fellas.
  • Nice Hat: A blue tour guide's hat.
  • Perpetual Smiler: Her gleaming smile never falters, not even once. In the Animated Outtakes, she was complaining about how her face hurts from all the smiling.

    Rock'em Sock'em Robots
Voiced by: John Lasseter and Lee Unkrich

The Rock'em Sock'em Robots are a pair of boxing robots that live on the desk in Al's office. When they are asked for directions, they end up fighting angrily.

  • Hair-Trigger Temper: Slinky politely asks them if they have seen Al, they proceed to start arguing with each other over which one of them Slinky was asking, then get into a fist fight.


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