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- The film's opening scene alone is filled with these:
- The camaraderie shown between all the toys as they work together to save a lost toy from being swept into the rain.
- The fact that said toy is none other than R.C., especially since his last appearance in 3 was nothing more than a blink and you'll miss it cameo.
- And then it ends with perhaps the most powerful moment. Woody tries to help Bo escape from being taken away to a new home, only to find out that she wants to leave, making a not so subtle offer to come along with her. An offer that seems to be accepted as Woody begins to step in...until Andy frantically bursts outside, desperately looking for him. Upon seeing and hearing Andy so distraught, Woody simply bids Bo farewell as he pushes the box outside where her new owner last left it.
- Jessie is shown having a panic attack from being in Bonnie's closet, Woody and Buzz help her through it.
- Bonnie's new kindergarten teacher is very kind and encouraging towards her, which speaks promise of what a wonderful experience Kindergarten will be. The kids have yet to warm up to Bonnie, but there's no doubt her teacher will help the girl feel welcome until then.
- Woody being a gentle father figure to Forky when he introduces him to the other toys.
- Even though Bonnie meant to sleep with Forky, her snuggling with Woody in her sleep does give him a second feel of being loved by a kid again.
- While also a humorous moment in context, Forky whispering to Woody "Everything's going to be okay" is oddly heartwarming. The editing and its placement in the trailer make it seem as though he's reassuring the audience.
- Minor example, but it's nice to see Woody's Character Development: Back in the first movie, he was extremely jealous of Buzz, and played a major role in his almost being lost. Now, he seems perfectly content with Forky being Bonnie's favorite, and risks himself to save Forky for that exact reason.
- Woody's entire motivation also plays into his Character Development over the years. With Bonnie completely ignoring Woody in favor of nearly every other toy she had, a less mature Woody would've become extremely resentful of both Bonnie and the rest of the toys. However, Woody shows nobody any ill will, and instead dedicates himself to making sure Bonnie is happy, even if all he can do is make sure her new favorite toy remains safe.
- Woody winning Forky over on the concept of being Bonnie's toy by speaking of his own experiences with being Andy's toy.
- Forky coming to his own conclusion that Bonnie feels the same way about him he does about trash. Once Woody goes along with it, Forky finally comprehends how important he is to Bonnie and how lucky he is to have someone who loves him. On top of that, he realizes poor Bonnie would be worried sick without him there to comfort her. That's a surprising amount of empathy from a toy made from a spork.
- Woody's reunion with Bo Peep. Once the two are out of sight from other kids, they are bursting with joy at seeing each other again!
- The initial moment of their reunion is also sweet in a way: while trying to cross the playground, Woody winds up having to go limp when a girl notices him. She proceeds to pick him up and, when playing with him, introduces him to the other toy she found: Bo. And although neither toy is currently alive, you can just tell Woody is awestruck.
- Woody mentions to Giggle McDimples how Bo Peep used to be Molly's toy. He relays how Bo once comforted Molly when the latter was afraid of the dark. While Bo is a little embarrassed at revisiting her past, her smile indicates that being a toy that's a source of comfort for a child is something to write home about.
- Bo's sheep getting excited when Woody says the word "Molly." Aw, they miss their kid, too!
- Woody admiring the Antique Store's chandeliers with Bo Peep.
- Even after bad-mouthing Woody's worst traits, Giggle McDimples doesn't question Bo Peep when the latter changes her mind about helping Woody save Forky.
- Forky wanting to stick around longer to witness what he believes will be Gabby Gabby's adoption by Harmony. He treats it with all the beauty and love of witnessing a birth, or even a foster child's adoption. He's roughly two days old, and he already has the empathy to delight in seeing Gabby Gabby's dream come to fruition.
- Upon seeing Harmony unceremoniously dismiss her, Woody decides to help Gabby Gabby move on from her dreams of being Harmony's toy and convinces her there are other children worth her time.
- Most antagonists that Woody encountered with, he is either scaring them, or throwing them in a girl's backpack just to teach them a lesson about playtime, or calling them out on how weak their backstory is compared to their heinous crimes. Either way, Woody is shown to be quite unforgiving to them. With Gabby Gabby however, he is very quick to forgive her, sacrifices his voice box to repair her and even help her get her an owner, all because he understands that her actions are out of desperation of being loved by a kid. In short, Gabby is a nice change of pace for Woody.
- Fridge-Heartwarming: Unlike the past three antagonists, Woody helped Gabby Gabby because he eventually saw she was redeemable.
- Gabby Gabby is found by a lost little girl whose spirits are lifted upon hearing her new voice. She gives Woody a thankful smile as the little girl carries her home.
- For that matter, the film's overall handling of Gabby as the film's main villain counts as well. Simply put, she isn't one. Her politeness towards the protagonists, sympathetic goal, and moments where she bonds with Forky are all completely legitimate and NOT acts of manipulation. Gabby doesn't even turn into a villain after being rejected by Harmony, unlike previous antagonists. On the contrary, she offers Woody his voicebox back.
- Just the way the little girl connects with Gabby. She sees someone she can take care of, just as Gabby saw her as someone who needed her.
- At one point, she's able to convince Woody by gently reasoning that perhaps, he can find it in her heart to grant Gabby a chance to be there for a kid of her own by donating the one thing she needs (a new voice box).
- The scope of the Bensons' loyalty to Gabby Gabby: they are willing to help her attain a child to adopt her, even if it means they essentially won't have a boss of their own.
- Duke Caboom performing a stunt that will help Woody, Bo and their ragtag team reach their rendezvous point with Bonnie's toys. The heartwarming part comes when Caboom dedicates his jump to his kid, showing he's made peace with his personal demons.
- The Bittersweet Ending naturally has several:
- Buzz encouraging Woody to follow his heart by reassuring him that Bonnie will be OK.
- Woody passing on his sheriff's badge to Jessie.
- Everyone else gets a short reunion with Bo, who fondly remembers all of them and is especially glad to see her old moving buddy Buzz again.
- The toys from the original gang (Hamm, Rex, Slinky, Bullseye, and the Potato Heads) all piling on Woody for a group hug. Then Woody gives his final, and longest, hug to Buzz.
- Throughout the series we've seen the other toys taken away from each other through donations, sales or just trashed, while the remaining toys are helpless to do anything. This time a toy chooses to leave of his own volition, and his friends get the chance to say goodbye to him and wish him well.
- Bo and Woody running up the canopy of the carousel, happy and free.
- Woody finishing Buzz's catchphrase even after Buzz had long gone out of earshot.
Buzz: To infinity...
Woody: ...and beyond.
- In The Stinger, we cut to a year later and Bonnie's first day of first grade. Jessie pulled the same stunt as Woody in covertly following her to make sure the day went well, and brings everyone the news that Bonnie made another toy out of a plastic knife, this time a female one who Forky is instantly smitten with, and eagerly takes on the job himself of introducing her to her new life as a toy. It's like if Frankenstein actually had a happy ending.
- There's the fact that after a solid year, Forky is still among Bonnie's toys. He was made from a disposable spork and scraps of art supplies, but nonetheless Bonnie treasures him to this day.
- Also in The Stinger, Bunny and Ducky apparently give up their long-cherished dream of going home with a kid so they can help all the other toys in the same position.
- In the Logo Joke where Duke Caboom replaces Luxo Jr. in the Pixar Logo, Winter Combat Carl Jr. comes along offering a high five. Caboom gives him one.