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"You never forget kids like Emily, or Andy... but they forget you."

Toy Story 2 is the 1999 sequel to the first film, which takes place a year or two later. Woody is accidentally damaged during one of Andy's play times, which causes him no end of concern about becoming an unwanted "broken toy." Later, Woody gets stolen at a yard sale by greedy toy collector Al, so Buzz leads a group of Andy's toys to go rescue him. Meanwhile Woody finds out he's a piece of merchandise from an old kids' show called Woody's Roundup after meeting three other tie-in dolls based on his sidekicks on the show, and that he himself is a valuable collector's item. Woody discovers that they're all going to be sold to a toy museum in Japan, and he has to decide whether to go back to Andy — who will eventually outgrow him — or go to the museum and last forever, but never be loved.

Notable for being Pixar's first sequel, and for spawning a spinoff television series, Buzz Lightyear of Star Command. In 2009, it was re-released alongside Toy Story as a double feature in stereoscopic Disney Digital 3-D, with the two films completely re-rendered to match the level of detail of Toy Story 3 (the UK had to wait until January 2010 for Toy Story 2 to come out in 3D).


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Toy Story 2 contains examples of:

  • Absurdly Sharp Blade: Stinky Pete's pickaxe, which is clearly made of plastic, can still tear through stitching. (And act as a screwdriver.)
  • Abuse Mistake: Mr. Potato Head mistakenly believes Jessie and the new gang are torturing Woody; really, they're just tickling him.
  • Accidental Hero: Rex accidentally knocks Zurg off the elevator shaft with his tail.
  • Acting Unnatural: Woody tells Buster the dog to "Act casual" while Woody hangs on his collar to rescue Wheezy unseen by humans. Buster begins to strut leisurely, and Woody hisses, "Not that casual!"
  • Added Alliterative Appeal: Slinky in the baggage conveyor area when the suitcase he's on ends up going onto another conveyor belt: "Buzz, my back end's goin' to Baton Rouge!"
  • Advertisement:
  • Advancing Wall of Doom: The Buzz Lightyear video game seen at the start of the movie features a moving wall of spikes Buzz has to outrun.
  • An Aesop:
    • Some relationships just aren't meant to last forever (or at least not in the same way), but that's no reason to walk away from them. You should enjoy them while you can and know that when they do end, they were well worth it.
    • The toys watch Al half-crying during an Al's Toy Barn commercial on TV after losing his Woody's Roundup dolls.
    Hamm: I guess crime doesn't pay.
  • Affirmative Action Girl: Jessie is introduced in this movie, adding another female to the main cast besides the very feminine Bo Peep. But she's still awesome.
  • All Animals Are Dogs: Bullseye is basically a giant puppy dog. He's very excitable and jumps/licks on everyone he likes.
  • All for Nothing:
    • Subverted. It seems that Andy's toys' quest to rescue Woody is in vain when Woody chooses to go to the museum instead of going back to Andy, because he fears being outgrown and thrown out, causing Andy's toys to leave without him. However, Woody has a change of heart and decides to go back after all, but now deciding to take the Roundup Gang with him because he knows that without him, they'll go back to storage, possibly indefinitely.
    • Al steals Woody for the final piece in the Woody's Roundup collection so he can take them all to the Konishi Toy Museum in Tokyo, but it turns out to be this trope in the end as Woody decides to go back to Andy and takes Jessie and Bullseye with him. He ends up going to Japan with a load of empty cases and he's clearly a destroyed man when we see him at the end.
  • Aluminum Christmas Trees:
    • Al lives in an apartment block that doesn't allow children, which is Truth in Television; 18+ only apartments do exist for various reasons, and became more common in the 2010s.
    • The explanation for the "Buzz Lightyear Aisle" that Barbie gives is completely real. There was a heavy Demand Overload for Buzz Lightyear toys after the original movie came out and became an unexpected smash-hit, which this scene is hanging a lampshade on.
  • Always a Live Transmission: At the end of the movie, the toys are watching a commercial with Al where he breaks into tears in the middle of it.
  • Always Someone Better: Inverted from the first film. Woody is a drawstring-powered cowboy doll while Buzz is a modern, battery-powered action figure loaded with cool features, which made Woody jealous. However, while last film reveals that Buzz is a mass-produced toy (Al's Toy Barn has an entire aisle of Buzz toys), this film reveals Woody is a very rare and quite valuable collector's item.
    • Buzz may turn out to be somewhat valuable himself. As Barbie notes during her tour, they didn't make enough of him the first time out, so they made a new, larger run, which includes an anti-gravity belt. Original!Buzz, who does not have this (and is likely identifiable as such by not having mounting holes for it), is comparatively rare and, thus, valuable.
  • And Then What?: Once by the villain and once by the heroes. Stinky Pete asks Woody if he really thinks Andy will take Woody to college or on his honeymoon, saying that Andy won't be young forever, and then what's Woody going to do? Pete manages to convince Woody to go to a toy museum in Japan, but Buzz turns this right back around on Woody by asking him what he'll do once he's actually there, since Woody will have to "watch kids from behind glass and never be loved again".
  • Animated Actors: The "Hilarious Outtakes" in the credits is presented as if all the characters in the film are just shooting a movie.
  • An Arm and a Leg: The event that kicks off the film is Woody's arm getting ripped, causing him to lose the use of it. It later completely comes off when the stitch gets caught.
  • Armor-Piercing Question:
    • Stinky Pete questions why Woody is going back to Andy, knowing it can't last.
    Pete: How long will it last, Woody? Do you really think Andy is going to take you to college? Or on his honeymoon?
    • When Woody tells Buzz that he's staying with the Roundup Gang and going to Japan is his only chance, Buzz replies with this:
    Buzz: To do what, Woody? Watch kids from behind glass and never be loved again? Some life.
  • Art Evolution: Computer animation has evolved in the four years between the releases of the first and second films, especially with hair. Andy's mom's hair was previously in a ponytail, and she now has long blonde hair. Andy's hair does not appear until the final scene, since it is covered by his cowboy hat, but he now has more hair on his head than the embarrassing buzzcut in the first film. This is at least two years before they created the very hairy Sully for Monsters, Inc..
  • Artistic License: Rex is clearly playing on an SNES in the beginning, but it can somehow play games with graphical capabilities beyond any 3D console available at the time.
  • Author Avatar: The toy repairman can be seen as this, since he tells Al that he can't rush art... much like the Pixar films themselvesnote .
  • Award-Bait Song: "When She Loved Me", by Sarah McLachlan, which plays during Jessie's flashback with her previous owner.
  • Aw, Look! They Really Do Love Each Other: Variation: the morning after he got home from camp, we see that Andy decided to take it upon himself to fix Woody's arm, stitching it up himself (albiet overstuffing the shoulder a tad). What's more, Andy admits that he's glad he left Woody at home, since he could've lost his entire arm.
    Woody: (fondly) Well, what do you know...
  • An Axe to Grind: When Stinky Pete sees that Woody and his pals are going to ruin his trip to Japan, he breaks out the (pick)axe...
  • The Bad Guy Wins: Zurg in the fight against Buzz in the Fake-Out Opening—it's a video game being played by Rex.
  • Bag of Holding: Mr. Potato Head's backside was turned into one in Toy Story 2's Hilarious Outtakes.
  • Bait-and-Switch: Buster is initially setup as being a threat to the toys like Scud was in the previous movie. When the toys here him coming they try to block the door and everyone runs to hide. Buster runs around the room and pulls Woody out of his hiding spot growling at him... before licking his face happily and it being revealed this was just a game of hide-and-seek. Unlike Scud, Buster is incredibly friendly with the toys, especially Woody.
  • Behind the Black:
    • In the opening scene, when Buzz Lightyear says that "there seems to be no sign of intelligent life anywhere", the scene pans out to show that he somehow failed to notice being surrounded by massive hordes of aliens who were just barely far enough for the audience not to see them until that point.
    • In the actual movie, Woody doesn't notice any of the cheese puffs covering the floor near where Al is sleeping until the audience hears him stepping on one.
    • After Woody decides he's going to return to Andy with them, he tells Buzz & co. to wait in the air vent they're in. Just moments later, Pete sneaks out of his box and screws the vent cover back on without anyone in the vent protesting.
  • Between My Legs: Used with Andy when he comes into his room to talk to Buster just before he gets ready to go to Cowboy Camp.
  • Big Bad Ensemble: Al, the Jerkass toy collector who wants to sell Woody to a museum in Japan to make money, Stinky Pete, who tries to manipulate Woody into going to the museum and Emperor Zurg, a toy who believes he's the real Zurg and stalks Buzz.
  • Big Damn Heroes: Multiple times.
    • When Stinky Pete has Woody on the ground in the airport, threatening to dismember him, he's suddenly blinded by the flash as Andy's toys arrive with the camera equipment from the identical case.
    • A short while later, the shot of him losing his hat while dangling from the airplane ends with Buzz's hand reaching in from the edge of the frame to catch it.
    • Subverted when Andy's toys first arrive at Al's apartment, bursting in to rescue Woody from cruel, torturing toys—except they're just tickling him.
  • Big "NEVER!": Woody shouts this at Stinky Pete when ordered by the latter to get back into the case bound for Japan when it's in the baggage conveyor area at the airport (their tussle threw them out of the box and onto the conveyor belt).
  • Big "NO!":
    • Buzz after Zurg tells him he's Buzz's father, and Zurg as he falls down the elevator shaft.
    • Andy's Buzz has one as well when he witnesses the other toys riding off with the wrong Buzz while he's stuck inside a box.
    • Stinky Pete does this when Woody decides to teach him "the true meaning of playtime" by stuffing him in a girl's backpack.
  • Big "YES!": While Al is on the phone to Konishi in his office, and Konishi is heard offering to pay whatever price Al wants, Al lets out two of these in a row.
  • Bittersweet Ending: Andy may inevitably grow out of his toys in the future, but when it happens, at least Woody will still have Buzz Lightyear with him, for Infinity and Beyond.
  • Blatant Lies: A Rewatch Bonus, but: "I don't know how the television turned on."
  • Blinding Camera Flash: The toys use flashes to stop Stinky Pete from hurting Woody.
  • Boring, but Practical: In contrast to Woody's arm being repaired professionally with thread, Andy just uses some red string.
  • Boring Return Journey: After the climax, the next scene shows the toys back in Andy's room. Earlier, just crossing the street caused mayhem. Justified in that this time they had a ride: a luggage train from the airport can be seen through the window, haphazardly parked in front of the neighbours' house.
  • Bowdlerize: On the 2019 4K, Blu-ray, DVD and Digital releases, the blooper reel skips over Stinky Pete flirting with the Barbies in his box.
  • Bottomless Magazines: Zurg fires a LOT of little Nerf balls at Buzz 2.0 in the elevator shaft.
  • Bowel-Breaking Bricks: Mr. Potato Head, upon seeing the full scope of the baggage conveyor area. Played with in that what actually happens is that his back flap pops open and his spare parts tumble out.
  • Breaking the Fourth Wall: Mr. Potato Head does this in the Dutch dub.
    [Translated from Dutch]
    Buzz: Come on, men! Did Woody give up when Sid had me strapped to the back of a rocket?
    The Other Toys: [Glumly] No.
    Buzz: And did Woody give up when you threw him out of the back of that moving van?
    Mr. Potato Head: Well, that was the other movie.
  • Brick Joke:
    • When Al delivers his luggage to the airport, he requests to possibly have a fragile sticker on it. This is, of course, a Crazy-Prepared joke to begin with, but later on when the airport staff are loading up the checked baggage on another flight, the worker gets a box with a big "fragile" label on it...only to proceed to throw it carelessly anyway, as we hear it shatter on impact.
    • When escaping Al's Toy Barn, Buzz tips over a huge tower of boxes to open the automatic doors, creating a mess that blocks the doors.. When Al shoots a new commercial by the end of the movie, a look in the background confirms the mess of boxes is still there.
  • Call-Back: Several:
    • Buzz bringing up how Woody rescued him when Sid had him strapped to a rocket and how the other toys tossed Woody out of the moving van.
    • The hold Jessie puts Woody in during their fight is the same one Buzz used when he and Woody fought under Andy's Mom's car.
    • Practically everything to do with Utility Belt Buzz, including:
      • Buzz climbing up to see Utility Belt Buzz is the same way Woody came across Buzz in the first film.
      • "You mean the laser that's a lightbulb?!"
      • Utility Belt Buzz thinking he's suffocating when the real Buzz opens his helmet, while his onlookers observe in apathy.
      • The "Buzz-Buzz-Buzz Lightyear to the rescue!" phrase is uttered again at one point during the battle between Utility Belt Buzz and Zurg.
    • Woody's arc is basically the complete inverse of Buzz's in the first movie; while Buzz thought he was the star of a renowned franchise and had to deal with finding out he's just a toy, Woody thinks he's just a toy and has to deal with finding out he's the star of a renowned franchise (though unlike Buzz, Woody never thinks he is THE Woody Pride).
    • Buzz saying You. Are. A Toy! to Woody.
  • Casting Gag:
  • Catapult Nightmare: Woody, after he wakes up from a nightmare where Andy throws him away.
  • Ceiling Cling: Buzz hangs onto the underside of an elevator to reach Al's apartment.
  • Central Theme: Confronting your mortality and deciding how you will live your life because of it; is it better to take risks if it means you'll get damaged or even killed, or to live the safe life — and is the safe life really living at all? The film also has choosing between long-lasting, superficial admiration or a genuine, fleeting relationship.
  • Chekhov's Gun:
    • Buzz and company thought that the green baggage they were after in the baggage conveyor area carried Woody, but all they find is a camera set. A couple of scenes later, they catch up with Woody at the mercy of Stinky Pete with that camera set. Cue a temporarily blinded Stinky Pete.
    • The first commercial for Al's Toy Barn, and Al's licence plate. Put together, Buzz is able to work out that it was Al that stole Woody, and as a result of that, where he has been taken.
    • A cross-movie one: during the Take Care of the Kids moment from Toy Story (where Woody, clinging to a strap from the moving truck, is being yanked away by Scud), you can clearly hear what sounds like Woody's arm beginning to tear. Now, what happens at the start of this movie?
  • Chewing the Scenery: Understandably, Woody does this a bit after his arm comes off, especially with this line directed at the Prospector in a funny moment: "LUCKY?! Are you shrink-wrapped?! I AM MISSING MY ARM!"
  • Classically Trained Extra: Stinky Pete. On the TV show, he's a goofy, backwards hick. The toy, however, is an intelligent, well-spoken gentleman.
  • Cliffhanger: In-Universe, Woody's Roundup was cancelled just as Woody jumped over a cliff on Bullseye's back while coming to the rescue of Jessie and Stinky Pete, who are about to be blown up inside a mine. Subverted as it turns out that the series did reach its conclusion, when the final episode is heard playing in the background right after Woody refused to leave with Buzz and the others. The Prospector lied to Jessie and Bullseye for years to ensure they were manipulated into being more willing to go to the museum to rectify the supposedly tragically cut short show.
  • Closer Than They Appear: "Dinosaur overboard!"
  • The Collector: Al is a collector of Woody's Roundup paraphernalia. He toynaps Woody to complete his toy collection that he's planning to sell to a Japanese museum.
  • Comically Missing the Point: Tour Guide Barbie volunteers to show Al's office to the toys, but gives them a tour of the whole store instead - and behaves like a tour guide throughout.
  • Company Cross References: There are several A Bug's Life toys in Al's Toy Barn.
  • Complaining About Rescues They Don't Like: When Buzz, the other Buzz and the rest of Andy's toys find Woody and come to free him from Al's apartment, Woody claims that he has no intention of returning to Andy after he heeded Pete's advice to simply be preserved in a museum in Tokyo (Pete manipulated Woody into thinking he's getting too worn out to be played with). Buzz retorts that Woody won't ever be truly loved by a child as an exhibit so much as a toy.
  • Continuity Cameo: Look twice and you'll recognize the toy restorer as the old man from Geri's Game. He even has chess pieces in his toolkit.
  • Continuity Nod:
    • Stinky Pete mentions how Woody's show was cancelled once the space race happened — kids dropped cowboy stuff and went crazy for space things instead. Woody says he knows how that feels, since he himself was sidelined when Andy got a Buzz Lightyear.
    • When Buzz is attacked by the Utility Belt Buzz (who believes he is actually Buzz) in Al's Toy Barn, he wonders if he was really that deluded.
    • While playing the Buzz Lightyear video game, Rex is wearing a "Space Ranger helmet" that's a fishbowl with two plungers stuck to it. Buzz first bestowed this "helmet" to him in one of the Toy Story Treats shorts.
  • Conveyor Belt o' Doom: The airport conveyor belts. It's all way more dramatic when the protagonists are toy-sized and at the mercy of massive suitcases.
  • Corpsing: In-Universe. Woody and Jessie decide to goof around and pretend to do their show, with Woody hamming it up by swaggering about and looking cocky, which sends Jessie into a suppressed laughing fit.
  • Creative Closing Credits: The Hilarious Outtakes, presented as if all the toys are just acting in the film.
  • Cue the Falling Object: Most of the main characters cross the road to try and rescue Woody. Mr. Potato Head says "Well, that went well" and the camera cuts to show the massive traffic accident they caused before a lamppost falls over.
  • Cutting the Knot:
  • Dance Party Ending: With Wheezy singing "You Got A Friend In Me".
  • Deadly Disc: Buzz Lightyear throws discs at Emperor Zurg during the video game opening sequence and the fight on top of the elevator.
  • Demand Overload: In-Universe. When the Buzz Lightyear action figures originally came out, "short-sighted retailers" underestimated just how big the demand would be, and the initial run completely sold out in a few days. (This really happened.) By the present, stores like Al's Toy Barn have caught up with demand by devoting an entire aisle to Buzz Lightyear.
  • Dinky Drivers: Buzz's team of toys commandeer a Pizza Planet truck to pursue Al to the airport.
  • Dirty Old Man: Stinky Pete in the credits with the Barbies.
  • Disney Villain Death: Subverted with Emperor Zurg. He falls down an elevator shaft, apparently to his doom, yet somehow survives to play catch with his son. It's a long story...
  • Disproportionate Reward: "You have saved our lives. We are eternally grateful," said by the alien-toy trio repeatedly to Mr. Potato Head. He is very much unamused.
  • The Ditz: Bullseye, though he is still very loyal to Woody. He's basically a dog in a toy horse's body.
  • Does This Remind You of Anything?:
    • Watching the film today, some of Stinky Pete's dialogue to Woody before his reveal as a bad guy, and Woody's dialogue back, was very reminiscent of a counselor talking to a victim of domestic abuse. Doesn't help that Pete's being voiced by Frasier.
    Pete: Was it because you're damaged? Hmm? Did this Andy break you?
    Woody: Yeah, but — no, no, no, no, no! It was — it was an accident — I mean—
    Jessie: Sounds like he really loves you.
    Woody: It's not like that, okay?!
    • After Stinky Pete is revealed to be Evil All Along, a lot of his seemingly encouraging advice towards Woody and particularly Jessie can be reread as examples of mental and emotional abuse, pretending to be their supporting friend but also subtly underminding them and telling them that they'll never be truly loved by a child.
    • The way in which Geri (the cleaner) cleans up Woody is almost like Woody was at a high-class stylist.
  • Do I Really Sound Like That?: Buzz encounters another Buzz:
    Buzz: I really that fat?
    • Shortly afterwards, when Buzz realizes the other Buzz still believes himself to be a real Space Ranger:
    Buzz: (disappointed in himself) Tell me I wasn't this deluded.
  • Door Judo: Played with (and not just in it being essentially Vent Judo) during the "Use Your Head" bit. The toys run at the vent with Rex as a Battering Ram, unaware that Woody had already unscrewed it and left it loose. They pass right through and wind up in a dogpile inside Al's room. Inverted during the Animated Outtakes, where the vent had not been unscrewed prior to "filming".
  • Double Vision: Invoked in many of the shots containing two Buzz Lightyears, which are staged as if a Split Screen was necessary. Especially notable when they're both shouting "I'm Buzz Lightyear!" at each other; in that shot, the background is made to look as if there's a seam between them.
  • Downer Beginning: Not the film itself, but Rex's attempt at playing the Buzz Lightyear video game sees him get disintegrated by Zurg right as the battle starts. It's implied at the end that Hamm had the same thing happen to him.
  • Dramatic Irony:
    • After the toys cross the street to Al's Toy Barn and Buzz says "We're that much closer to Woody," the camera pans to Al's apartment behind them, where Woody actually is, which is on the other side of the street they crossed.
    • By the end of the film, Al believes that the Round-Up Gang were lost in transit to Japan, obviously not knowing they came to life and left of their own accord. This unfortunately means that the toy museum believes Al was trying to cheat them, since he was only going to be able to sell the collection if he had every piece of it, and thus Al goes without the money he was going to get.
  • The Elevator from Ipanema: When Al is riding the elevator down to the lobby, the music playing is a "Ipanema"-style version of the main theme from A Bug's Life.
  • Empathic Environment:
    • A subtle one. When Andy is playing with Woody early on before going to Cowboy Camp, it's bright and sunny outside. When Andy accidentally rips Woody's arm, the lighting grows more subdued, like clouds just moved in front of the sun. The DVD commentary even points this out.
    • During the "When She Loved Me" sequence, the first time we see the trees from the car window and then the tree with the tyre swing, it's bright and sunny and the trees are in full leaf, symbolising Jessie's happiness with Emily in Emily's childhood. When we see the same trees again at the end of the song, they're sporting autumnal colours, symbolising how Emily has grown up and moved on from Jessie, and also symbolising Jessie's heartbreak at being donated as the song ends.
  • Energy Weapon: Zurg's Ion Blaster, particularly in the video game, shoots yellow-green "plasma". Zurg also fires green, ping-pong-like balls in his fight against Impostor Buzz at the elevator shaft in Al's apartment (probably supposed to represent plasma bullets). Buzz can usually dodge these by jumping across the air, tumbling acrobatically, etc. Averted by Buzz's laser, which instantly hits the target.
  • Eureka Moment: How Buzz figures out who took Woody.
    Mr. Potato Head: Let's leave Buzz to play with his toys.
    Buzz: Toy... toy... toy... Hold on! (Types 'Al's Toy Barn' into Mr. Spell)
  • Everyone Knows Morse: Hamm uses the blinds in Andy's room to signal a neighboring lawn gnome if he has seen Woody's hat.
  • Everything's Better with Monkeys: Invoked on the DVD Commentary.
  • Everything's Better with Penguins: Wheezy, a squeaky-toy penguin in Andy's room. By the movie's end, his squeaker has been fixed and he's quite capable of singing "You've Got a Friend in Me."
  • Evil All Along: Stinky Pete. His intentions to keep Woody with the Roundup gang en route to Japan go from gentle to aggressive well into the film's third act.
  • Evil Laugh: Zurg, after killing Buzz in the Fake-Out Opening.
  • Evil Overlord List: In the opening action sequence, Zurg obviously read the List and put in a fake "Source of Zurg's Power" battery (a hologram) in his lair to trap Buzz.
  • Exact Words: Implied. When the toys arrive at Al’s penthouse and see what they think is Woody getting tortured, Rex asks, "What are we gonna do, Buzz?", to which Belt Buzz responds, "Use your head." Cut to Rex being used as a battering ram to open the vent grate. Connect the dots.
    Rex: But I don't wanna use my head!
  • Extremely Short Timespan: The movie is set over the course of three days, from Friday to Sunday, ending on Monday morning.
    Woody: (quickly; hushed; to the other toys) Have a good weekend, everybody, I'll see you Sunday night!
  • Fake Action Prologue: The beginning with Buzz Lightyear infiltrating Zurg's planet features Buzz Lightyear as an actual member of Star Command, complete with a working laser and real flight. It turns out to be a video game that Rex is playing.
  • Fake Static: Al uses this while talking to Mr. Kinoshi on his cell phone.
  • Family-Unfriendly Death: Buzz in the video game dies after getting his upper half disintegrated by Emperor Zurg.
  • Fantastic Racism: With the launch of Sputnik and the Space Race in the 1960s, children became obsessed with toys related to space and all other toys fell into steep decline quickly. This isn't true in modern times, but the old cowboys-themed toy Stinky Pete hasn't quite got over this old grudge, and in his own words, "space toys" like Buzz are upstarts.
  • Fat Bastard: Al and Stinky Pete. The former steals a child's toy to add to his collection, and in general is very greedy and rude. The latter appears friendly at first, but is later revealed to be so adamant about going to Japan that he'll force and even damage Woody into staying with them.
  • Fate Worse than Death: It's implied that Woody initially sees going to the museum as this, and so does Buzz when he finds out. In the latter's words, it would be like an And I Must Scream scenario, reduced to watching kids from behind glass and never being loved again.
  • Five-Man Band: The toys who go in search of Woody.
    • The Leader: Buzz, who serves as the impromptu captain and comes up with most of the ideas of what to do.
    • The Lancer: Slinky, who provides the most hand-on help to Buzz on the journey.
    • The Smart Guy: Mr. Potato Head, who provides most of the snark but uses his ability to remove body parts.
    • The Big Guy: Hamm, who is the slowest and heftiest, but provides most of the humor.
    • The Chick: Rex, awkward but well-meaning, mostly doing as he's told without trouble.
  • Five-Second Foreshadowing:
    • Right before the official reveal, the immediate sign that the scene of Andy coming home early was actually a dream of Woody's? The card game some of the other toys were playing consisted of all aces.
    • Doubles as a Meaningful Background Event: When Woody first sees the "Woody's Finest Hour" tape, it's stopped in the middle of a cliffhanger, with Stinky Pete saying Woody's Roundup was cancelled before airing the conclusion. This is the very same tape Woody plays for the others when they come to rescue him, except he failed to pause it. In the background after Buzz delivers his Armor-Piercing Question and leaves, Woody asks "Everybody okay?" and Jessie responds "Sheriff Woody! I knew you'd make it!" implying that Woody made it across the gorge and saved the others before the show goes into the "You've Got a Friend in Me" number. However, only the viewer would be able to pick that up, and it's implied none of the others ever saw the tape to the end before. Or, in other words, by revealing that he lied, Stinky Pete's villainy was hinted at shortly before it was shown.
  • Foreshadowing:
    • During Andy's playtime, Woody has to choose whether Bo Peep gets eaten by a shark or killed by monkeys, which ends with him taking a third option.
    • Woody's nightmare sets up how Woody is afraid of Andy outgrowing him, and fuelling his later decision to go to the museum with the Roundup Gang, despite initially wanting to return to Andy.
    • When the other toys assume Woody was trying to get himself sold at the yard sale by climbing into the "25¢" box, Slinky remarks "Oh, Woody, you're worth more than that!" Little did Slinky know that he wasn't wrong...
    • "The secret entrance is to the left, hidden in the shadows." Rex was actually talking about the video game in the Fake-Out Opening and referring to Zurg's lair, but Utility Belt Buzz takes it seriously and uses this information to get himself and the others into Al's building.
    • While Woody, Bullseye and Jessie's TV counterparts have the same voices as them, Stinky Pete's is different - his TV voice is goofy and high-pitched, while in real life his voice is lower and more mellow sounding.
    • The prospect of Andy growing into adulthood and leaving the toys without a home or an owner comes up again much later.
  • For Want of a Nail:
    • Most of the plot would not have happened if Andy hadn't accidentally torn Woody's arm, which itself wouldn't have happened if Andy had not had five minutes to play with Woody in the first place.
    • Woody's rescue of Wheezy would've gone off without a hitch... had Wheezy not begun slipping out of Buster's collar on the way back.
    • Similarly, had the corn popper not been left out in the middle of the sidewalk, Buster wouldn't have unintentionally thrown Woody off of him.
    • Played for Laughs: one of the bloopers shows what would've happened if the vent was screwed shut when the "Use your head!" plan was enacted.
  • A Friend in Need: Buzz name-drops the trope during his Rousing Speech to the others, calling Woody this and saying they shouldn't give up on him as there have been times he could have given up and didn't (citing two examples from the previous film, when Sid had Buzz strapped to the rocket, and then when they threw Woody out of the moving van).
  • Freeze-Frame Bonus: Parodied.
    • In one outtake, one of the LGMs tells the others he was in the first Toy Story when his arm was grabbing Woody's leg.
    • During the scene where the toys are watching the TV to find the commercial for Al's Toy Barn, old Pixar Shorts can be seen among the channels they skip through. The other channels are actually commercials animated by Pixar, for the likes of Tetra Pak, Listerine, Hallmark, and Levi's.
    • When Woody looks at the magazines on Al's floor, one of them has "Sputnik - First Photos Revealed" written on the side of the cover.
    • A constellation of the Luxo lamp is seen during the opening credits (when "Walt Disney Pictures presents" appears).
  • Friendly Tickle Torture: Jessie (and Bullseye) does this to Woody. Unfortunately, his friends walk in and believe her to be torturing him.
  • From Bad to Worse: After jumping back into his case when Al shows up to take photos of his collection, Woody unknowingly caused part of the stitching to get caught on the case's stand. As such, his arm winds up falling completely off due to the stitch getting pulled out when Al grabs him.
  • Furry Confusion:
    • A brief moment of this happens when Buzz uses an out-of-the-box, yet apparently non sentient or even alive Cymbal-Banging Monkey in his attempt to catch up with the other toys as they leave Al's Toy Barn.
    • The "snake in my boot" toy that Woody encounters appears to be an inanimate object, despite being an animal toy.
  • Genki Girl: Jessie. On "Woody's Roundup", Jessie is pure Genki. Even in the real world, though quite pessimistic and remorseful, she still has shades of this trope. John Lasseter described Jessie as "having high highs and low lows": when she's happy, she's ecstatic. When she's sad, she's manic.
  • Gilligan Cut: This little exchange when the toys need to get through a ventilation grate to rescue Woody:
    Rex: What are we gonna do, Buzz?
    Fake Buzz: Use your head.
    (cut to Rex being used as a battering ram)
    Rex: But I don't wanna use my head!!!
  • Guide Dang It!: Rex believes that the Buzz Lightyear video game is using extortion to get him to read a strategy guide. He unwittingly defeats Emperor Zurg in person at the elevator shaft, and once he gets home, he declares, "I don't need to play; I lived it!"
  • Hammerspace: From the Hilarious Outtakes mentioned below: "And a rubber ducky, and a PLASTIC STEAK, and a yo-yo!"
  • Hand-or-Object Underwear:
    • Bullseye, after his saddle falls off.
    • Hamm, after he trips and his cork is dislodged as he and the other toys trek to find Al's Toy Barn.
  • Happily Married: Mr. and Mrs. Potato Head. Though the former has to repeat to himself that he's married when he meets one of the Barbie dolls.
  • Harmless Villain: Al is a jerk and thief, but he otherwise poses no active or knowing threat to the toys (especially Woody, whose care is in his best interest, if just for the money he would nab by selling him).
  • He's a Friend: Woody to Andy's other toys when they arrive to rescue him.
  • He's Back: While Woody was still dealing with the fact that his arm was torn and was put on a shelf instead of going with Andy to camp, the literal second Wheezy points him towards the direction of the "Yard Sale" sign being put up, he immediately jumps back into the leadership role, further demonstrated when he promptly hitches a ride on Buster once Andy's mom takes Wheezy.
  • Heroes Gone Fishing:
    • Andy does this early on with Woody before accidentally ripping his arm.
    • Rex is also anxious to defeat Zurg in Andy's Buzz Lightyear video game. Hamm is seen playing the same video game at the end.
  • Heroic BSoD:
    • When Andy's mom makes Andy leave Woody at home due to his ripped arm, Woody is devastated.
    • Woody goes through one after having to choose between his gang and Andy's toys.
  • Hilarious Outtakes: Continuing from the popular gag from A Bug's Life, Toy Story 2 features bloopers as though these are real actors performing on set.
  • Homage: When the toys are at a toy store and driving around in a toy car, Rex at some point falls off and starts running after them to catch up. Mr. Potato Head spots Rex in the side mirror with the text "Warning: Objects in mirror are closer than they appear" written. This is clearly a parody of a scene in the original Jurassic Park movie where the island visitors tries to escape a T-Rex in the same manner, mirror warning and all.
  • Hope Spot: Towards the end of the "When She Loved Me" sequence, a grown up Emily finds Jessie under her bed. For a moment, it seems Jessie is about to be played with again but instead she is put in a box to be donated. Jessie then watches in horror as Emily drives away.
  • I Choose to Stay: Woody is torn between going back to Andy and eventually being thrown out, or going to the museum and lasting forever. Woody decides to remain with the Roundup Gang because he doesn't want to break them up, and knowing that if he abandons them, they could go back to storage indefinitely. Understandably, Andy's toys are shocked when they catch up to Woody, especially Buzz, who thinks Woody is throwing his life away. After some insight, Woody changes his mind and decides to go back to Andy after all, but take the Roundup Gang with him.
  • Identical Twin ID Tag: Andy's Buzz and Utility Belt Buzz look almost identical, so to differentiate the two, UB Buzz wears a utility belt that Andy's Buzz lacks, Andy's Buzz wears his helmet down while UB Buzz wears his up and UB Buzz still has his wrist communicator sticker while Buzz lacks his since he peeled it off in the first movie.
  • I Hate Past Me: Played with when Buzz meets Utility Belt Buzz, who acts like Buzz did in the previous movie (before seeing the Buzz Lightyear commercial).
    Utility Belt Buzz: (to his "communicator") Buzz Lightyear to Star Command, I've got an AWOL space ranger!
  • I Knew There Was Something About You: The toys are trying to find out who took Woody when Buzz recognizes the thief as Al of Al's Toy Barn, who appears in his commercials as "The Chicken Man", which the other toys dislike. Hamm says "I knew there was something I didn't like about that chicken."
  • I Never Told You My Name: When Woody first meets the Woody's Roundup gang, he finds himself surprised that Stinky Pete knows his name. He then gets shown all the merchandise of the Woody's Roundup TV show, of which they were the cast, so of course they would know his name.
  • I Owe You My Life: Mr. Potato Head acquires a trio of squeaky alien hangers-on in the second movie after he rescues them from falling out of a car. The Little Green Men then pester Mr. Potato Head with the line, "You have saved our lives! We are eternally grateful!" until the conclusion in which Mrs. Potato Head decides to adopt them in which the LGM respond with "Daddy!"
  • I Want You to Meet an Old Friend of Mine: John Ratzenberger and Kelsey Grammer were both castmembers on Cheers, so naturally Hamm and Stinky Pete have a scene together.
  • Improvised Screwdriver: Woody unscrews the cover of an air vent by turning the screws with his bare hands—as a toy, he's small enough for that to work. Later, Stinky Pete uses his toy pickaxe to re-tighten those same screws, closing the cover to prevent Woody from leaving.
  • Ink-Suit Actor: Voiced by Wayne Knight, Al bears more than a passing resemblance to him. Knight had his face scanned into the computer. (in a coincidental way, as soon as the ones responsible for the Brazilian dubbing saw he resembled Mauro Ramos, he got assigned the role)
  • Iris Out: The film ends with a typical cartoon-style one, on Wheezy after his big finish on the Robert Goulet "You've Got a Friend in Me" number.
  • Ironic Echo: Buzz repeats what Woody told him in the previous movie when the latter is concerned that the Roundup Gang will go back into storage forever if he doesn't go to Japan with them.
    Buzz: (to Woody) Woody, you're not a collector's item, you're a child's plaything. You. Are. A TOY!
    Woody: For how much longer? One more rip and Andy's done with me!
  • It's All About Me: Stinky Pete tries to act like it is about the Roundup Gang being together again when he starts taking extreme measures, but when Woody and Jessie accuse him of not being fair, he finally snaps and, after claiming they'd always end up in a dime store like he and other unpopular toys did, goes from "we" language to "me" language:
    Stinky Pete: "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!!!
  • It's Personal: After Stinky Pete punches Buzz, Woody says "No one does that to my friend!" and fights Pete.
  • Jaw Drop: Mr. Potato Head, Rex, Hamm and Slinky all do one in Al's Toy Barn upon first seeing the partying Barbie dolls.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Mr. Potato Head risking himself to save three of the Little Green Men (who he had just met!). He's also noticeably nicer in general than he was in the first movie, possibly because he now has a wife in the form of Mrs. Potato Head, which is what he wanted in the first film, and got at the end. He also feels guilty for his actions in the first movie.
    Buzz: Did Woody give up when you threw out of the back of that moving van?
    Mr. Potato Head: Oh, you had to go and bring that up!
  • Jerkass:
    • Al and Stinky Pete, the former for mistreating other people for the sake of prioritizing his ambitions, and the latter for being a condescending character towards others (including Jessie when she no longer supports him).
    • Jessie, after hearing Woody plans to leave them and go back to Andy, is pretty rude and snappy to him for a portion of the film. We later learn that she had understandable reasons to be upset.
  • Just in Time: Although he had no way of knowing, Mr. Potato Head was just moments away from getting crushed by the giant pipe due to his shoe getting caught on the gum.
  • Keep It Foreign: Tour Guide Barbie tells the toys to remain seated in both English and Spanish. (A reference to the safety spiel near the end of the Matterhorn Bobsleds at Disneyland.) In Latin America, Barbie uses English and Spanish (and in the same order), while in Spain, she says it first in Spanish and then in French.
  • Kitschy Local Commercial: The commercial for Al's Toy Barn uses many text boxes and a map to the store, coupled with Al's loud, declaring voice.
  • Left Hanging: According to Stinky Pete, the In-Universe Show Within a Show Woody's Roundup was cancelled during its final episode, leaving it uncertain if Woody saved Jessie and Stinky Pete.
  • Left the Background Music On: Sort of: When Buzz is giving his Rousing Speech, an American flag appears behind him and patriotic music plays... which stays after he walks off camera. It takes a few seconds before it's revealed that it's just Al's TV signing off ("And that concludes our broadcast day").
  • Licensed Game: A particularly notable aversion of The Problem with Licensed Games, as it blends the "sandbox-platformer" gameplays of Super Mario 64 and Spyro the Dragon, and then works surprisingly well. The Game Boy Color version, on the other hand, suffers from horrible music, poorly-drawn graphics, and broken controls.
  • Literal-Minded: Before setting out to save Woody, Buzz and Bo Peep share this bit of dialog:
    Bo Peep: This is for Woody, when you find him. [kisses Buzz on the cheek]
    Buzz: [clears throat] Um, alright, but I don't think it'll mean the same coming from me.
  • Lord Error-Prone: The second Buzz Lightyear doll, who (like Buzz in the last film) is convinced he's a real space ranger. His zany ideas get more and more troublesome, until he decides to drop him and the others down the elevator so he can "fly" instead. Even after the elevator saves them, the toys have no patience left for him.
  • Luke, I Am Your Father: Parodied with Zurg and Buzz (the one they meet in the Toy Store) in the second one. They later play catch with Zurg's ball-shooter.
  • Makeover Montage: Woody getting fixed up by Makeover Fairy Geri is presented this way. His eyes are glossed, hair is touched up, arm is stitched up, the bottom of his boot is painted over, etc.
  • Malevolent Architecture: Zurg's underground fortress is designed this way. Firstly, there's a spiked wall closing in on Buzz, really fast, to the point where he needs to sprint and jump out the closing door at the other end of the corridor. There's a really scary Bottomless Pit to deal with (but there are temporarily floating platforms to jump on). However, the platforms suddenly fall off (with Buzz). Fortunately, he is reminded of his utility belt and suddenly presses a life-saving button to suddenly fly back to the platform containing Zurg's "source of energy".
  • Malicious Misnaming: Stinky Pete, after revealing his true colors calls Buzz "Buzz Lightweight". Woody is quick to angrily correct him. Considering that Woody himself had done this to Buzz in the first film...
  • Match Cut:
    • When Buzz's rousing speech causes the Stars and Stripes to appear, he then leaves the camera, and the image turns grainy, then the camera pulls back from Al's apartment TV.
    • A variation comes after the scene where Woody is repaired and restored. Al proclaims, "He's just like new!" Then it immediately cuts to a sign reading "NEW!" at Al's Toy Barn as Buzz is searching for Woody.
  • Mean Character, Nice Actor: Stinky Pete in the outtakes is treated as just another friendly member of the cast.
  • Meaningful Background Event:
    • Leading up to the Nightmare Sequence, the cards that the toys are playing with before Andy returns are all aces of spades, even before Andy drops Woody into the pile. It's very easy to miss on an initial viewing, but it's the viewer's first hint that something isn't quite right at this moment.
    • Woody turns on the TV to show Buzz and the others the Woody's Roundup show that he came from, and it continues playing during the rest of the scene. When Buzz's group are leaving Woody can be heard on the TV saying "is everybody okay?" and Jessie is heard thanking him for saving them from the dynamite, revealing that this episode is "Woody's Finest Hour" and Stinky Pete lied about its cancellation.
  • Mistaken Identity: Buzz Lightyear is replaced with the new version of himself, and Andy's other toys mistake the new Buzz for Andy's Buzz.
  • Mood Whiplash: Andy's playtime with Woody early on comes to a sudden halt when Andy accidentally tears Woody's arm.
  • Morton's Fork: Evil Dr. Porkchop (Hamm) forces one upon Woody in Andy's playtime, making him choose between feeding Bo Peep to a shark or killing her with monkeys. Woody chooses Buzz Lightyear!
    • In tussling with Stinky Pete on the conveyor belt, he rips Woody's arm, then threatens him so:
      Stinky Pete: Your choice, Woody: you can go to Japan together, or in pieces. If he fixed you once, he can fix you again. Now GET IN THE BOX!'
      Woody: Never!
  • Motor Mouth: The marionette version of Woody in Woody's Roundup:
    Show!Woody: What's that? (in one breath) Jessie and Prospector are trapped in the old abandoned mine and Prospector just lit a stick of dynamite thinkin' it was a candle and now they're about to be blown to smithereens?
    Critter: Uh-huh.
  • Multi-Directional Barrage: In the beginning when Buzz first lands on a seemingly deserted planet, he finds himself surrounded by Zurg's Mecha-Mooks. He fires his laser into a crystal formation which refracts it in every direction, destroying them all at once.
  • Mythology Gag: When playing the Buzz Lightyear Video Game, Rex is seen wearing a Fish Bowl Helmet, with suction cups on them. This is the same Fish Bowl Helmet seen in the Toy Story Treats shorts.
  • Neck Lift: Emperor Zurg to the 2nd Buzz while they're on top of the elevator. Buzz also does this in triumph to Stinky Pete on the conveyor belt.
  • No Ending: In-universe. Due to a rise in space toy popularity, Woody's Round-Up was cancelled on a major cliffhanger with Woody and Bullseye leaping over the Grand Canyon while Jessie and Stinky Pete were trapped in a mine with a stick of dynamite about to blow. Or so Stinky Pete claims.
  • Noodle Incident: How Buzz gets Utility Belt!Buzz to do a Heel–Face Turn:
    Buzz 2: Could somebody please explain what's going on!?
    Buzz 1: (referring to Woody) It's alright, Space Ranger. It's a Code 546.
    Buzz 2: *gasp* You mean it's a—?
    Buzz 1: Yes.
    Buzz 2: *gasp* And he's a—?!
    Buzz 1: Ohhh yeah.
    Buzz 2: (runs and kneels at Woody's feet) Your majesty!
  • Not So Dire:
    • The opening of the film sees Buzz Lightyear confront Zurg and get disintegrated... and then it's revealled it's a video game Rex is playing.
    • Buzz fails to catch-up to Al before he leaves Al's Toy Barn, and consigns himself to defeat as he watches him drive away... to the apartment building across the street, and his spirits are raised again.
  • Not the Fall That Kills You: Happens at two situations:
  • Not What It Looks Like: When Woody is about to make off with his arm in the middle of the night, the TV goes on, waking up Al. As Woody notices when Al tries to turn off the TV, the remote is in front of Jessie's case. Stinky Pete was the one to put it there after turning on the TV.
    Woody: (bursts out of case; to Jessie) What is your problem?! Look, I'm sorry I can't help you guys, really, I am, but you didn't have to go and pull a stunt like that!
    Jessie: What, you think I did that?
    Woody: Oh, right, right, yeah, the TV just happened to turn on, and the remote magically ended up in front of you!
  • Oh, Crap!:
    • Buzz in the Fake-Out Opening when he's in a tunnel and a wall of spikes seals it off and moves towards him.
    • Woody in his nightmare when he realises he's landed in a dustbin, and thus that Andy is throwing him out.
    • Woody when Stinky Pete mentions they are to be sold to a museum, which causes him to stop dead.
    • Jessie and Stinky Pete when Woody reveals he still has an owner, which could cause them and Bullseye to end up back in storage.
    • Woody gets quite a funny one when his arm comes completely off.
    • Barbie, and then Andy's toys, in Al's Toy Barn when they see they're on a collision course with a tub of rubber balls.
    • Woody when he accidentally admits that he's ticklish and Jessie says a very sly "Oh, you are?"
    • Rex and the New Buzz in the lift shaft when Zurg appears.
    • Mr. Potato Head upon first glimpsing the sheer size of the airport baggage area, combined with Bowel-Breaking Bricks.
    • Slinky in the airport baggage area when his back end gets caught in a suitcase handle, pulling him away from Buzz.
    • Stinky Pete when he sees he's going to be stuffed in a Barbie backpack.
  • Once Done, Never Forgotten: The other toys cringe after Buzz brings up how they turned on Woody in the first film in his "uplifting" speech:
    Mr. Potato Head: Oh, you had to go and bring that up.
  • On One Condition: A variant of this is what sparks the conflict of the film. The museum is only willing to buy the collection of Woody's Roundup dolls if Woody, the main character of the series and most valuable part of the collection, is in it. Otherwise, it's back into storage for the Roundup Gang. Woody is stuck for a large portion of the movie deciding whether he should return to Andy who will eventually outgrow him and let the roundup gang go back into storage possibly forever, or stay with Roundup Gang and be sold to the museum with them...but never see Andy as a kid again while he still can or his friends back home.
  • One Steve Limit: Buzz Lightyear and "Utility Belt Buzz", both voiced by Tim Allen and both identical. Justified since they're the exact same toy.
  • Only One Name: Subverted with Al. We don't find out his surname for a long time, but during the scene where Konishi calls him before Al faxes the Woody's Roundup photos to him, you can hear Konishi calling him by his full name, Al McWhiggin.
  • Other Me Annoys Me: Buzz is annoyed when a duplicate toy of himself is as deluded as he was in the first movie.
  • Pac Man Fever: Averted or possibly even inverted — the game is quite on-par with the movie's graphics (despite running in an SNES!) and Rex doesn't even mash buttons.
  • Pair the Spares: Buzz and Jessie at the end of the film. Despite not having interacted for the rest of it, the ending has Buzz awkwardly flirting with her and becoming pretty starry-eyed (and his wings pop out) when she shows off her stunt skills.
  • Parental Bonus: The bit in which Woody climbs into the yard sale's 25 cent bin.
    Hamm: He's selling himself for 25 cents!
    Slinky: Aw, Woody, you're worth more than that!
  • Photo Doodle Recognition: After Woody is taken, the other toys are conducting an "investigation", with Etch drawing a sketch of the guy who took him. When Buzz asks him to draw the man in a chicken suit, everyone gasps as they recognize Big Al, the owner of Al's Toy Barn toy stores.
  • Plank Gag: Rex accidentally knocks Emperor Zurg off an elevator with his tail while shuddering in fear as Zurg is about to destroy the two Buzz Lightyears (one of them has a plastic belt around him).
  • Playing Catch With The Old Man: After Zurg reveals he's Buzz's father as a parody of Luke, I Am Your Father, they play catch together to bond at the end of the movie.
  • Prepare to Die: Zurg says this to Impostor Buzz.
  • Proactive Boss: Emperor Zurg tries to kill Buzz with a Smashing Hallway Trap before Buzz reaches him during the videogame sequence).
  • The Promised Land: For Jessie, Bullseye and the Prospector, it's the Konishi Toy Museum in Tokyo, Japan, where they'll be kept in top condition as museum displays and never have to worry about being discarded by a child again. The catch is that the museum director is only willing to buy them from Al if a Woody doll is included in the set. Woody almost decides to go with them, but when Buzz reminds him that being there for Andy is more important than being immortalized in a museum, he Takes A Third Option and decides to bring the Woody's Roundup gang home to Andy with him, at which point The Promised Land becomes Andy's house.
  • Properly Paranoid: Played for Laughs. Upon arrival to the airport, Al begins chewing out the airport employees demanding they be careful with his merchandise, wary of them being damaged in transit. The employee pays him little attention, and sure enough, we see the baggage handlers carelessly tossing bags into the plane’s cargo, audibly breaking some fragile items. It stops being the airport’s fault when the sentient Round-Up Gang leaves Al’s luggage for various reasons, but ultimately Al’s worst fears come true since he loses his deal with the museum over the missing toys.
  • Proscenium Reveal: The film starts with an elaborate Buzz Lightyear adventure which culminates in Buzz confronting Zurg, only for Zurg to suddenly disintegrate his entire upper torso with a single shot. The scene changes to show that it's actually Rex playing one of Andy's video games.
  • Reality Ensues:
    • This film is the first to bring up the unfortunate truth of toys the previous didn't: eventually, children grow up, won't care about toys anymore, and will move on. Jessie's previous owner was a cowgirl enthusiast as a child, but once she grew older, she got more into makeup, music, etc. and gave Jessie away. Woody accepts it by the end, but knows it will happen to him and the others later.
    • Toys made with cloth and stuffing have a risk of being ripped, as Woody unfortunately learns firsthand.
    • Traffic cones randomly appearing on the road will cause an accident.
    • Automatic doors need a lot of pressure in order to activate; a bunch of toys just stomping on it will not work, but all of them jumping down at once will.
    • Combined with Wham Shot, but an airport's baggage delivery system is a lot more complicated than you would assume.
  • Record Scratch: Used when Pete tells Woody about the museum. Granted, he was running on a record player at the time, his shock causing him to stop suddenly.
  • Red Alert: Called by the Sergeant during the yard sale.
  • Redemption Quest: The presence of the non-Buzz toys on the mission to rescue Woody can be read as one of these, in light of the events of the first movie.
    Buzz: Come on, fellas! Did Woody give up when Sid had me strapped to the back of a rocket?
    The Other Toys: {glumly} No.
    Buzz: No. And did Woody give up when you threw him out of the back of that moving van?
    Mr. Potato Head: {guilty} Oh, you had to bring that up.
    Buzz: No, he did not! We've got a friend in need! We will not rest until we're safe in Andy's room ! NOW LET'S MOVE OUT!
  • Red Eyes, Take Warning: Buzz Lightyear's archenemy, the evil Emperor Zurg, has red Glowing Eyes.
  • Remember the New Guy?: When Woody meets Wheezy the Penguin from Toy Story 2, his reaction is why he's up on the shelf with him instead of being away to get his squeaker fixed. Justified in that either Andy or Molly may have gotten Wheezy either for Christmas or their birthdays between the first two movies, maybe even for the Christmas they were celebrating at the end of the first one. After all, Buster and Mrs. Potato Head were also Christmas gifts at the end of the first one. Oddly enough, Woody and Buzz do mention being friends with Wheezy prior to this movie — in an "out of character" interview with the characters about the "filming" of the first movie.
  • Road Trip Across the Street: Al drives his old V8 from his apartment building's parking lot to his toy store, which is literally on the other side of the street. And he grumbles about having to drive to work on a Saturday!
  • Roundabout Shot: During "When She Loved Me", Jessie has one as Emily spins around with her on the tire swing.
  • Rousing Speech: Buzz to the other toys while going after Woody in 2. It's so rousing that the Stars and Stripes unfurls behind him out of nowhere. (In the non-US version, the Stars and Stripes is replaced by a spinning globe and fireworks).
  • Rummage Fail: While Potato Head reaches in to get his "angry eyes", he puts on the extra shoes, then charges at Jessie. Needless to say, she's very confused and disturbed.
  • Rump Roast: In a Woody's Roundup episode, Stinky Pete tries to put out a dynamite fuse by sitting on it, resulting in a Shout-Out to Who Framed Roger Rabbit: "My biscuits are burning!"
  • Running Gag:
  • Sad Clown: Jessie, who has a lot of anxiety problems, is fun and boisterous when not having a nervous breakdown.
  • Sadistic Choice: During Andy's playtime, Woody is forced to choose between a captive Bo Peep being eaten by a shark, or thrown to the evil monkeys. Woody chooses Buzz. Later, he faces a much more serious choice: leave Andy and his old friends behind to go to Japan and live a long life as an admired (but not loved) toy museum exhibit, or go home to Andy and cherish his remaining years with him, even if that means Andy will outgrow him and that Jessie and Bullseye will go back into storage. Again, Woody comes up with a third choice: "Hey you guys! Come with me!"
  • Say My Name: Buzz yells out "Slinky!" when Slinky is pulled off a suitcase in the airport baggage area when his back half sticks in another suitcase handle.
    • Buzz does it again on the tarmac, shouting "Woody!" when Woody is pulled off of him when trying to climb a baggage wagon.
    • Woody does it to Buzz when his hat blows off while hanging off the plane and Buzz, riding Bullseye, catches it.
  • Scare Chord: Parodied when a girl's Barbie reveals the other half of her face (covered in garish decorations) to Stinky Pete, who is also about to get a "makeover."
    Barbie: She's an artist.
  • Second Coming: Woody's welcome by Jessie, Bullseye, and Stinky Pete is almost treated as this with all the attendant Hero Worship elements attached to Woody, until he realizes that he's going to be joining them in a museum.
  • Sentimental Shabbiness: When Woody is owned by the greedy toy collector Al, he is cleaned up into perfect condition, but all in preparation for selling him to a toy museum where he'll be kept in unplayed storage forever. When Woody is owned by Andy, the kid is considerably sloppier at his attempt to repair Woody, but it's recognized as a sign of his affection and devotion to playing with his toys.
  • Ship Tease: Woody and Jessie in the movie, but the latter gets ultimately paired with Buzz since Woody already has Bo Peep.
  • Shout-Out:
  • Show Within a Show: Woody's Roundup is a type 3 case.
  • Singing Voice Dissonance: When speaking normally, Wheezy's voice is high pitched and nasally. When he sings a song at the end of the movie, he has the voice of Robert Goulet.
  • Something Else Also Rises:
    • Buzz's wings after he sees Jessie opening the door with a full acrobatic routine.
    • Parodied in the outtakes: Woody scribbled "This Space for Rent" on Buzz's wings at some point before the scene.
  • Spin-Off: Buzz Lightyear of Star Command.
  • Spiritual Successor: "When She Loved Me" is meant to be one to the "Strange Things" scene in the first film, with the once-prized pull-string doll is neglected by the child's next phase, complete with similar shots. The only difference being, of corse, how they end.
  • Spot the Imposter: When the toys realize they have two Buzz Lightyears. They're starting to cotton on when one of the Buzzes starts going on about "Star Command" and has a freak-out when his helmet is opened, but the deal is finally cinched when only one Buzz has Andy written on his foot.
  • Stepford Smiler: Tour Guide Barbie lampshades this at the end of the outtakes seen during the end credits when, after bidding everyone goodbye, she finally stops smiling and comments on it exaggeratedly:
    Barbie: Oh, my gosh, my cheeks are killing me! I can't even keep smiling like this anymore! I am exhausted!
  • The Stoic: Andy becomes this in Woody's nightmare among realizing and remembering Woody's arm is broken. He says in a Creepy Monotone with a blank look on his face, "I don't wanna play with you anymore," right before dropping Woody, and the last thing Woody sees in his nightmare is Andy saying in the same emotionless monotone "Bye, Woody..."
  • Strange Minds Think A Like: This movie shows that Buzz's delusions of being a real space ranger in the first movie wasn't just a thing he alone had. All Buzz Lightyear action figures think they're the real thing.
  • Take a Third Option: In Andy's play scenario, he has Hamm hold Bo Peep hostage and tells Woody he has a choice of either feeding Bo to a shark or death by monkeys. Woody then chooses Buzz Lightyear, who crashes into Hamm, giving Woody enough time to rescue Bo Peep. Later on, Woody has to choose whether to return to Andy and let Jessie, Bullseye, and Stinky Pete go into storage or go with them to a toy museum in Japan. He eventually decides to choose the former, only to take the rest of the toys with him (except for Stinky Pete, who rejects the offer).
  • Take That!: "You can't rush art!" seems to be a stab against the rushed production of the film.
  • That One Boss: invoked Zurg in Buzz Lightyear: Attack on Zurg, at least according to Rex. Granted, Rex's arms aren't good for operating a SNES controller made for normal-sized humans, but Hamm also seems to have trouble when playing the game.
  • That Reminds Me of a Song:
    • Happens at the end when Wheezy gets a new squeaker and feels like singing a song, to which he sings a big-band rendition of "You've Got a Friend in Me", with his singing voice by Robert Goulet. Though it does pause briefly for a heartwarming moment between Woody and Buzz.
    • The part when Wheezy gets ready to sing was also part of the blooper reel, where he hilariously fails at catching the microphone.
  • That's Gotta Hurt: When Woody is searching for his hat in Andy's chest of drawers at the beginning, Buzz gets his attention by calling out to him. Woody straightens up, hits his head on the open drawer above him, loses his balance and falls to the floor, hitting every other drawer on the way down. Buzz and Rex have this reaction.
  • They Call Me MISTER Tibbs!: Mr. Potato Head saying, "Prepare to meet Mr. Angry Eyes!" Too bad he got his spare feet instead...
  • This Is Gonna Suck:
    • The real Buzz quietly says "Oh, no" to himself before the second Buzz slams his face into the glass wall of the display case they're in.
    • Mr. Potato Head at the end when Mrs. Potato Head says she wants to adopt the aliens.
  • Timmy in a Well: In a Woody's Roundup episode, Jessie sends some animals to get Sheriff Woody. Woody easily interprets their chatter into a complex message.
  • Treacherous Advisor: Stinky Pete.
  • Tsundere: Jessie behaved as a Type B towards Woody after the latter decided leave the Roundup Gang and return home with Andy. She got out of this phase after revealing her past to him.
  • Twin Threesome Fantasy: Parental Bonus in the credits sequence.
  • Two Words: I Can't Count: Downplayed: Stinky Pete was explaining the reason for the declining popularity of Woody's Roundup: "Two words: Sput. Nik." Stinky Pete was referring to unmanned Russian satellite Sputnik, the beginning of the "Space Race". And to be fair, although Sputnik is one word, it has two syllables.
  • Ungrateful Bastard: Buzz and friends come all the way to rescue Woody from being sold to a museum in Japan by Al. And what is Woody's response: "Well you wasted your time!". Although Woody does have a change of heart and tries to leave with them almost immediately.
  • Unusually Uninteresting Sight: Did none of the drivers think that moving traffic cones were a little odd?
    • Also, none of Andy's toys react to Woody's scream when he wakes up from his Catapult Nightmare, not even Wheezy, who was next to him (hidden behind a book).
  • Up to Eleven: Zurg's Ion-Blaster.
  • Use Your Head: Rex, to enter Al's apartment.
    Rex: But I don't wanna use my head!
  • Utility Belt: I bet you could sure use one of those.
  • Vader Breath: The opening uses the real Vader sound, along with some other Skywalker Sound sound effects in and around Zurg's base.
  • Vanity License Plate: Al's license plate gives Buzz a clue to Woody's location.
  • Viewers Are Morons: Likely why Jessie stated that Tokyo (where the museum Al planned to sell the Roundup Gang to is located) is in Japan.
  • Villain Has a Point: Stinky Pete tells Woody that Andy will one day grow up and leave him. Although he was obviously saying this to manipulate Woody into giving up on Andy, he is actually right because all children outgrow their toys eventually and Jessie herself was outgrown by her former owner, Emily. Woody fully agrees with him that he can't stop Andy from growing up. In fact, this gave hints Foreshadowing Toy Story 3
  • A Villain Named "Z__rg": The Troperiffic evil emperor Zurg.
  • Villains Out Shopping: Implied. After Buzz's Rousing Speech to the other toys, it cuts to Al's apartment, where he's asleep on the sofa, and a bowl of cheese puffs in his arm falls to the floor as his arm goes limp.
  • Visual Pun:
    • Woody refuses Buzz and the other toys' rescue of him when he decides he wants to go to Japan with the other members of Woody's Roundup. He turns his back on Buzz, first figuratively, then literally.
    • While Buzz is running down the airport conveyor belt, a ticket to Butte is stuck on his rear end.
  • Vocal Dissonance: Stinky Pete's voice on TV is goofy and high-pitched, whilst the toy version speaks in a lower, more serious and melancholic tone. This is the first unnoticeable clue that he's not what he seems.
  • Wacky Wayside Tribe: Amusing though he is, this is essentially what the encounter with Zurg is for. He has nothing to do with the plot of the movie and doesn't affect it in any significant way — in fact, the toys other than Utility Belt Buzz and Rex just ignore him when he appears and focus on trying to get Jessie and Woody out of Al's bag.
  • Waking Non Sequitur: When Al is jarred awake by the television comes on, he jumps up yelling "No, officer, I swear!".
  • Weird West: Whatever Andy's playing at the start of the movie has a Space Marine (Buzz) in the Wild West; nobody bats an eye over it.
  • We Meet Again: Emperor Zurg says this to Buzz Lightyear.
    Zurg: So, we meet again, Buzz Lightyear...for the last time!
  • Wham Line:
    • One doubles as an In-Universe one for Woody during the record player scene:
    Jesse: Look at us! We're a complete set!
    Stinky Pete: Now it's on to the museum!
    • An even bigger one happens later on when Stinky Pete reveals himself to want himself to go to the museum at all costs and last forever:
    Stinky Pete: I tried reasoning with you, Woody, but you keep forcing me to take extreme measures.
    *Turns the TV off with his pickaxe, revealing he was the one who woke Al up the prior night*
  • Wham Shot: Several. John Lasseter seems to love these.
    • For starters: "YARD SALE".
    • invoked The cleaner painting over the "Andy" underneath Woody's boot. The DVD Commentary notes that, at several screenings, audience members audibly gasped.
    • After convincing Jesse and Bullseye (well, Bullseye at least) to come with him to Andy's, Woody is about to do the same with Stinky Pete, only to turn his box around to reveal that it's empty. Followed by the sounds of him shutting the open vent and tightening its screws.
    • "Once we go through, we just need to find that case.
  • Where It All Began: Downplayed: this film sees Buzz explore the same Buzz Lightyear aisle he saw in his own toy commercial, and ultimately is forced into a "Buzz Lightyear" box and onto the shelf by Utility Belt Buzz.
  • Whatever Happened to the Mouse?: Whatever happened to the puppets used in "Woody's Roundup"? Despite Al having the entire merchandise related to the tv show, these puppets from the show are nowhere to be seen. There's speculation that, due to being props and not part of the show, they were destroyed after the show was cancelled due to low ratings.
  • Who Wants to Live Forever?: The story presents the toys with a tough decision between a) having a genuine connection with a human kid that ends when they get lost or broken or the child inevitably outgrows them, versus b) sitting behind glass in a museum and being forever admired by children... but never played with or truly loved. Woody, Buzz and eventually Jessie would rather have the former. Stinky Pete, who spent years sitting on a shop shelf and has never been played with by a child, opts for the latter... and isn't going to let the chance pass him by for anything.
  • Woobie, Destroyer of Worlds: After hearing Stinky Pete remind the others about toys as unpopular as them sitting on a store shelf for years, watching every other toy get sold, himself an example - you can't help but feel for him. And while he attempts some rather bad things near the end, his desire to find some form of love as a museum piece instead of going back to a store shelf or storage is understandable.
    Pete: Your choice, Woody: you can go to Japan together or in pieces. If he fixed you once, he can fix you again.
  • Worf Had the Flu: Invoked by Woody after his fight with Jessie, as an excuse for losing. He did lack one arm.
  • Worth It: Woody ultimately concludes that even though Andy will someday outgrow him, it'll be fun while it lasts, and in the end, he'll have Buzz Lightyear's friendship to see him through.
  • Would Hit a Girl: Woody implies he would do this during the aforementioned fight.
  • Writers Cannot Do Math: Whilst it's not known what part of the United States the series is set in, you cannot fly to Japan at night and return to America the following morning.
  • Yank the Dog's Chain: During the "When She Loved Me" sequence, Emily, now grown up, finds Jessie again after years of having forgotten about her, giving Jessie a little bit of happiness with Emily once more, but it's brought to a crushing halt when Emily thoughtlessly gives Jessie away.
  • You Answered Your Own Question: Rex: "How do you spell FBI?"'
  • Your Mind Makes It Real: Downplayed: compare the first time Woody's arm is ripped to the second time. The first time it happens, after its decided to put him on the shelf rather than letting Andy take him to camp, Woody loses all use of his arm until it is fixed. The second time, after Stinky Pete intentionally rips it to try and force Woody into going to Japan, Woody can still use his arm, even after it rips more during the escape from the airplane.


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Emperor Zurg

Emperor Zurg is the archenemy of the Galactic Alliance and Buzz Lightyear in the latter's franchise. His action figure 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 a Zurg action figure's box and the toy breaks free. Said toy believes he is the real Zurg, and plans to destroy Buzz. The toys later encounter him in Al's building's 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, and is last seen playing catch with Utility Belt Buzz.

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