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Villain Overview

I didn't throw you away; your kid did! Ain't one kid ever love a toy really! Chew on that when you're at the dump!
~ Lotso to Andy's toys.
~ Lotso revealing his true nature and beliefs on life as a toy to his former minions.
Where's your kid now, sheriff?
~ Lots-o'-Huggin' Bear's last and most infamous line as he leaves Andy's toys to die in the incinerator.

Lots-o'-Huggin' Bear, more commonly known as Lotso for short, is the main antagonist of Pixar's 11th full-length animated feature film Toy Story 3.

He is a large, evil, pink sentient strawberry-scented teddy bear who used to rule Sunnyside Daycare like a prisoner of war camp with the help of his former minions - Ken, Big Baby, Stretch, Sparks, Chunk, Twitch, the Bookworm and the Monkey. Ultimately, Lotso's reign of terror ended when Andy's toys arrived, all while serving as the latter group's most hated enemy and Woody's arch-nemesis.

He was voiced by the late Ned Beatty, who also played Otis in the 1978 Superman film and its sequel, Charles Meachum in Shooter and Tortoise John in Rango.

Toy Story 3's Description

“Lots-o'-Huggin' Bear is a jumbo, extra-soft teddy bear with a pink and white plush body and a velvety purple nose. This lovable bear stands fuzzy heads and shoulders above other teddy bears because he smells like sweet strawberries! With a smile that will light up your child's face and a belly just asking to be hugged, Lots-o'-Huggin' Bear is sure to become a bedtime necessity. Stain-resistant. Spot clean plush surface with a damp cloth.”


Mr. Pricklepants: Sunnyside is a place of ruin and despair, ruled by an evil bear who smells of strawberries.
Woody: L-Lotso?
Buttercup: The guy may seem plush and huggable on the outside, but inside, he's a monster.
~ Mr. Pricklepants and Buttercup telling Woody about Lotso's true nature.

At first, Lotso seemed like a caring, compassionate, friendly, and polite teddy bear, welcoming Woody and the gang with open arms, giving them a tour, and telling the toys that different kids at the daycare center would continue to play with them for years to come and that they would never get rejected. However, this was only a ruse as his true self is actually a tyrannical, cruel, selfish, sadistic, manipulative, and brutal control freak who regularly abused his position, despised children and ruled Sunnyside as a concentration camp.

Lotso often imprisoned new toys in the Caterpillar Room so that he could test their ability to endure the abuse of the reckless and destructive children there until the broken toys are thrown away and send to the dump to their deaths, with no remorse for it. This nature was because according to Chuckles, Lotso was originally a good-natured and gentle bear, a friend of both Chuckles and Big Baby. He loved his owner Daisy as much as she loved him, as they did everything together.

However, when Daisy forgot them and replaced Lotso with another teddy bear, Lotso felt betrayed and heartbroken. The grief and anger meanwhile drove Lotso to develop a harsh expression of cynicism and a negative philosophy about being a toy, believing that they were nothing special and destined to get thrown out in the trash (which is somewhat accurate considering the fact that toys tend to be given away and sometimes even discarded by their owners when they outgrow them). He even deemed love as a complete illusion, and while he played up his affable image as the ruler of Sunnyside, he developed near fatalists tendencies as he stated that all toys were ultimately made to be thrown away and there was no salvation for them.

Lotso also showed no mercy to toys that resisted, opposed, helped other toys escape, and didn't follow his views, with examples being breaking Chuckles the Clown and Chatter Telephone, having Stretch push the toys into the dumpster, disowning Ken for not agreeing with his view that there were a hundred million Barbie dolls, and punching Big Baby with his mallet for being attached to their former owner again. Additionally, by destroying Big Baby's old pendant, Lotso showed that he not only wanted to forget his own relationship with Daisy and pretend it never even existed, but he also wanted to destroy all of Big Baby's ties to Daisy and essentially all toys' ties to their owners.

However, despite his claims and great extremes to secure his power, Lotso is ultimately a coward and hypocrite. When welcoming Andy's toys to Sunnyside, he is shown to be contradicting in his statements concerning donations, claiming to Andy's toys that getting donated is the best thing that ever happened to them, and then saying that them getting donated by Andy was his loss and therefore, he can't hurt them anymore, even though he is intentionally hurting them by placing them in the Caterpillar Room. Eventually, when the toys try to escape Sunnyside, Big Baby, having enough with his abuse, throws him in the trash heap and Lotso begs him not to lock him inside and at the landfill. Despite seemingly showing thankful feelings toward Woody for saving him from the shredders, Lotso kept his belief that children would end up throwing away their toys out of boredom and disinterest without realizing the physical and emotional pain they cause to them, as evidenced by his refusal to press the stop button of emergency which, if he had pushed it, would have led to his redemption by sparing Woody and his friends from their ardent death in the incinerator.

Overall, Lotso has proven to be both irredeemably and unsympathetically evil. Despite his tragic backstory and any admiration he may have had towards Daisy, Lotso shredded it all up by taking his hatred and rage on other toys that had no involvement with him getting replaced. Furthermore, he refuses to accept the fact that he was the only one who was replaced as he insisted to let his former friends suffer with him, Lotso is more than willing to let other toys suffer or get broken simply out of his hatred of Daisy.

Moreover, he happily caused great harm to Woody and his friends, despite the fact that Woody risked his life to save his own fur, and he would not hesitate to betray his own minions or throw away any shed of redemption all for the sake of power and sadism, and by extension, it turns his horrendous treatment of the other toys into his way of angrily lashing out at everyone else with the mindset that if he can't be happy no one can. All this makes Lotso the worst, and by far, the most hated enemy of Woody and his friends.



  • Daisy - Former Owner



Other Appearances

Toy Story 3: The Video Game

Lotso reappeared in every version of the video game based on Toy Story 3.

Wii, Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 PC

In the story mode of the Wii, Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 PC version, Lots-O appears in the Butterfly Room level. In the Toy Box mode, He appears in an area called "The Enchanted Glen" where he comments the pixies have turned townspeople into caterpillars.

PlayStation 2 and PlayStation Portable

He also can be seen in the PlayStation 2 and PlayStation Portable version.

Nintendo DS

He even appeared in The Nintendo DS story mode which portrays the events of the film as they went on. Just like his own movie counterpart, Lotso pretends to be nice and caring at first only to reveal his true intentions to Andy's toys once Buzz asks him to be transferred from the Caterpillar Room along with his friends. A small but important change in the game is during his betrayal of Woody and the toys, instead of maliciously taunting Woody, he just runs away without even looking at him. Another one is how Woody reacted upon his discovery that Lotso did not want to help: instead of yelling in despair, he is visibly shocked and depressed for a moment, only to be interrupted by the incinerator which the cowboy and the other toys fortunately later escaped from.

Lotso's fate is the same as that of his film incarnation, he is found and kept by the garbage man and is last seen attached to the garbage truck with the other toys.

Disney Parks

Lotso makes meet-and-greet appearances at Disney's Hollywood Studios along with Woody, Buzz, and the other Toy Story characters and is part of the Toy Story Block Party Bash Parade (Now known as Pixar Pals Countdown to Fun.) and at Disney's California Adventure. Lotso is a very popular attraction at Hollywood Studios and California Adventure.


Lotso: She replaced us. Come on!
Chuckles: No… she only replaced you!
Lotso: SHE REPLACED ALL OF US! Didn't she? [to Big Baby] She don't love you no more! Now COME ON!
~ Lotso's chronologically first lines as he forces Chuckles and Big Baby to leave Daisy behind, despite the fact he was the only one who got replaced.
Lotso: Well, hello there. I thought I heard new voices. Welcome to Sunnyside, folks. I'm Lots-o'-Huggin' Bear, but please, call me Lotso.
Buzz: Buzz Lightyear. We come in—
Lotso: [hugs Buzz tightly] First thing you gotta know about me; I'm a hugger. [releases Buzz who gasps for air] Aw, you've been through a lot today, haven't you?
Mrs. Potato Head: Oh it's been horrible!
Lotso: Well you're safe now. We're all cast-offs here. We've all been dumped, donated, yard saled, second-handed, and just plain thrown out, but just you wait. You'll be donated was the best thing that ever happened to ya.
~ Lotso welcoming Andy's toys to Sunnyside.
Rex: Do toys here get played every day?
Lotso: All day long, five days a week.
Jessie: But what happens when the kids grow up?
Lotso: Well now, I'll tell ya. When the kids get old, new ones come in. When they get old, new ones replace them. You'll never be outgrown, or neglected, never abandoned or forgotten. No owners means… no heartbreak.
Jessie: Yee-haw!
Mrs. Potato Head: It's a miracle.
Mr. Potato Head: And you wanted us to stay at Andy's!
Woody: Because we're Andy's toys!
Lotso: So you got donated by this… Andy, huh? Well, it's his loss, Sheriff. He can't hurt you no more.
~ Lotso makes a hypocritical statement about Andy hurting his toys, as Lotso himself would hurt them later on by sending them to the Caterpillar Room where he knows they will be tortured.
Well thank you, Big Baby. Why don't you come meet our new friends? Poor Baby. We were thrown out together, me and him, abandoned by the same owner.
~ Lotso introducing Big Baby and mentioning how they both had the same owner. A possibly foreshadowing at Lotso's backstory.
Lotso: Ken? What's going on here? Why is this toy tied up?
Ken: Uh, he—he got out, Lotso.
Lotso: Got out? [walks to Buzz] Oh, no! No, no, no, no! This isn't how we treat our guests. If they owe my shorts. [unties Buzz's wrists] There you go. I'm so sorry about this.
Buzz: Lotso, there's been a mistake.
Lotso: A mistake?
Buzz: [unties his ankles] The children in the Caterpillar Room are not age-appropriate for me and my friends. [faces Lotso] We respectfully request a transfer to the Butterfly Room.
Lotso: Well, request granted!
Ken: But Lotso!
Lotso: Hush now, Kenneth! [pats Buzz on the back] This toy has shown initiative, leadership. Why I'd say, we found ourselves a keeper. You hear that? We got… [holds up Buzz's hand] …a keeper!
[Everyone cheers.]
Lotso: We're calling you up to the big leagues, son! From now on, you'll have anything you want!
Buzz: Excellent! I'll go get my friends.
Lotso: Whoa, Whoa. Hold on there, Boss. Those caterpillar kids need someone to play with.
Buzz: But my friends don't belong there.
Lotso: Oh, none of us do, I agree, which is why, for the good of our community, we ask the newer toys, the stronger ones, to take on the hardships the rest of us can't bear anymore.
Buzz: Well, I—I guess that makes sense. But I can't accept. We're a family. We stay together.
Lotso: Family man, huh? I understand. [looks at Big Baby] Put him back in the time-out chair!
[Big Baby picks Buzz up and carries him back to the time-out chair.]
Buzz: Unhand me!
Lotso: Bring in the book worm.
[Ken whistles.]
Bookworm: Ah! Here it is! It was filed under "Lightyear".
Lotso: Let's see here. "Accessories", "maintenance", oh! Here we go! "Remove screws to access the battery compartment."
Buzz: What are you doing!? Stop! Let go of me! Ow!
[Lotso's minions unscrew Buzz.]
Lotso: "To return your Buzz Lightyear action figure to its original factory settings…"
Buzz: No!
Lotso: "…slide the switch from play to demo."
~ Lotso revealing his true colors.
Lotso: Hey, there. How are you doing this fine evening?
Jessie:: Thank goodness! Have you seen Buzz?
Mrs. Potato Head: There's been a mistake! We have to go.
Lotso: Go? Why you just got here. And in the nick of time too. We were running low on volunteers for the little ones. They just love new toys now, don't they?
Mr. Potato Head: Loved? We've chewed, kicked, drooled on.
Mrs. Potato Head: Just look at my pocketbook!
Lotso: Well, here's the thing, sweet potato. You ain't leaving Sunnyside.
Mrs. Potato Head: SWEET POTATO?!! Who do you think you're talking to? I have over 30 accessories and I deserve more respect!
Lotso: [removes her mouth] Ah, that's better.
Mr. Potato Head: Hey! No one takes my wife's mouth, except me. Give it back, you furry air fresher!) (*grabs his wife's mouth*)
Jessie: Come on guys. We're going home. [walks away]
Lotso: Whoa, there, Missy. You're not going anywhere.
Jessie: Oh, yeah! And who's going to stop us?
[Buzz appears in front of her.]
Rex: Buzz! You're back! [runs towards Buzz before the space ranger goes into a karate pose] Buzz?
[Buzz kicks Rex.]
Jessie: Hey!
[Buzz lunges towards Andy's toys.]
Hamm: Look out!
[Buzz begins beating up Andy's toys as Lotso watches with malicious satisfaction.]
Hamm: What are you, nuts?
Slinky: [tries to run before Buzz has him by the tail] Buzz!
Buzz: [grabs two of the Little Green Men by their heads and spins them around, then stands on top of Andy's toys] Prisoners disabled, Commander Lotso!
Jessie: Buzz! What are you doing?
Buzz: Silence, minions of Zurg! You're in the custody of the Galactic Alliance!
Rex: Zurg?
Mr. Potato Head: Galactic Alliance?
Hamm: Oh boy!
Lotso: Good work, Lightyear! Now lock them up!
Buzz: Yes, sir!
~ Lotso and Demo Mode Buzz capturing Andy's toys.
Lotso: Listen up, folks. We got a way of doin' things here at Sunnyside. If you start at the bottom, pay your dues, life here can become a dream come true! But if you break our rules, step out of line, try to check out early, well, you're just hurting yourselves. [throws Woody's hat]
Jessie: [gasps] Woody! What did you do to him?
Lotso: You all get a good night's rest. You got a full day of playtime tomorrow.
~ Lotso's speech.
Lotso: Rise and shine, campers!
Buzz: Commander Lotso! Sir! All quiet, nothing to report.
Lotso: Excellent work, Lightyear. Come on. We need ya back at Star Command.
~ Lotso retrieving Buzz.
Ya'll get ready. You've got a play date with destiny.
~ Lotso before leaving Jessie and her friends.
Lotso: What are ya'll doing here? Running back to your kid? He don't want you no more.
Woody: That's a lie!
Lotso: Is it? Tell me this, Sheriff. If your kid loves you so much, why is he leaving? You think you're special, cowboy? You're a piece of plastic! You were made to be thrown away! [hears a garbage truck in the distance] Speak of the devil. [sees truck in the distance] Now, we need toys in our Caterpillar Room, and you need to avoid that truck. Why don't you come on back, join our family again?
Jessie: This isn't a family! It's a prison! You're a liar and a bully, and I'd rather rot in this dumpster than join any family of yours!
Barbie: Jessie's right! Authority should derive from the consent of the governed, not from the threat of force!
Lotso: If that's what you want. [bangs on the dumpster as Ken appears]
Ken: Barbie! Don't do this, Lotso!
Lotso: She's a Barbie doll, Ken. There’s a hundred million just like her.
Ken: Not to me, there is not.
Lotso: Fine! Then why don't you join her? [picks Ken up and throws him out to Andy's toys]
Barbie: [hugs Ken] Oh, Ken!
Ken: Everyone, listen! Sunnyside could be cool and groovy if we treated each other fair. It's Lotso! He made us into a pyramid, and he put himself on top!
Lotso: Anyone concur with Ken? [looks at Woody and his friends] I didn't throw you away; your kid did! Ain't one kid ever love a toy really. Chew on that when you're at the dump!
Woody: Wait! What about Daisy?
Lotso: I don't know what you're talkin' about.
Woody: Daisy? You used to do everything with her?
Lotso: Yeah, then she threw us out.
Woody: No. She
lost you!
Lotso: She replaced us!
Woody: She replaced
you, and if you couldn't have her, then no one could! You lied to Big Baby, and you've been lyin' ever since! [holds up Big Baby's pendant]
Lotso: Where'd you get that?
Woody: She loved you, Lotso.
Lotso: She never loved me!
Woody: …As much as any kid ever loved a toy.
[Woody throws the pendant at the toys, and Big Baby picks it up.]
Big Baby: Mama…
Lotso: [grabs the pendant] What? You want your mommy back? She never loved you! DON'T BE SUCH A BABY!
[Lotso smashes the pendant with his cane. Big Baby sniffles.]
Lotso: Push 'em in. ALL of them!
[Stretch hesitantly starts to push Woody and the gang towards the dumpster.]
Lotso: This is what happens when you DUMMIES TRY TO THINK!
[Lotso jabs Big Baby in the belly with his cane. Twitch and Sparks gasp in horror.]
[Suddenly, Big Baby hoists Lotso up.]
Lotso: Hey! Stop it! Put me down, you idiot!
[Big Baby tosses the wicked bear into the dumpster.]
Lotso: No, no! Wait a minute! Big Baby, wait!
[Big Baby slams the lid in Lotso's face.]
Rex: He's gone!
Mr. Potato Head: Holy cow!
~ Lotso reveals his true nature to his minions before being thrown out by Big Baby.
~ Lotso while being rescued from the shredder by Woody and Buzz before he and the other toys see the incinerator.
Thank you, Sheriff.
~ Lotso thanking Woody for rescuing him from the shredder.
Lotso: Sheriff! The button! Help me!
Woody: Come on!
[Woody and the others run back to Lotso by the ladder, and Woody and Buzz give him a boost.]
Woody: Go! Go! Hit the button!
[Lotso climbs the ladder while Woody and his friends are taken closer to the incinerator.]
Woody: Hurry!
[Lotso reaches the top.]
Woody: Just push it! Push it!
Buzz: Push it!
Lotso: Where's your kid now, sheriff?
~ Lotso's last words as he leaves Woody and his friends to die.


  • In a viral marketing campaign, Pixar posted two commercials, for a "real" Lotso teddy bear manufactured in 1983 (perhaps even longer), on YouTube. One was a typical American toy commercial from the '80s, and the other was done in Japanese. Both feature the "Toy Story Collection" version of Lotso and are included on the bonus disc of the Toy Story 3 Blu-ray.
  • Despite the fact that Lotso is the villain in Toy Story 3, the "Toy Story Collection" version of him doesn't say any villainous phrases. He says all sorts of kind phrases. This was probably done so fans of the franchise wouldn't find out that he was the bad guy.
  • The truck Lotso ends up on reads "KRUMM". This same word was on Al McWhiggin's suitcase in Toy Story 2.
  • Lotso is the representative for Toy Story 3 in the 10-Disc Ultimate Toy Box Trilogy set containing Blu-ray, DVD, and Digital Copies of Toy Story 3 and the first two Toy Story movies.
  • In the Toy Story 3 book with Woody's POV of the film, Lotso has more lines when he confronts Andy's toys at the dumpster.
  • The film tie-in book The Art of Toy Story 3 includes these interesting facts about Lotso's development.
    • He was originally conceived as a teddy bear from the early 80s Care Bears toy line. This idea was not dropped until after the storyboard was completed and can be seen in the final version.
    • The animators also admitted that they increased Lotso's cruelty in the final version of the film in order to ensure that people understood that he deserved what happened in the end, as the test screenings had some kids still sympathizing with him after his backstory was revealed.
    • The film's director, Lee Unkrich says that he got the inspiration for Lotso's backstory when his niece left her favorite toy — a doll named "Peggy" — at a Burger King restaurant, and had replaced her with a new doll named Peggy. He wondered what the old Peggy would think if she came back and discovered there was a new Peggy.
    • In addition, Unkrich also mentioned the reason for Lotso's defeat. He refused to send him through the shredder or the incinerator because it would be sadistic. But he definitely deserved being stuck to the front of the truck.
  • Lotso made a cameo appearance in Up, the last Pixar movie released before Toy Story 3. He was spotted next to Dee's bed when Carl's house flies past her window outside.
  • When Lotso is helped to the emergency stop button on the trash conveyor belt, instead of pushing the button to stop the belt and save the other toys, he glares at them and yells, “WHERE'S YOUR KID NOW, SHERIFF?!” This is a wink to the Internet meme “Where is your God now?”, a sarcastic way of inducing fear in a victim (the internet meme, in turn, originates from a line in a Billy Crystal routine making fun of the incongruity of Edward G. Robinson being cast in The Ten Commandments (1956): “Where's your Messiah now, Moses?”).
  • Lotso's defeat is fitting because it has given him two things he had been asking for: First, the true meaning of love, which he got from the garbage man, who remembered having a Lots-o'-Huggin' Bear toy as a kid. And second, a fitting end to a considerably miserable life, which he would face from the elements, bugs, and mud; and/or from eventually being thrown away again, leading him to die in the shredders or the incinerator. However, this is also a bad ending for him, since one of the movie's themes involved characters finding their purpose in the changing world or perishing.
  • His thick Southern accent, initially soft-spoken demeanor, and many of his iron fist policies as "Warden"—including throwing uncooperative prisoners into "the box"—are clear references to "The Captain", Strother Martin's character from Cool Hand Luke (as well as Lotso's voice actor, Ned Beatty's previous character, Sheriff J.C. Conners, from White Lightning).
  • According to the official movie magazine for Toy Story 3, Lotso was originally created for A Tin Toy Christmas (which later became Toy Story).
  • Lotso also appeared in every version of the Toy Story 3 video game. He appears in the Sunnyside level of the Wii, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 and PC versions with Ned Beatty reprising the role. He is also seen in the enchanted glen in their toy box. In these versions of the game, his fate is not revealed or seen. He has a silent appearance in the PlayStation 2 and PlayStation Portable versions, and his fate is not revealed or seen here either. He also has a silent appearance in the Nintendo DS version. In that version, his fate is revealed and seen.
  • Lotso's voice actor, Ned Beatty later voiced Tortoise John in Nickelodeon's Rango, which was released a year after Toy Story 3. Coincidentally, both films won the Oscar for Best Animated Feature.
  • The way Big Baby throws Lotso into the dumpster mirrors the way Darth Vader killed Emperor Palpatine in Star Wars: Return of the Jedi.
  • Lotso appears in three of the LEGO Toy Story 3 sets.
  • Lotso's true colors may be hinted at before the release of the film in the LEGO Toy Story 3 playset based on the scene where he leaves Andy's toys to die. The set included Lotso trying to kill Woody and Hamm in an incinerator with the Aliens trying to save them.
  • Lotso's voice actor, Ned Beatty, died the same year as Jack Angel who voiced Lotso's minion, Chunk.
  • In 2012, the Disney Store released a talking plush toy of Lotso with a talking Woody doll.
  • Test audiences who sympathized with Lotso for his backstory wanted him to push the button in the incinerator scene to redeem himself.
    • However, according to the DVD commentary, director Lee Unkrich explained that the filmmakers decided to drop Lotso's chance for redemption in order to make the audience who had gotten to know Andy's toys over the past fifteen years in three movies care about the characters even more as they went to the fire when it looked like the end for them before the Squeeze Toy Aliens rescued them with the claw.
    • Another reason is that they did not want Lotso to get off so easy, so they just increased his cruelty to ensure to the audience that he deserved what he got in the end (being strapped to the grille of a garbage truck).
  • Some people blame Daisy's parents for Lotso's villainous demeanor, as they could have gone to look for their daughter's lost toys, instead of replacing Lotso. It is likely that by the time they went back to where they left Lotso, he was already on his way home.
  • Lotso is considered by some as one of the darkest and most sinister villains in Pixar films because of his cruel and traitorous personality. Plus, he turns a daycare for toddlers and small kids into prison for toys. He's also considered to be the evilest Toy Story villain.
  • Lotso's later knowledge of Woody and his friends' escaping in the first place is not revealed, but it is likely that the Monkey managed to free himself and alert Lotso, leading to Lotso beating up the Chatter Telephone for information on Woody's whereabouts.
  • An advertisement for a Lotso bear appears in Tokyo in Cars 2, the first Pixar film released after Toy Story 3.
  • Lotso was originally supposed to appear in the first film (possibly as the main antagonist), but the technology needed to create his fur had not existed until the third film so the role went to Sid Phillips.
  • In the Disney Cruise Line show Villains Tonight, hosted by Hades from the Disney film Hercules, Hades is looking for villains to call, when he mentioned Lotso. However, he doesn't call Lotso as he “always brings that baby with him.”
  • Lotso appeared on stage during the D23 Expo 2015 for Toy Story 4, but he didn't appear nor was mentioned in the finished film. It's currently unknown if Lotso's stage appearance was just coincidental and a celebration for the twentieth anniversary of the first Toy Story movie or if there were once plans to indeed bring him back in the fourth film as an antagonist, considering that the fourth film's screenplay was reworked many times during the years Pixar worked on it. It is possible that Lotso was originally going to return in the fourth film to seek revenge on Woody for getting him kicked out of sunnyside. If he and Woody were to find a common enemy in a toy far eviler than Lotso was, then Lotso would have likely redeemed himself to help Woody take down this enemy. Ultimately, Lotso (and his revenge and possible redemption) were written out of the story and the main villain in Toy Story 4 was a doll named Gabby Gabby, who is actually far less evil than Lotso.
  • Lotso acts as a darker reflection of the following characters:
    • Woody. Both were in charge of the toys at their location (Woody, Andy's House, and later Bonnie's House; Lotso, Daisy's House, and later Sunnyside), and both ended up abandoned by their former owner. However, Woody never gave up on Andy, while Lotso gave up on Daisy. Coincidentally, Lotso's behavior was very similar to Woody's original rendition in Toy Story, specifically his characterization in the Black Friday reel. Also by coincidence, both characters also ended up toned up/toned down for the final version due to unexpected events during a test screening (Woody was originally an immense jerk and lacked compassion, but was toned down after the Black Friday reel nearly shut down production of Toy Story; likewise, Lotso had his cruelty amplified after test audiences sympathized with him and wanted him to push the button to show that he deserved his punishment). Lotso is an example of what Woody would have become if he let his fear of being replaced get to him. Lotso also served as a lesson for Woody in the film, because if Woody didn't move on with his life and decided to remain with Andy instead of his friends, then he would've ended up being like Lotso.
    • Jessie. Lotso's backstory is similar to Jessie's backstory. Jessie was abandoned by her first owner Emily, while Lotso was replaced by Daisy's new bear. Both toys were heartbroken and spent years without an owner. However, unlike Lotso, Jessie didn't resort to a life of crime. Lotso is a perfect example of what Jessie could have become if she let her heartbreak get the best of her.
    • Stinky Pete, the main antagonist of Toy Story 2: both seemed to be loving at first but were eventually revealed to be cruel tyrants in the end. This is mainly because of a sense of feeling rejected or unloved, which was clearly seen in both Pixar villains. Coincidentally, the music that played during Lotso's defeat was the same music heard during Stinky Pete's defeat. However, while Stinky Pete has a tragic backstory and a few redeeming qualities (he was a very kind friend to Jessie and Bullseye during their time in storage at Al's apartment), Lotso is far more despicable as he simply wants other toys to get hurt and tries to get Woody and his friends killed in the incinerator even though they freed him from the golf bag. Lotso is an example of the kind of toy that Pete could've become if he allowed his past to consume him with the belief that all toys have no purpose but to be thrown away.
    • Gabby Gabby; both were toys who no longer had owners at the beginning of their respective movies, and had henchmen who worked for them. They also took management of different locations (Sunnyside for Lotso, the Second Chance Antiquities Store for Gabby). However, unlike Gabby (who was affable and was particularly kind to her henchmen and even her captives, moved on in life after being rejected by Harmony, and can be sympathized with), Lotso feigned kindness and treated his henchmen with disrespect, never accepted the fact that he was replaced by Daisy with another Lotso, and removed any sympathy with everything he's done. Lotso is an example of the kind of toy Gabby could've become if she didn't move on with life nor accepted that Harmony rejected her, and instead allowed it to consume her with anger and violence.
  • The truck that drove Lotso to Sunnyside was a Pizza Planet truck, which has appeared in almost every Pixar movie.
  • In the Read-Along version of Toy Story 3, Lotso's final scene on the garbage truck is omitted, leaving it unknown if he was retrieved by the garbage man or if he escaped from the dumpster successfully.
  • After Toy Story 3 was released on June 18, 2010, Universal Pictures released Ted on June 29, 2012, in which the titular protagonist of the same name was loosely modeled after Lotso.
    • Interestingly enough, Ted seems to be the opposite of Lotso. While Lotso appears to be warm and caring on the outside but actually cruel and pure evil on the inside, Ted is a trash-talking, selfish jerk on the outside, but deep down he dearly cares for his friends despite his wrongdoings.

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Animated Features
Sid Phillips | One-Eyed Bart | Attack Dog with Built-in-force-field | Grasshoppers (Hopper, Molt, Thumper, Axel and Loco) | Fly Brothers | Stinky Pete | Al McWhiggin | Zurg Empire (Emperor Zurg, Zurg Bots, Warp Darkmatter, Hornets, Brain Pods & Grubs) | Dr. Porkchop | Henry J. Waternoose III | Randall Boggs | Buddy Pine/Syndrome | Omnidroids | Mirage | Gilbert Huph | The Underminer | Bomb Voyage | Chick Hicks | Chef Skinner | AUTO | GO-4 | Charles F. Muntz | Alpha | Beta and Gamma | Lotso's Gang (Lots-o'-Huggin' Bear, Ken, Big Baby, Stretch, Chunk, Sparks, Twitch & Monkey) | One-Eyed Betty | Lemons (Sir Miles Axlerod, Professor Zündapp, Grem, Acer, Victor Hugo, J. Curby Gremlin, Tyler Gremlin, Don Crumlin, Ivan, Tony Trihull, Alexander Hugo, Towga Gremlin, Kai Gremlin, Tai Gremlin, Keith Gremlin, Gremlin Family, Vladimir Trunkov, Tubbs Pacer, Petey Pacer, Jerome Ramped & Pacer Family) | Mor'du | Thunderclap's Flock (Thunderclap) | Velociraptors (Bubbha) | Ernesto de la Cruz | Security Guards | Screenslaver | Robbers | Gabby Gabby | The Bensons | Curse Dragon | Pixie Dusters (Dewdrop) | Ercole Visconti | Ciccio and Guido | Alberto's Dad | Soldiers | Emperor Zurg

Shorts, Television & Video Games
Kabuto | Big D | Ronald Tompkins | Mr. Jones | Battlesaurs (The Cleric, Goliathon & Reptillus Maximus)

See Also
Buzz Lightyear of Star Command Villains | Cars Villains | Incredibles Villains | Monsters, Inc. Villains | Toy Story Villains

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Andy's Games
One-Eyed Bart | Attack Dog with Built-in-force-field | One-Eyed Betty | Dr. Porkchop

Sid Phillips | Al McWhiggin | Ronald Tompkins

Zurg Empire
Emperor Zurg | Zurg Bots | Warp Darkmatter | Hornets | Brain Pods | Grubs

Lotso's Gang
Lots-o'-Huggin' Bear | Ken | Big Baby | Stretch | Chunk | Sparks | Twitch | Monkey

The Cleric | Goliathon | Reptillus Maximus

Stinky Pete | Gabby Gabby | The Bensons | Mr. Jones | Young Xehanort | King of Toys

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