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I didn't throw you away, your kid did! Ain't one kid ever loved a toy really! Chew on that when you're at the dump!
~ Lotso to Andy's toys.
Where's your kid now, Sheriff?!
~ Lots-o'-Huggin' Bear's last and most famous line as he leaves Andy's toys to die in the incinerator.

Lots-o'-Huggin' Bear, commonly referred to as Lotso, 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 prison 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, during Andy's toys' attempt to escape, they got into a confrontation, during which Woody revealed the extent of Lotso's true nature, which caused the other toys, including Big Baby, to turn on him.

He was voiced by the late Ned Beatty, who also played Charles Meacham in Shooter and Tortoise John in Rango.

History

This section is too long. Visit here for more details: Lotso's Synopsis on the Villains Wiki

What Makes Him Pure Evil?

  • Even though he was once a loving and caring friend of Big Baby and Chuckles, all of that changed completely the second he saw Daisy with another Lotso, turned himself into wrathful and abusive tyrant who imprisoned innocent toys for pleasure.
  • He turned Sunnyside Daycare into a depressing prison where he forces toys who are lower in the pecking order to be played with roughly by the younger kids, eventually causing them to break, at which point they get sent to the dumpster and are likely incinerated. Toys that defy Lotso are placed into the sandbox. He even has this happen to Potato Head twice.
    • He's also providing a cutting/choking hazard for the kids by providing them with age-inappropriate toys in the first place. This makes his torture unique compared to Sid, who was kind of a jerk to his sister but had no idea that toys were alive.
  • He brainwashes Buzz into becoming his henchman when he refuses to join the Butterfly Room alone, making him beat down and lock up his own friends all while smiling maliciously.
  • He tortures Chatter Telephone until he told him the protagonists' escape plan, leaving him injured.
  • After Big Baby hears the truth about Daisy, Lotso (who lied to him about her) verbally abuses him and smashes his necklace before shoving him with his mallet.
  • He orders Stretch to push Woody and the other toys in the garbage. Amongst said other toys is Ken, whom Lotso personally throws there with as a petty punishment just for loving Barbie. Even his henchmen were disgusted by this.
  • He drags Woody into the dumpster so he can make sure he dies with him.
  • He abandons Andy's toys to die in a trash incinerator while sadistically smiling and mocking them, despite Woody and Buzz risking their own lives to save his from the shredder a minute earlier.
  • As Woody points out, his backstory doesn't justify anything he did. No matter how much Daisy "abandoning" him hurt him, his actions surpassed the excuse because:
    1. The reason why Daisy replaced Lotso was because he was her favorite toy and she lost him purely on accident, not because she didn't love him.
    2. He forced Big Baby and Chuckles to run away from home and join him in his suffering even though they weren't even replaced, only him.
    3. The toys that Lotso took out his anger on had nothing to do with him getting replaced at all.
    • To summarize it, Lotso abandoned Daisy, not the other way around, due to not being able to accept someone else having her if he couldn't, making his motive a selfish one, 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. Also, when he left Woody and the gang to die, all the sympathy was immediately thrown out of the window.

Trivia

  • Lotso is one of the 3 Toy Story villains to be Pure Evil, along with NOS-4-A2 and Evil Buzz Lightyear. He is the only one to come from the main movies rather than from the Buzz Lightyear of Star Command show.
  • Audiences who sympathized with Lotso for his backstory wished that he pushed 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 15 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 Aliens rescued them with the claw. Another reason is because they didn't 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).
  • Many fans have pointed out how the original rendition of Woody's behavior is very similar to Lotso's. This is ironic, since the test screenings forced Woody's behavior to be toned down, while Lotso's cruelty was increased because audiences sympathized with him too much.
  • Even though his backstory does not excuse his actions, it could be argued that Lotso still cared about Daisy despite this as he was genuinely heartbroken to see that he was replaced with another Lotso. Chuckles even says "You'd never seen a kid and a toy more in love" when referring to Lotso and Daisy, and Lotso breaking Big Baby's pendant could simply be out of stress of being replaced by the owner he truly loved. If this is true, that would strip Lotso from his Pure Evil status.
    • However, one could also argue that Lotso cared more about the attention Daisy gave him than Daisy herself, as he ignores the fact that her replacing him with a duplicate of himself shows just how much she did love him, and overall he never explicitly states how much he loved her, which would make him selfish. Neither theory is 100% confirmed so fans can make their own judgements. But even if the former is possible, he throws all care for Daisy away when he saw she replaced him.

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