Toy Story Fan Theories That Are Actually Believable

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Vote up the most interesting (and believable) fan theories.

When Toy Story was released in 1995, kids fell in love with the story's characters and events. Decades later, there have been several sequels, and those kids have all grown up, and they enjoy reminiscing about the Toy Story franchise. Many of them have taken to the FanTheories subreddit to share their thoughts on the characters and details of the movies, and a lot of them make sense.

The more believable fan theories that have come out about the Toy Story franchise are listed below. Take a look, and when you find something you think might actually be true, be sure to give it an upvote to see if it makes its way to the top of the list!


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    1,651 VOTES

    Toys Get Their Life And Personalities From Childhood Imagination

    From Redditor u/Jacob_wallace:

    The movies never quite explain where toys get their personalities and life from. There are inconsistencies. Licensed toys like Buzz think they're real, but other licensed toys like Woody don't even know their origin. Some animals can talk like Hamm, but others can't like Bullseye. Why? Imagination.

    Woody doesn't know his origins because when Andy plays with him, he's just a generic cowboy. Hamm can talk because he can in Andy's fantasies. Also, note how accurate most of Andy's descriptions of Bonnie are. While Hamm and Mr. Potato Head aren't villains per se, they're still antagonistic toward Woody and trust him the least. Unlike the "most loyal" Slinky Dog who is always the last to abandon Woody.

    The monster baby in Sid's room was probably imagined as a monster, hence why he's more intelligent than the baby at Sunnyside since most kids treated him as you expect a kid to treat a baby doll - like a baby. Also why Bullseye can't talk, he is only imagined as a mount for Woody.

    Also why stuff like blocks doesn't come to life; people don't imagine with blocks, they just build. Admittedly, the Etch A Sketch and Speak and Spell but a crimp in this idea, but Andy is very imaginative and the Speak And Spell is Molly's toy and she might see it as a living thing.

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    1,245 VOTES

    Andy's Mom Used To Own Jessie

    From Redditor u/sparklemotion1:

    I never noticed until ten minutes ago that Andy used to wear Jessie's hat when playing with Woody and for some reason, this makes me really happy.

    Wait a second...

    Jessie's previous owner, Emily, wore a hat similar to Jessies and now Andy is wearing one. 

    Guys... what if Emily is Andy's mom?!

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    996 VOTES

    Buzz Lightyear Doesn’t Care About Andy Nearly As Much As The Other Toys

    From Redditor u/Unleashtheducks:

    I’ve been watching all three Toy Story movies a lot lately with my kid and I’ve started to notice something about Buzz. He almost never talks about a personal relationship with Andy. The only time he does is right after he accepts that he’s a toy and asks why Andy would want him. After that in Toy Story 2 when he tries to convince Woody to come home by talking about Andy but that’s more about him wanting Woody to come home by reminding Woody about his relationship with Andy.

    This is most evident in Toy Story 3. All the other toys are desperate to be played with, Rex, both Potatoheads, and Ham all talk about wanting to be played with but not Buzz. Buzz is most concerned with keeping everyone together. He says it several times and it’s his main motivation for staying at the daycare when Woody leaves.

    I think for Buzz, having an owner is nice but his fellow toys are far more important to him. Woody and especially Jessie are the real relationships that matter to him.

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    755 VOTES

    The Toys Change Their Personalities Based On Who's Playing With Them

    From Redditor u/Kelekona:

    This is a weird one, so hear me out. I think that the toys come with very simplistic personalities that get overwritten by the children's desires. Though they also develop some of their own traits depending on how they're treated.

    Woody doesn't remember the show because Andy hadn't seen it and thought of Woody as a generic sheriff. He changed into what Andy wanted him to be, which might also have traces of an ideal dad.

    Buzz didn't really get his personality rewritten very much because Andy was projecting the show. Jessie was similar in that she retained much of her show characterization since she wasn't played with by anyone else.

    Ham and Potato Head were mild jerks because Andy usually made them be the bad guys. Stinky Pete was an oddball because his projection came from Al. Lotso just had the sadness at being lost to drive his personality because his replacement broke the connection to his child.

    Bonnie's toys have a theatre troupe vibe going because she's a lot more creative and they play a lot of roles.

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    1,177 VOTES

    Sid Became A Garbageman To Save Toys From Being Thrown Away

    From Redditor u/londongarbageman:

    In Toy Story, Sid is confronted with the horrifying revelation that his toys are alive. 15 years later in Toy Story 3 we see that Sid has become the local Garbageman.

    Now being a garbageman has one of the biggest perks that you may not have realized. We find things. Lots of things.

    • I even found a 42 gal trash bag full of Lego
    • Some trash picked Nerf collection
    • I don't have a picture of the matchbox cars I've found because there are just too damn many. Here are some monster trucks
    • And don't even let me start on the Barbies.

    Now, let's imagine you're a guy who just learned that inanimate objects are alive. What job would you get? Sid isn't f**ked up and working a crappy job. He's trying to save them. He is trying to save the toys.

    He picked the one kind of job where you can rescue those things.

    And Sid is uniquely equipped to fix those toys that he finds that are broken. He's pretty damn creative.

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    427 VOTES

    Everyone At Andy's Birthday Party Knew He Was Getting A Buzz Lightyear

    From Redditor u/ShowMeAssNTitties:

    Let's pretend that every kid coming to Andy's party in Toy Story knew that Andy was going to get Buzz Lightyear at the end of the gift-giving for his birthday. Why? A totally badass mom. She bought it and told everyone on the invitation she sent out other possible gift suggestions to buy that help make the party more Buzz Lightyear themed.

    Everyone at the party knew Andy was going to get Buzz Lightyear at the end and prepared accordingly. The issue being that the army soldiers couldn't tell the difference that the sheets had a certain design on them, so all they would report is "He got bed sheets!"

    As the change from Woody to Buzz happens we see even the slightest of changes, from the posters on his walls to the sheets on his bed

    So when Mr. Potato Head asks the question, "Bedsheets? Who invited that kid?" All I can think is, "A real cool mom."