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I know I haven't done a theory in a while (last one was January 26, 2016), so I thought that I would do one now. This theory states that Sid, the villain from Toy Story, became a good guy after the events of the movie.

Here's the theory...

In Toy Story, Sid is the main villain of the movie. He kidnaps Woody and Buzz and he is shown to love torturing innocent toys and blowing them up, not knowing that the toys were alive.

As you can see above, Sid is depicted as a toy-abusing teen that usually wears a black shirt with a white skull on it. The toys eventually rise up against Sid and they cause Sid to stop destroying toys.

To be honest, Sid seemed like a budding serial killer. And it's a good thing that he didn't become a serial killer when he grew up because we know that in Toy Story 3, which takes place over ten years after the original movie, Sid grew up to be a garbage man.

We know that's him because he's wearing the same black shirt with the white skull and both Sid and the garbage man are voiced by Erik Von Detten.

But why did he become a garbage man? There are plenty of other good options and becoming a guy who picks up the trash of others seems like a last resort. So why?

Well, the theory states that after the toys rose up against Sid and came to life before his very eyes, he didn't go back to being just a regular guy scared of toys. According to a Reddit user name londongarbageman, he said:

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..I don't have a picture of the matchbox cars I've found because there's just too damn many...And don't even let me start on the Barbies.

New toys?! AWESOME!

What if Sid didn't become a garbage man just as a last minute resort? What if he got the job because he wanted to find toys?

Put yourself in his shoes. Sid knows that toys are alive. He knows that they're sentient and they have feelings of their own and hate being tortured. He could never look at a toy the same way again, and he knew that toys were being tossed away as soon as the child outgrew them.

He became a garbage man to save toys and use his Frankenstein skills for the better and not for the worse. And Andy does the same by giving Bonnie his toys at the end of Toy Story 3.

And that's the theory!

I won't be posting for the next week because I'm going on vacation so my question for you is:


Do you think Sid was a good guy?


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