Gabby Gabby is the (former) main antagonist of Toy Story 4. She is an antique doll with a broken voice box, whose primary goal was to have it replaced by Woody's, so she could be loved by Harmony. As of now, she is owned by a little girl.
Though initially the antagonist, Gabby Gabby has underlying reasoning for her actions, rather than for malicious intent. Trapped in an antique store with nothing but mute "dummies", she gets lonely and her honest desire for friends is what drives her motivations. She is polite and well-spoken to visitors, even engaging in conversations with them, as shown when she discusses with Forky about Woody's past. However, due to her creepy and bitter demeanor, many other characters such as Woody and Bo Peep would pass her off as being "crazy".
Toy Story 4
Gabby Gabby is introduced when Woody and Forky enter the antique store searching for Bo Peep. She initially offers to help Woody, insisting upon it, but in she secretly intends to take Woody's voice box to replace her own, broken one. Having been stuck in the antique store for the majority of her existence since no child would take her, Gabby Gabby is desperate to work again so that she can get adopted by Harmony, the granddaughter of the antique store owner whom is frequently given free toys from there.
Using the distraction of a nearby person, Woody manages to make a run for it. However, Gabby Gabby sends her Bensons, mute ventriloquist dummies who are her henchmen, to stop their escape. While Woody manages to make it out, the Bensons capture Forky in several pieces. Later reconstructing Forky, Gabby Gabby befriends Forky and quizzes him on everything he knows about Woody. When Harmony visits the store once again, playing tea with a nearby tea set, Gabby Gabby practices playing at the same time, Forky giving her pointers.
Later on, Woody rushes into view of one of the Bensons when he sees Bonnie, trying to get Forky and get to her as quickly as possible. The Benson returns to Gabby Gabby with Bo Peep's sheep clinging to him. Knowing Woody and Bo would be coming, Gabby Gabby sets an ambush. Though the Bensons fail to capture Woody due to them using the cat to escape, the Bensons prevent Forky from getting away on his own.
Drawing on her knowledge of Woody from Forky, Gabby Gabby knew Woody would be back once again, and this time cornered him alone. Rather than apprehend him however, she convinced him to give up his voice box voluntarily, relating to his experiences with Andy and only wanting just one of those experiences for herself. Woody agrees on the condition that Forky is released, which she accepts.
After the Bensons transfer the voice box from Woody to Gabby Gabby, sewing them both up, Gabby Gabby thanks Woody before positioning herself where Harmony will see her, pulling her own string to get Harmony's attention. Harmony notices Gabby Gabby and picks her up, but then callously throws her aside as uninteresting, hurting Gabby Gabby's feelings.
Woody stays behind to approach Gabby Gabby in the box where she was thrown, not having moved. Gabby Gabby offers to return his voice box as she claims she doesn't need it anymore, but Woody insists she keep it. Although she tells Woody to go away, Woody offers to get Gabby Gabby adopted by Bonnie. Even though she is initially scared that Bonnie will reject her as well, Bo Peep arrives at that time to encourage her to try because Gabby Gabby will not get anywhere if she just stays on a shelf like Bo did. Convinced, Gabby Gabby accompanies them.
En route to the carousel, where Bonnie's RV was to meet Woody and company, Gabby Gabby notices a lost girl who is crying, unable to find her parents. Conflicted, Gabby Gabby ends up deciding to try and comfort her, which the other toys help her with. Inching around to a visible spot as instructed by Bo, Bunny then rolls a ball in front of the girl over to where Gabby Gabby is sitting down, making her notice Gabby Gabby and pick her up. Asking Gabby Gabby if she's lost and pulling her string, Gabby Gabby's functional voice box introduces herself and asks the girl if she will be her friend. The girl hugs Gabby Gabby and, feeling more confident, seeks the help of a policewoman and is brought to her parents, taking Gabby Gabby home with her.
Since then, Gabby Gabby has reformed with a change of heart.
Toy Story 4 comic
Gabby Gabby appears as a minor character in the tie-in comic, specifically in the prequel segment "Chip Off The Old Block" where her portrayal in the film as a sort-of crime boss is further shown. Bo Peep and Giggle McDimples were looking for Billy, Goat and Gruff when they encounter Gabby and two of the Bensons who were blocking their way. It turns out that Bo Peep's sheep somehow wound up in Gabby's care; the doll politely handed them back to Bo and led them to Tinny's nightclub inside the pinball machine in exchange for a pearl necklace for Gabby to wear while playing dress-up.
- Unlike Lotso and Stinky Pete, Gabby Gabby isn't a ruthless tyrant despite being the main antagonist. She also never goes too far as to try to kill the main characters.
- While Gabby Gabby is shown to have reformed at the end, it is presumed that Stinky Pete may have reformed after being owned by a child. Lotso, on the other hand, does not reform at all.
- Like Stinky Pete, Gabby Gabby was initially never owned by a child, waiting years before being owned. However, Gabby Gabby merely had a defective voice box, unlike Stinky Pete, who wasn't sold due to the rising popularity of space toys (which he grew disdainful towards).