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"Look, I'm Woody! Howdy, howdy, howdy!"
—Shark wearing Woody's hat

Shark is a side character in Toy Story, Toy Story Treats, and Toy Story 2. He is a squeaky rubber toy in Andy's toy box, seemingly based off a blue shark. He is made of white rubber with blue paint on his back, and is equipped with a squeaker in his mouth.

Toy Story

"Although Andy probably uses the rubber shark for some exciting bathtime adventures, this fellow seems to spend most of his time cruising the depths of the toy box. He only pops up now and then to see what's going on. Forget about sharks being dangerous—with his toothy grin, this fellow seems to love a good joke. When Andy tosses Woody in the toy box and he loses his hat, Shark gets a charge out of wearing it. "I'm Woody! Howdy, howdy, howdy!" he says."[1]

In Toy Story, Shark is first seen coming alive after Woody signals to all the toys that it's safe to come out. Shark is next seen talking to Woody an undisclosed amount of time later. When Woody wakes up in the toy box and notices he doesn't have his hat on, Shark mocks Woody while wearing his hat, saying, "Look, I'm Woody! Howdy, howdy, howdy!" Once Woody notices, he takes his hat back, unamused by Shark's joke.

Toy Story Treats

In some of the Toy Story Treats, he tells the toys horror stories, while the other toys listen in fear.

Toy Story 2

"Although he often plays the cold-blooded predator in Andy's games, threatening Bo Peep with his jaws full of teeth, Shark is really a pacific sort. He even dives to the depths of the toy chest to find a new squeaker for Wheezy the penguin and helps him put it in. It's not Shark's fault he looks scary. He was molded that way."[2]

In Toy Story 2, when Andy plays with his toys before leaving for Cowboy Camp, he makes Shark one of the death traps set for Bo Peep by the Evil Dr. Porkchop, whom Woody must save. At the end, Wheezy credits Shark for finding him an extra squeaker in the toy box as a replacement for his old, broken one.

Toy Story 3

Shark does not appear in Toy Story 3. He was probably sold at a yard sale, thrown away, donated or handed down to Molly between Toy Story 2 and Toy Story 3. It is also a possibility that Andy put him in the attic.


  • Shark's line when pretending to be Woody is a reference to a cowboy-eating vulture in one of Gary Larson's The Far Side daily comic strips from the early 1980s: "Hey, everyone, look at me, I'm a cowboy! Howdy! Howdy! Howdy!"
  • In Toy Story 2, Shark's color is changed from blue to gray, it is possible that Shark's paint started to fade out some time between the events from Toy Story to Toy Story 2
  • Shark appeared as an enemy in the Sega Genesis game of Toy Story.
  • Shark's model makes him appear unusually long, while also missing a tail. However the audience would never notice this, as he is almost always peeking out of the toy box. 





  1. 1.0 1.1 Pixarpedia, pg. 37
  2. Pixarpedia, pg. 90