Woody Pride is the featured toy in a series of toys called Woody's Roundup that rose to popularity in the 1950s. The toy line included a variety of merchandise such as lunchboxes, record players, posters and set scenes. The line featured other characters, notably Bullseye, Woody's horse; Jessie, the Yodeling Cowgirl; and Stinky Pete, the Prospector. These characters, along with Woody, were part of a TV series also called Woody's Roundup. The immense popularity of both the series and the toy line declined rapidly in the late 1950s and early 1960s following the launch of Sputnik, the rise of the space age and related toy lines. The entire Roundup gang is extremely rare and collectible, particularly Woody, who is worth a large amount even in less than mint condition.
The Toy Story movie series focuses on the adventures of one Woody doll (who is never referred to with his last name), who comes to life when humans aren't around. For the near entirety of the movie series, Woody is owned by an imaginative boy named Andy. Andy's father, who is never named, first got Woody as a young boy in the late 1950s. Andy's father then gave Woody to his son when Andy entered kindergarten in the late 1980s. Woody is called an old family toy and one of the son's few links to his father, who died shortly after the birth of his daughter, Molly.
In the first Toy Story installment, Woody struggles with losing Andy's interest to a space toy named Buzz Lightyear. In an adventure where Woody and Buzz become lost and fall into the hands of a destructive child named Sid, Woody and Buzz learn accept their limitations, becoming close friends in the process. Woody moves into his new role among Andy's toys -- as something of a patriarch -- and decides to be there for his owner, no matter how often Andy chooses to play with him.
In the second Toy Story installment, Woody struggles with his own mortality after he starts to rip apart after decades of play. He mainly is concerned Andy will throw him in the trash, having outlived his usefulness. Woody initially thinks he found salvation after a toy salesman named Al stole Woody for his Woody's Roundup collection, which also includes Bullseye, Jessie and Stinky Pete. Al intends to sell his collection to a Japanese toy museum, where Woody believes he'll be adored by children for generations. However, after Buzz leads a contingent of Andy's toys on a rescue mission to Al's apartment, Woody is convinced his true role is for play and to be loved by his owner. Woody persuades Bullseye and Jessie to join him as Andy's toys.
Woody's trials and shaped beliefs in the first two Toy Story installments are vital in the third installment, where he must help Andy's other toys as they struggle with losing Andy's interest and their own mortality.
In the third Toy Story installment, Woody struggles with his loyalties to both Andy and his other toys, who become convinced Andy wants to throw them away. When Buzz, Jessie and the rest of Andy's toys decide to move into a daycare center, Woody initially opts to return to Andy. However, when Woody learns the daycare center is really a place of ruin and despair, he returns to rescue Buzz, Jessie and the rest of his friends. During their escape efforts, the toys decide their place is by Andy's side and return to his house, even if that means decades spent in his attic. After overhearing a conversation between Andy and his mother, Woody realizes the toys' true roles are as a child's playthings and writes a note to Andy that he donate his toys to a worthy child, rather than file them away in the attic. Andy gives all his toys, including Woody, to an imaginative girl named Bonnie, who Woody had met briefly during his earlier separation from the rest of Andy's toys. As Bonnie's toy, Woody once again assumes his role as patriarch of the other toys.
Throughout all the Toy Story installments and supporting media, Woody displays his leadership, caring and loyalty toward other toys, and -- above all -- a desire to love and by loved by his owner, which are traits similar to those display during his stint on Woody's Roundup.