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''LEGO City Undercover'' is a WideOpenSandbox game developed by Creator/TravellersTales and released for the WiiU in 2013, utilizing the same engine as the VideoGame/{{LEGO Adaptation Game}}s but, rather than being an adaptation of a famous franchise, is based on LEGO's own original [[LEGOThemes theme]], LEGOCity. The game follows the adventures of Chase [=McCain=] in his various undercover missions for the LEGO City P.D. and his attempts to track down his archrival Rex Fury, who has recently broken out of prison.

Like most LEGO games, there is a great deal of tongue-in-cheek humor, along with a HurricaneOfPuns, a lot of [[ShoutOut Shout Outs]], and... car theft?

Now has its own [[Characters/LegoCityUndercover character page]], which NeedsWikiMagicLove.
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!!The game contains the following tropes:
* ActionGirl: Natalia Kowalski
** FauxActionGirl: Though she gets into sticky situations and ends up asking Chase to rescue her on multiple occasions, which is lampshaded by Chase:
--> '''Chase:''' Really?! This again?!
* AffablyEvil: Chan Chuang switches between this and enraged in pretty much every conversation. It helps that he has a cuddly bunny to pet when he gets upset. Vinnie Poppalardo also qualifies as well, sans Passive-Aggressive behavior.
** FauxAffablyEvil: Chan more closely falls into this category, [[spoiler: as does Forrest Blackwell, the true BigBad of the game. Sure, he's a QuintessentialBritishGentleman, [[DisproportionateRetribution but he's willing to wipe out LEGO City for snubbing one of his projects]], [[{{Egopolis}} and wants to build a society essentially in his image]].]]
* AlienAbduction: Farmer Jethro claims to be the victim of one.
* AmericanAccents: Ellie Phillips and Sheriff Huckleberry both have the Dixie variety.
* AndYourRewardIsClothes: A great deal of the unlockables are new costumes for Chase.
** Only one of them is vital to interact with the large blocks' yellow handles, unlike the rest of the costumes. The costume in question is [[spoiler:Rex Fury's costume]] which is found near the end of the [[spoiler:diving from space portion of the final level, in one of the stud rings close to the finish]].
* AnimalsHateHim: Frank Honey doesn't have much luck with animals in general, with one (coffee-drinking) squirrel in particular angry at him for breaking its coffee machine. He does seem to befriend the horse he tried to ride though, as he is later seen hanging out with it at a pool.
* [[spoiler: AristocratsAreEvil: Forrest Blackwell, the true BigBad of the game is very cultured, very rich, and very, very evil.]]
* [[AwesomeMcCoolname Awesome McCoolname]]: Chase [=McCain=]
* [[spoiler: BatmanCanBreatheInSpace: At the end of the game, when everyone is in space, no one seems to have trouble breathing. Chase even has the visor up on his helmet. Then again, LEGO people don't have noses in the first place]].
* BaitAndSwitch: Almost all of the RedHerring conversations heard using the communicator's Audio Scanner run on this.
* {{Balloonacy}}: See BrickJoke
* BrickJoke: In one of the cutscenes on Albatross Island (Lego City's Alcatraz stand-in), a prisoner is seen trying to escape the prison by floating on balloons, by the end of the game [[spoiler: the man has reached the moon]].
** Also on Albatross Island, Chase begins playing opera loudly in the Warden's office, causing its speakers to explode. Later, Chase needs to repair a DJ's broken system, and the DJ laments that he should never have played opera on it.
** One of [[spoiler:Blackwell's]] guards starts chasing Chase on a bicycle (while the latter darts away on a motorcycle). During the epilogue, [[spoiler: he's finally almost reached him.]]
** Given that it's a Lego game, isn't ''everything'' a [[IncrediblyLamePun brick joke]]?
* BringMeMyBrownPants
-->'''Chase''': [[CrazyPrepared Am I glad I remembered to pack my parachute today!]] Although... some spare pants would've been handy, too.
* BuiltWithLEGO: Just about everything that isn't the land or the water is this. You can even break apart certain objects and then use their pieces to build things yourself.
* BunnyEarsLawyer: Sheriff Huckleberry is an eccentric who writes dramatic plays for squirrels, but seems to be good at his job.
* CallBack: In a possible call back to LegoIsland, the game uses almost the [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_detailpage&v=kwr_dgb-WUw#t=18s exact]] [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0CyH8Na_Hck same]] LiteralMinded joke as the first LegoIsland game.
** Another possible callback to LegoIsland 2 is that: [[spoiler: Both games culminate in the protagonist going into space to confront the villian, resulting in said villain being trapped in space due to a mishap. During both space sequences, a portion of gameplay is dedicated to skydiving through rings, and both sequences contain a ShoutOut to TwoThousandOneASpaceOdyssey (The Monolith in Lego Island 2, and a man drifting through space as classical music plays in Lego City Undercover)]]
* TheCaper: Several of the levels that have you stealing things for the various gangs are classic examples of this.
* CatUpATree: One of the fireman sidequests involves Chase rescuing cats up trees. And billboards. And really anywhere, as long as it's very high up.
* ComicallyMissingThePoint: [[spoiler: At the end of the story, when Chase says that there's more important things than your job, Frank Honey asks him if he means playing videogames.]]
* ConsoleCameo: The police communicator tablets are very obviously patterned after the Wii U's [=GamePad=].
* ConvenientlyClosePlanet / ScifiWritersHaveNoSenseOfScale: [[InvokedTrope Invoked]] [[RuleOfFunny for laughs]]. Chase has an incredibly short trip to [[spoiler:the Moon]], which Professor Kowalsky explains as [[spoiler:the Moon]] actually being really small and very close to Earth. Apparently this is a secret that only scientists know.
* CoolGuns: Since this is a kid-friendly game, you don't use ''real'' [[LighterAndSofter guns]] but instead there are paint guns, laser guns, and... chicken eggs?
* CoolAndUnusualPunishment: Studsky and Clutch discuss the ways [[spoiler: Chuang could torture Natalia]]. Such methods include eating a lot of ice cream to bring on an ice cream headache and forcing the victim to drink a lot of soda because ladies can't burp in public. Chase initially dismisses these ideas as absurd, but sure enough [[spoiler: Chase and Vinnie resort to the ice cream technique to gather information on the whereabouts of Rex]].
* CutsceneBoss: [[spoiler:Forrest Blackwell. He appears in a small craft, ready to take on Chase... and then a cow inexplicably flies in from nowhere and knocks him away]]. To be fair, [[spoiler:considering you just fought Rex Fury in two consecutive fights immediately before]], it isn't all bad.
* DaChief: Chief Dunby is intentionally designed to embody this trope. Unlike most examples though, he is at least willing to listen to Chase when he's onto something without too much disagreement.
** The Fire Chief is also an example, when Chase meets him he's in a foul mood from his crew getting the wrong flavour of cake for his birthday.
* DamselInDistress: Natalia Kowalski
* DeepSouth: The Fort Meadows district. Its most distinctive feature is its large farm, and everyone there has a [[AmericanAccents Dixie accent]].
* DeathIsASlapOnTheWrist: Just like in all of the Traveller's Tales Lego games, players restart right at the point they die.
* DetectivesFollowFootprints: Chase can use the blacklight feature on his communicator to find and follow hidden footprint trails that lead to hidden items.
* [[spoiler: DevilInPlainSight: Millionaire with a low British accent and a wicked laugh? Forrest Blackwell isn't exactly hiding his nature...]]
* DifficultySpike: Certain story missions taking place in the main overworld can be this, since if your vehicle gets destroyed, or you let your target get away, you can actually ''fail'' instead of simply respawning on the spot. Some of these missions are also on a time limit, too.
* TheDitz: Frank Honey is a classic example of a ditz. His heart's in the right place, though.
* DonutMessWithACop: Chief Dunby's diet seems to consist solely of donuts.
* DoubleUnlock: New disguises, vehicles and red bricks are obtained by finding and collecting them or accomplishing certain tasks. To actually use them, you need to buy them in the basement of the police station.
* DumbMuscle: Rex Fury is dumb as, well, [[IncrediblyLamePun a brick]] but he can snap out of hand cuffs with no effort.
* [[spoiler: TheDragon: Rex Fury is initially set up as being the BigBad, but he is actually TheDragon to Blackwell]].
* DrivesLikeCrazy: Frank Honey is not particularly skilled at driving, even crashing the department's brand-new truck. However, he does gain competence when [[spoiler: [[NewPowersAsThePlotDemands he and Chase need to deliver forcefield generators to prevent everyone from dying of the exhaust from Blackwell's rocket]]]]. Mind you, he still has no respect for traffic lanes, but he makes it there quickly and in one piece, which is a step up.
* DyeHard: Natalia had to become a blonde as part of witness protection. Chase expresses surprise that this isn't her natural hair color.
* EvenEvilHasLovedOnes: Vinnie Poppalardo may be a mafia boss, but he loves his cousin Moe and his mother.
* EverythingsBetterWithDinosaurs: Rideable T-Rex.
* ExactWords: Vinnie mentions one of his former workers is "swimming with da fishes". He literally means it, as he's now a night guard at the aquarium.
** He also had a worker who failed him and then bought the farm. Yes, even after Vinnie warned him it was a bad investment.
* ExplainExplainOhCrap: At one point, Natalia calls to chew Chase out over having police keep an eye on her, which he knows nothing about. She describes them as smartly dressed for cops, with a black van and a limo, and... they aren't cops, are they.
* TheFamilyForTheWholeFamily: The two Mafias in the game aren't as incompetent as some instances of the trope, but they don't pose any kind of threat to anyone's life.
* FamilyFriendlyFirearms: No one uses bullet based firearms but most of Chase's disguises get a projectile weapon of some kind. His normal police gettup has a grapple gun that can tangle and snare opponents making for an easy arrest.
* {{Fanboy}}: Frank is one of Chase.
* FlashedBadgeHijack: Chase can do this since he's a police officer.
* FriendlyLocalChinatown: Makes up a district of the city. Oddly enough, not where the karate monastery is located.
* FunnyBackgroundEvent: Several happen during the various cutscenes.
* GettingCrapPastTheRadar: Several of these involve Frank Honey, sometimes due to his innocence, sometimes due to the circumstances around him (spoilers for those who don't want the jokes ruined):

--> '''Frank:''' [[spoiler:Chase, my horse is stuck in reverse! Plus, it's missing its head, and it has a really weird looking butt!]]
--> '''Chase:''' [[spoiler:That's because you're sitting on it backwards, Frank.]]
--> '''Frank:''' [[spoiler:"OOOOOOOH, that explains why it didn't like that apple I tried to feed it.]]

--> '''Frank:''' [[spoiler:So, you were really abducted by aliens?]]
--> '''Farmer Hayes:''' [[spoiler:Yep, they did all kinds of strange things.]]
--> '''Frank:''' [[spoiler:Like what?]]
--> '''Farmer Hayes:''' [[spoiler:They probed me!]]
--> '''Frank:''' [[spoiler:EEEEEW!]]
--> '''Farmer Hayes:''' [[spoiler:No, no, no, I mean they asked me pressing questions.]]
--> '''Frank:''' [[spoiler:Oh....]]
--> '''Farmer Hayes:''' [[spoiler:And then they stuck a giant machine right up my-]]
--> '''Frank:''' [[spoiler:LA LA LA Can't year you!]]

* GenreSavvy: Ellie has her moments.
--> [[spoiler: Ellie: Oh, but he was just on TV and he had [[RightHandCat this cute white fluffy ca]]... [[ExplainExplainOhCrap oh, you're right]], [[WickedCultured he]] ''[[DevilInPlainSight is]]'' [[FauxAffablyEvil evil]].]]
* GoodScarsEvilScars: Rex Fury has the "evil scars" variety.
* GottaCatchEmAll: There is tons to do in this game ranging from putting out barbecue fires, coffee breaks, growing flowers, launching pigs out of cannons, etc. By doing this, you gain Gold Bricks and getting all ''450'' snags you the ability to [[spoiler: grow twenty times your size!]]
* GroinAttack: Barry Smith uses one against Chase when he's testing out his kung fu skills.
* TheGreys: Can be seen walking around the city. May just be party goers in costume.
* HairTriggerTemper: Chan, who only needs the slightest inconvenience to [[SuddenlyShouting START YELLING AT HIS MOOKS!!!]] One time, when they weren't around to hear him yelling, [[FelonyMisdemeanor he went outside to yell at innocent bystanders]]. Semi-Justified, as he truly is SurroundedByIdiots.
-->'''Chan:''' '''WHAT!!! [[BlatantLies I AM VERY MILD-MANNERED!!!]] ''[[BadBoss YOU'RE]] [[GeorgeJetsonJobSecurity FIRED!!!]]'' '''
* HeroicComedicSociopath: Chase more or less, he drives into other people's cars or people and says only "Aww... heck!" or "They'll be fine!". To get enough bricks at times one have to [[PersonOfMassDestruction destroy]] much of the things in Lego City. Still, he is funny, for those who are old enough to understand the jokes.
* HopelessWithTech: Frank Honey (who is also hopeless with... [[LethallyStupid well, anything]]), who "fixes" the Police HQ's main computer (or "[[{{Malaproper}} compuper]]", as he calls it) [[PercussiveMaintenance by whacking it with a hammer]], [[StuffBlowingUp blowing it sky high]].
** [[spoiler: Forest Blackwell is also this, as he can't get the computer's video screen to focus on his face, and the audio distorts his voice (in a parody of being TheFaceless), which even [[TheDragon Rex Fury]], DumbMuscle he is, [[DumbassHasAPoint points out]]. [[BrickJoke He even calls it a "compuper" as well]]!]]
* HumongousMecha: The Megafig is one of these, and [[spoiler: Chase uses it on the Moon to battle Rex Fury's mechanical T-Rex.]]
* HurricaneOfPuns: One character exists solely to deliver puns about ArnoldSchwarzenegger, with his sentences incorporating the titles of many of his films ("Go over by the [[Film/ConanTheBarbarian1982 cone 'an]] stuff).
** Which he caps with "Don't worry... [[{{Terminator}} I'll be back.]]"
** The game in general throws out a LOT of puns, some being [[ShoutOut Shout Outs]], and the rest... well, JustForPun
* JerkWithAHeartOfGold: Chief Dunby is a perpetually grumpy, glory-hogging jerk, but at the end of the day he's willing to admit when he's wrong and genuinely wants to make Lego City a safer place.
* KarmaHoudini: Vinnie Poppalardo is actually a pretty nice guy, at least by the standards of mafia men, but the fact of the matter is he runs the biggest mafia in Lego City and orchestrates several high-profile robberies. Despite this, he is never arrested in the game even though Chase would have more than enough evidence against him from his time undercover.
** [[spoiler: To a more minor extent, [[TheManBehindTheMan Forest Blackwell]] is not arrested (even though he's LostInSpace), [[WeWillMeetAgain and makes it clear he won't stop at getting vengeance on Chase McCain and Lego City]].]] See SequelHook.
* LawyerFriendlyCameo: Several minor characters are this as seen in the shout-outs section below, such as "Blue" being a stand-in for Red from the Shawshank Redemption, or [[Series/StarskyandHutch "Studsky and Clutch"]], a character named "Harry" who looks exactly like DirtyHarry and a nameless minifigure (listed as [=DaMumbo=] when you unlock it) who looks just like Series/{{Columbo}}. Vinnie Pappalardo is basically Joe Pesci's character from Film/{{Goodfellas}}.
-->'''Heywood:''' Uh, are you free, man?\\
'''Blue:''' (''surprised'') No! No, I am ''not'' Freeman. (''looks around'') His lawyers might be watchin'.
** Various cops skins include [[Series/CagneyAndLacey "Cacey and Lagney"]], [[Series/MiamiVice "Bricket"]], and [[Series/CSIMiami "Horace Cone"]].
* LeaningOnTheFourthWall: Near the end of the game, Chase asks Natalia's father on how to describe his [[spoiler: force field generator]] so that "little kids" could understand it.
** The Wii U [=GamePad=] ''is'' the [[MagicTool communicator]].
* LeParkour: Chase is a practitioner and uses several of the same moves as Faith does in MirrorsEdge, although he can only do them in designated areas.
* LethallyStupid: Frank Honey's general lack of intelligence tends to cause destruction. It doesn't set back Chase's investigation, but it does rack up lots of collateral damage.
* LighterAndSofter: This game has been called the "kid-friendly" version of the ''VideoGame/GrandTheftAuto'' series. Probably intentional.
** Given its gang infiltration theme, it can also be described as ''VideoGame/SleepingDogs'' for kids.
* LiteralMinded: Several characters at points, but the game's shining example of the trope is Frank Honey.
--> '''Chase:''' Frank, I'm getting closer to Rex.\\
'''Frank:''' [[GettingCrapPastTheRadar Oh, that's sweet]], [[HoYay do you liiiike Rex]]?
-->'''Chase:''' No, I meant that I'm getting closer to ''arresting'' Rex.
* LittleGreenMen: Can be called down using the [[spoiler: astronaut boxes]]. One of the open-world missions is to [[GottaCatchEmAll find and arrest all of them]].
* LoadsAndLoadsOfLoading: While the game doesn't load super-frequently, whenever it does it does take quite awhile to finish.
* LogicBomb: One of the RedHerring conversations overheard on the audio scanner involves two guys trying out a lie detector. One of them breaks it by saying "This is a lie." to it.
* LuxuryPrisonSuite: Rex Fury's cell is hidden in a secret chamber that can only be accessed by a concealed elevator in the warden's office and is full of high-class amenities as well as being the size of a small apartment.
-->'''Chase''': Wow, this place is nicer than my apartment!
* TheMafia: Vinnie Pappalardo leads one.
* [[spoiler: TheManBehindTheMan: Forrest Blackwell is this to Rex Fury]].
* ManChild: Frank Honey has the brain of a five-year old and is very LiteralMinded.
* MarriedToTheJob: Natalia gives this trope as one of the reasons she can't be with Chase.
--> '''Natalia''': You're married to your job Chase, and I don't date married men.
** [[spoiler:He chooses her over his job in the end though.]]
* MeaningfulName: Chase. He spends a great deal of the game ''chasing'' people.
* MissionControl: Various characters, depending on the level.
* MissionControlIsOffItsMeds: Whenever Frank Honey is the mission controller.
* MobWar: Between the Italian and Chinese gangs.
* MockingSingSong: The criminals on Albatross Island taunt the guard with "nya nya nya nya nya nya" when they escape from their cells.
* MonsterClown: Of the LighterAndSofter variety, but Vinnie Poppalardo dresses up as a clown ([[ShoutOut to deliver the line]] "[[{{Goodfellas}} You think I'm funny?!]]" of course) and is one of the two mafia heads in the game. [[JustifiedTrope Justified]] when he explains that he wanted to do something special for his son's birthday party. He's normally dressed in a nice suit.
** Furthermore, several clown robbers can be apprehended, and are the first enemies players fight.
* MoodWhiplash: The game gets considerably darker when [[spoiler: it is revealed that Blackwell Tower is actually a rocket ship, and that if it launches, the heat and exhaust fumes would likely kill everyone nearby]].
* [[spoiler:MovingBuildings: Blackwell Tower, which turns out to function like a space rocket.]]
* MustacheVandalism: Committed by Rex Fury's gang to Vinnie Poppalardo's family paintings [[spoiler: when they raid his base.]] Vinnie reacts with horror at the painting of his mother with a moustache, considering how much he had to pay the artist [[GirlsWithMoustaches to leave off the moustache]] in the first place.
* NeverSayDie: Mostly played straight with lines like "This is a matter of life or... um... the other thing", although the game does directly state that [[spoiler: the emissions from Blackwell's construction project]] would be lethal to the nearby animals.
* NewPowersAsThePlotDemands: Chase gets various costumes that grant him new powers and access to new areas as the player progresses through the story mode. In order of appearance: [[spoiler: Civilian (Default), Policeman, Robber, Miner, Astronaut, Farmer, Firefighter, Construction Worker]].
** He also unlocks several abilities as the story goes on such as parkour, advanced combat, boat driving and upgrades to previous powers. The sudden master is lampshaded in the first special assignment where Chase is as stunned as the player that he can do all these crazy parkour stunts.
* NoCommunitiesWereHarmed: LEGO City is a mishmash of various areas and landmarks from real-life cities, such as UsefulNotes/SanFrancisco, [[BigApplesauce New York]] and [[OnlyInMiami Miami]].
* NonIronicClown: In contrast to the above Monster Clowns, several Non-Ironic Clowns are seen walking about the city.
* NoOSHACompliance: Fuse boxes throughout the city are electrified, causing a zap to all characters except construction workers, who may repair them. Sometimes these boxes just stop certain devices from working, and sometimes they electrify floors, preventing entry. Lampshaded by Chase in [[spoiler: Forrest Blackwell's Mansion: Escape]].
-->'''Chase''': Did [[spoiler: Forrest]] hire [[TheDitz Frank]] to wire this place?
* NotTheFallThatKillsYou: Played with. During the [[spoiler: Blue Bell Mines]] level Chase performs a very impressive free fall for quite some time. A soft collision in to wood only lightly harms him at best but he ''will'' die if he collides with something solid. Lampshaded by Chase in-game.
-->'''Chase''': [[NoOSHACompliance WHY WAS THAT EVEN THERE?!]]
* OminousLatinChanting: Parodied in the final sequence. The music for that part has a choir that chants [[TitleDrop "LEGO, LEGO, LEGO // CI- TY, CI- TY."]] However, it doesn't make it any less awesome.
* PaperThinDisguise: To ensure that no one knows he's bringing the crane to the observatory, Chase pulls out a box and draws a smiley face in sharpie and ''puts it on his head''. Not only that, but he also scribbles two other faces (anger and surprise) onto the other sides of the box and it's not even commented on! [[spoiler:However, the trope is ultimately subverted as the person he was trying to fool couldn't make out Chase's appearance anyway; he forgot to bring his glasses.]]
* ParentalBonus: A very large portion of the game's humor consists of references that would fly over the heads of younger players.
* PercussiveMaintenance: Not even 15 minutes into the game. The following is paraphrased.
-->'''Unnamed Guy''' ''(referring to the computer)'': ...but it didn't blow up until Frank tried repairing it.
-->'''Frank''': With a hammer!
* [[HumanCannonball Pig Cannonball]]: How Chase gets the pigs scattered across LEGO City back to Jethro's farm. They're shot out of pig cannons, which only farmers can operate. This is because [[MacGyvering a chicken is used as a handle]] to control the cannon.
* {{Pun}}: All over the place.
* PrivateEyeMonologue: Chase attempts one of these, but ends up saying it out loud, resulting in Ellie pointing out the mistakes in it.
* ProtagonistCenteredMorality: Chase can get away with a ''lot''. Justified somewhat in that he is doing it with the mayor's blessing and generally his less-than-moral antics lead to arrests of some high-profile criminals.
* PokeThePoodle: The gangs that Chase must arrest as part of a sidequest all seem to want to be bad, but never really do anything worse than vandalism. One group seemed horrified when their leader only paid ten percent tip at a restaurant. Chase is eager to stop their crimes, but really, he's probably [[VideoGameCrueltyPotential destroyed more]] [[RewardingVandalism random objects]] than all of the vandals he puts away ''combined''.
* ReassignedToAntarctica: After Chase makes a blunder that frustrates a big arrest, Chief Dunby reassigns him to Bluebell National Park and doesn't even pretend that it's not to get him out of his hair. Thankfully, one of Chase's criminal connections calls him with a job that draws him back into the Rex Fury case.
* RedRightHand: Rex Fury has a glazed-over right eye that does not work properly.
* {{Retirony}}: One of the guards at the courthouse takes pride on his last day of work that his thirty-six year long career ended without a single mistake or mishap. [[spoiler: [[OhCrap He immediatly realizes that he let a prisoner who was to be transferred to jail get in the wrong vehicle]]. [[FromBadToWorse Then a bird poops on his head]].]]
* RealSongThemeTune: To help the "old cop show" feel, "Walking on Sunshine" by KatrinaAndTheWaves plays in the intro.
** Incidentally, this might be some leftover licensing from ''Lego VideoGame/RockBand'', which would also make it a MythologyGag in regards to Lego games.
* RewardingVandalism: Takes it even further than the [[LegoAdaptationGame Lego Adaptation Games]] in that driving over things rewards you bricks to build with, and driving over several consecutive things rewards you with a multiplier, encouraging you to destroy even more things with your vehicles. Maxing out the multiplier even makes you invincible for a short while. Your car starts glowing in many different colors, too.
** This is actually required, in that Chase has to break certain things so he can use the parts to build other things.
* RichInDollarsPoorInSense: Frank Honey's family is very wealthy, but Frank really isn't too bright.
* RightHandCat:
** [[spoiler: Forrest Blackwell has one in one of the cutscenes]]. This is also mentioned by Ellie, who realizes this makes [[spoiler:Forrest Blackwell]] ObviouslyEvil.
** Chan Chuang has a bunny on hand to pet when he gets annoyed. It barks like a guard dog.
* SequelHook: [[spoiler:As Chase never managed to arrest Forrest Blackwell is it always possible that a sequel might come]].
* SequentialBoss: [[spoiler:Rex Fury is fought in two consectutive battles, the first against him piloting a T-Rex, and the second against him and his minions]].
* ShoutOut And HOW
** Series/StarskyAndHutch
** SherlockHolmes
** DirtyHarry
** TheMatrix
** A whole mission based off ''Film/TheShawshankRedemption'', complete with a nod to "Free Man" (not now, his lawyers might be watching)
** Several Shoutouts to the ''Franchise/SuperMarioBros'' franchise are included as the result of Nintendo being publisher. Look out for coin boxes, a Starman, and Cheep-cheeps.
*** During the final level, [[spoiler:Rex's T-Rex is defeated in a manner similar to Bowser in ''VideoGame/SuperMario64'', by grabbing its tail and then throwing it at the explosive energy tanks around the room]].
** The tones used for the Space Boxes are "Daisy Daisy," from 2001: A Space Odyssey.
** Natalia in ''Undercover'' looks quite similar to a modern [[VideoGame/{{Metroid}} Samus]].
** [[https://miiverse.nintendo.net/posts/AYMHAAACAAAYUKlNkASQAQ One of the symbols]] at the space center resembles the ''VideoGame/SuperSmashBros'' logo.
* SilenceIsGolden: In stark contrast to the rest of the game, [[spoiler: the space freefall segment of the final mission]] has almost no dialogue.
* SimonSaysMiniGame: Special boxes scattered around the city have colored lights which flash in a certain order, requiring the astronaut's special pad to repeat the pattern, [[TeleportersAndTransporters beaming down]] objects and [[LittleGreenMen aliens]] when successful.
* SouthernFriedGenius: Ellie Phillips, who manages Chase's technology and runs the requisitions office.
* SpiritualSuccessor: To the LegoIsland games.
* StrangeMindsThinkAlike: When Chase teams up with Studsky and Clutch to rescue Natalia, [[spoiler:the two speculate on how she might be getting tortured, with ridiculous ideas like giving her brain freeze from ice cream and using TickleTorture. When Natalia's rescued, she's in pain and says they fed her ice cream.]]
* TalkingAnimal: The punchline of one of the RedHerring Audio Scanner conversations reveals that the "people" Chase was listening to were, in fact, animals the entire time.
* TheDevTeamThinksOfEverything: In some places, doing certain things will make Chase say something. The earliest seems to be in Warden Stonewall's office. Paraphrased is the following.
-->'''Chase''' ''(After destroying every possible thing in Warden Stonewall's office)'': Wow, I can't believe all that noise I just made didn't get his attention.
* TemptingFate:
-->'''Chase:''' ''(looking down after using the grappling hook to climb a building)'' Good thing I don't have vertigo or some kind of ridiculous phobia.
-->''(cue a cute little parrot landing next to him)''
-->'''Parrot:''' Brawk! Bonjour!
-->'''Chase:''' AHHH! [[WhyDidItHaveToBeSnakes FRENCH PARROTS!]] ''(faints)''
* ThreateningShark: There are a few shark signs on some of the beaches that seem entirely forgettable. Get out in open water though, and there's a chance you end up dying very quickly.
* TimedMission: Certain missions on the main overworld are timed. Can be quite jarring considering none of the story mode levels or missions in the previous VideoGame/{{LEGO Adaptation Game}}s were under a time limit.
* ToiletHumor: You ''will'' explode some outhouses in a certain part of this game. With people still ''inside'' them too.
** [[spoiler: At the end of the game, Rex Fury crashes through the roof of a house, and lands headfirst into a toilet bowl. It's still stuck on his head during his arrest.]]
* TheTriadsAndTheTongs: Chan's gang is basically the Chinese mafia.
* TrainingMontage: Spoofed. When Chase gets the fire extinguisher, he starts squirting it everywhere where there are fires. Cut to the head firefighter chastising him for using it without proper training.
** Also spoofed during the "Plumb-fu" training montage, where grandmaster Barry [[CurbStompBattle kicks the crap out of Chase]], and then concludes he should practice on a few of his Mooks first.
* {{Troperiffic}}: The developers actively tried to invoke as many CopShow tropes as possible... and a lot of other tropes aside.
* TheUnreveal: Dunby's advice for the cops is muted out by someone activating a vacuum while he speaks.
* TheVeryDefinitelyFinalDungeon: [[spoiler:Blackwell's Moonbase]].
* VideoGameCrueltyPotential: Destroying city property is encouraged as a way to build up your block count. You can also very easily mow down the civilians nearby. [[MadeOfIron They'll just pop back up]] and continue walking a second later. They dive out of the way like most sandbox games, with the addition of having an animation for when they dive into the wall. Ouch.
* VileVillainSaccharineShow: While the two mafias are harmless, [[spoiler: the game's BigBad, Forest Blackwell, shows malicious disregard for human life and it is put in no uncertain terms that if Chase wasn't around to foil his plans, many people would end up dead]].
* WallCrawl: Farmer Jethro's pigs can do this. And, apparently, use lockpicking tools. They're [[EndangeredSpecies rare mountain pigs]], which explains why Chase so often finds them on top of buildings.
* WhatHappenedToTheMouse: "Stinky" Fletcher, who is supposed to have information on the theft in Bluebell Mine, is [[spoiler: kidnapped by Rex's men]], but after [=McCain=] gets a newer lead in the form of Chan, Fletcher is never seen or heard from again. Also, [[spoiler: Chan himself is mentioned to have gone missing after his disappearance following the elimination of his gang's key members and the rescue of Natalia, and is never seen again.]]
* WholePlotReference: As mentioned in the ShoutOut section, an entire level is dedicated to spoofing TheShawShankRedemption.
* WholesomeCrossdresser: Quite a few of Chase's costumes are of women. He will even adopt their more feminine poses while [[DisguisedInDrag undercover]].
* WitnessProtection: A big part of the backstory is that Natalia Kowalski was in witness protection, until Chase blew her cover, which is why Chase was kicked out of Lego City. She's back in witness protection when he returns, albeit as a paramedic rather than a journalist.
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