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Characters: The LEGO Movie

WARNING: Spoiler alert. It is recommended that you see the film before reading this page.

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    Emmet Brickowski 
"You are the Special. The most important, most talented, most interesting, and most extraordinary person in the universe."
"I think I got it... but just in case... tell me the whole thing again, I wasn't listening."

Voiced by: Chris Pratt

  • Achievements in Ignorance: What Emmet's best at. His creations are so idiotic (at first), the bad guys ignore them completely, allowing our heroes to use them to their advantage.
  • Action Survivor: In contrast to Wyldstyle, he has no clue how to fight, and is seriously lucky to be alive after all the danger he goes through.
  • Adorkable: Loves rainbows and awesome things, but is clumsy and not very bright.
  • All-Loving Hero: In his own words, everything is awesome.
  • Badass Pacifist: His secret weapon to defeat Lord Business is his hand and a speech.
  • Becoming the Boast: While he doesn't knowingly brag about being "the most important, talented, interesting, and extraordinary person in the universe", he still manages to impress those who genuinely fit those qualities better than he does, ultimately making himself a hero to the people thanks to the faith his position as The Chosen One gave him.
  • Blank Slate: Deconstructed; Emmet has so little self-characterization that his peers have very little to say about him, let alone remember him by. One of the minifigures who are interviewed about him even call him a blank slate. It's later reconstructed as the blankness of his mind gives him limitless potential to create anything he wants. It also helps him hide, because his face is so nondescript that every possible face in the LEGO universe fits his profile. Justified in that his face is the original bog-standard Minifig face from years ago (when not expressing).
  • Butt Monkey: His so-called friends hardly even know he exists, and several of his allies only really stick around him because the key to destroying the Kragle is literally glued to his back. He does eventually gain some respect as his seemingly dumb ideas prove invaluable to his team's survival.
  • Came Back Strong: After returning to Lego land he has the abilities of a full fleshed Master Builder; building massive constructions on the fly, and enforcing Conservation of Ninjutsu on the robot mooks.
  • The Chosen Zero: It's painfully clear how much more qualified all of the Master Builders are at being the Special than he is; he's naÔve, idiotic, clumsy, and can barely muster the creativity to put two tiny LEGO bricks together. It later turns out there's no such thing as the Special; it was all a ruse devised by Vitruvius to make him see that anyone can be special.
  • Clingy MacGuffin: The key to neutralizing the Kragle, the Piece of Resistance, is literally glued to his backside.
  • Closest Thing We Got: He's just an average Joe who gets in way over his head when he touches the Piece of Resistance labeling him as the Special, but since the Piece is irremovably stuck to him, the Master Builders have no choice (other than turn tail and run, as most of them do) but to follow him.
  • Crazy Enough to Work: According to Metal Beard, Emmet's ideas are so dumb that Lord Business would never expect them to work, which is exactly what they need to stop him.
  • Distracted by the Sexy: He often slips into this when talking to Wyldstyle early in the movie, ignoring her exposition and instead hearing her say how attracted she is to him.
  • Distressed Dude: Finds himself as such when captured by Bad Cop/Good Cop until he is rescued by Wyldstyle.
  • Dumbass Has a Point: For all the flak he gets for his lack of creativity, he does accurately assess the Master Builders' weakness (rampant individualism makes for poor teamwork). He also devises a plan that takes advantage of the individual team members' skills to infiltrate Lord Business' headquarters in a way he never saw coming.
  • Eleventh Hour Superpower / Enlightenment Superpower: After a brush with Reality, Emmet comes back as a Master Builder, and immediately puts his new powers to use to save the day.
  • Establishing Character Moment: His "friends and family" are his plant and broom.
  • The Everyman: In-universe. The audience actually gets a view of his personality more closely throughout the film.
  • The Fool: He pretty much fits this in all aspects: he takes a long while to catch up on the mess he's gotten into, let alone recognize how evil President Business is, and his most ingenious creations and antics are only the result of pure luck.
  • Genius Ditz: A fool he may be, but he turns out to be more insightful than people give him credit for, especially when he suggests they start following instructions that still give free reign for the Master Builders to be as creative as they need to.
  • The Heart: For the Master Builders, he's generally considered worthless and uncreative, but he's also the one who keeps the group together, since their plans literally fall apart when he's unable to help.
  • The Hero: Most people think he's this as the Special, but in truth he has to learn how to be one.
  • Heroic BSOD: This happens to him a few times in the film: first is when he realizes that everyone around him considers him a nobody, and again when Vitruvius tells Emmet he made up the prophecy.
  • Hidden Depths: Already at the beginning of the movie he has some surprising moments of insight, such as realizing that Octan making among more innocuous products surveillance systems, all the history books and voting machines is in fact quite sinister. Unfortunately he's distracted before he can fully ponder the implications.
  • I Just Want to Be Special: Not at first; in fact, he's quite happy and content with his life. When he learns of the prophecy, however, he really wants to be the guy everyone expects him to be.
  • I Just Want to Have Friends: While he doesn't dwell on it until it's forced in his face, he's a fundamentally lonely guy who does his best to connect with everyone around him. He later admits that the reason he wants to be the Special is so that at least one person will find him worth being around.
  • Idiot Hero: When he, Wyldstyle, and Vitruvius enter his mind, they see it as a "prodigiously empty" landscape; Wyldstyle even opens a trapdoor on the ground and finds a cobweb inside. As it turns out, this allows him to have a clear vision of "The Man Upstairs" whereas his fellow Master Builders have spent years trying to clear their minds just to get a glimpse of him; after all, you can't clear a mind that's already empty.
  • Leitmotif: If you listen carefully, you can hear Emmet's leitmotif in a lot of soundtrack pieces, including the end credits. The most sterling example would be the triumphant reprise when he's storming through Bricksburg in his Humongous Mecha.
  • Meaningful Name: "Emmet" is an archaic word for "Ant." Emmet resembles an ant in many ways, being just another cog in the machine with no individual personality.
  • Mistaken for Badass: As the Special, people expect him to be some kind of genius Master Builder. In reality, he can hardly build anything without a set of instructions. At first.
  • Nice Guy: He is polite and generous to literally everyone he meets. As a matter of fact, his niceness is what saves the world from Lord Business in the end.
  • Non-Action Guy: He is not a fighter, in contrast to everyone else in his group. At least until his enlightenment at the end.
  • The Nondescript: Bad Cop/Good Cop has trouble finding him due to having one of the most generic faces in the LEGO universe.
  • Non-Standard Character Design: Unlike the other characters, Emmet's Black Bead Eyes are solid black and do not shine to reflect how early generation LEGO minfigs looked (this is also why Benny has them) and as a testament to how unremarkable he is.
  • Ridiculously Average Guy: Deconstructed; he's so generic that even people that speak and work with him every day can't identify anything unique about him. It's later reconstructed as this realization spurs him to become the Special, and also gives him limitless creative potential. It's also Justified as he is the Author Avatar of an average eight-year-old boy who is still expanding his creativity.
  • Rousing Speech: Subverted; he's brought up to make an encouraging speech before the Master Builders that quickly devolves into an Overly Long List of reasons why the Master Builders are thoroughly screwed to have him as the Special, intending to build up the impact of when he does begin to rouse everyone, but the crowd turns on him before he has a chance to.
  • Seemingly Profound Fool: People think his "useless nobody" thing is just an act to avoid detection as the Special, not realizing he is a useless nobody.
  • Something Only They Would Say: Inverted; Wyldstyle realizes he's not the Special when he start saying things the Special wouldn't say, namely that escaping the city is against the instructions; it all goes downhill from there.
    Wyldstyle: Wait... What's your favorite restaurant?
    Emmet: Any chain restaurant.
    Wyldstyle: Favorite TV show?
    Emmet: Where are My Pants?
    Wyldstyle: Favorite song?
    Emmet: (singing) Everything is awesome...
    Wyldstyle: Oh, no.
  • The Strategist: For all his bumbling, Emmet manages to serve as this for the heroes when he concocts a solid plan to sneak into Octan Tower.
  • Took a Level in Badass: Towards the end of the film, he finds the means to gain Master Builder powers, letting him build a Humongous Mecha out of ordinary construction equipment and kick ass with skill equal to Wyldstyle and Vitruvius.
  • Yes-Man: His co-workers describe him as this as he always agrees with everything everyone has to say, emphasizing his utterly unremarkable nature.

     Lucy/"Wyldstyle" 
"Aloha, losers!"
Voiced by: Elizabeth Banks

  • Action Girl: She effortlessly dodges lasers and fights off Lord Business' henchrobots like nobody's business.
  • All Girls Want Bad Boys: She's got Batman as her boyfriend, and she doesn't hesitate to let Emmet or anyone else know it. Emmet ultimately ends up winning her over in the end, though.
  • Bad Bad Acting: She doesn't make for a very convincing robot while she and Emmet are in disguise.
  • Badass: It comes with being a Master Builder; she can not only make anything out of literally anything, but she's also a kickass fighter to boot.
    • Badass Driver: Not only is she good at creating cars/motorcycles, she's also very adept at driving them, if the chase scene is anything to go by.
    • Badbutt: As cool as she is, she's still stuck with the movie's "Gosh Dang It to Heck!" script.
  • Broken Bird: A lesser form of the trope, but the whole "trying to shut her emotional problems by becoming Badass" deal is still there, as Emmet notices.
  • Defrosting Ice Queen: She's dark, brooding, and puts down others' ideas a lot, especially Emmet's once she clues in he's not the Special. However, she gradually grows more sympathetic towards Emmet and impressed with his crude yet ultimately successful creations.
  • Drop the Hammer: Seen using one briefly during the climax.
  • Embarrassing First Name: According to Vitruvius, Lucy has had a history of insecurity which includes changing her name many times, telling no one her real name, not even her boyfriend Batman.
  • Establishing Character Moment: Building a giant motorcycle out of spare bricks in an alley, our introduction to the Master Builders' abilities.
  • Fail O'Suckyname: She tries to make her name sound cool, but all it does is make people think she's a DJ.
  • Hartman Hips: She has a regular LEGO body, but she has Hartman Hips painted on, as is standard for female minifigs.
  • Hidden Depths: She's an unquestionable Badass, but she's also insecure and has changed her name on countless occasions because she couldn't face her true self. She's also not quite the fanatical believer in the Special as she first appears to be, rather wanting to be the Special herself, and is hurt when it turns out to be Emmet.
  • I Have Many Names: She's changed her name a lot in the past: Darkstorm, Gemini, Neversmile, Freakface, Snazzypants, etc.
  • I Just Want to Be Special: She sought out the Piece of Resistance because she wanted to be the Special, but the seemingly less qualified Emmet found it first, much to her frustration.
  • Impossible Hourglass Figure: Parodied, since the design printed on her torso is intended to evoke this, but is physically the exact same shape as everyone else's.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: She may consider Emmet to be little more than The Load, but underneath that guise is a truly sweet and lovable person with the name of Lucy.
  • Jerkass Realization: She appears quite embarrassed of her harsh treatment of Emmet when he calls her out on it. She also apologizes to all the people in the LEGO universe for looking down on their supposed inability to think for themselves after witnessing firsthand how great Emmet's ideas could be.
  • My Nayme Is: Her latest name is, anyway.
  • Noble Bigot: She fights to save the world and everyone in it in the name of the Special, but also looks down on people like Emmet who aren't Master Builders, thinking of them as mindless sheep who can't do anything without instructions. After acknowledging Emmet's creative potential through his heroic deeds, however, she pulls a 180 on her tone and begins helping other non-Master Builders realize their own untapped potential.
  • She Is Not My Girlfriend: Inverted; she makes it incredibly obvious to any potential takers that Batman is her boyfriend.
  • Skunk Stripe: Two of them, one pink and one blue.
  • Sour Supporter: She makes no secret of her lack of faith in Emmet after discovering he's not the Special or even a Master Builder, accusing him of "ruining" the prophecy. In truth, she wanted the Special to be her, and being passed over for someone much less competent than herself burned her deeply.
  • Tall, Dark and Snarky: She's got a sharp tongue and has a keen interest in "dark and brooding" people like Batman.
  • What the Hell, Hero?: Downplayed; Emmet does call her out on her earlier Jerkass stint towards him, but only because he suspects this isn't how she normally acts.
  • Wrench Wench: As a Master Builder she can instinctively identify the pieces she needs to construct anything she wants from the environment around her.

    Lord Business 
"Let's all remember to follow the instructions oryou'llbeputtosleep and don't forget about Taconote  Tuesday this week!"
"ROBOTS! DESTROY HIM!"

Voiced by: Will Ferrell

  • Abusive Parents: It's implied through Lord Business' dialogue that his parents never told him he was special, which would explain some of his Control Freak behavior.
  • Badass: Lord Business proves to be this, mostly because of his skilled use in improvised weapons and his massive height advantage when he wears his platform shoes.
  • Bad Boss: His treatment of Bad Cop/Good Cop is not very nice, despite the latter's loyalty to him.
  • Beware the Silly Ones: He's really ridiculous and over dramatic, but damn if he isn't vicious.
  • Big Bad: He plans to freeze the entire world, after all. So he can make things the way he sees fit.
  • Big Ol' Unibrow: Of the villainous type.
  • Bond Villain Stupidity: He includes a countdown and then leaves when about to kill Emmet instead of killing everyone right away while he personally keeps watch. In fact, he leaves no one in the room, except for the computer who does nothing. More points detracted when he leaves Bad Cop to die at the critical point where his plans are about to succeed instead of getting rid of Bad Cop after everything is settled. Predictably, Bad Cop helps the heroes right after.
  • Card-Carrying Villain: The flaming horned helmet, flowing cape, and evil minions all around should be a tipoff.
  • Clark Kenting: A "Behind the Bricks" shows he's pretty muscular under that suit.
  • Combat Pragmatist: If there is a simple option in war, Lord Business will almost always take it.
  • Control Freak: He's obsessed with having everything in a specific order and plans to use the Kragle to mold the world just the way he wants to. This is because he's similar to Finn's Control Freak father who is also incredibly anal about his LEGO.
  • Corrupt Corporate Executive: Is the president of the Octan Corporation, as well as the world. Finn's dad has a white collar job, and Lord Business being an evil executive is an exaggeration (and a parallel) of that.
  • Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass: He may be silly, but he's not a bad planner or strategist. He even manages to kill Vitruvius via surprise decapitation.
  • Dangerously Genre Savvy: Despite his Bond Villain Stupidity midway through the movie, he still demonstrates signs of savviness:
    • Keeps an army of robots who, while much less competent than the Master Builders, are completely loyal, expendable and easy to manufacture.
    • Built his office near an abyss where he can conveniently get rid of anything or anyone unwanted.
    • Puts a tracking device on Emmet on the possibility that he might lead him to where the Master Builders are or, at the very least, get Emmet and the Piece of Resistance.
    • Refuses to believe Emmet and the Piece are gone for good unless the body and the item are confirmed visually.
    • While Vitruvius is busy kicking ass and takes a break to deliver a Badass Boast, Lord Business throws a penny at him and decapitates him. Onscreen no less.
    • Throws the Piece into the abyss to make sure it can never be used against him, though thankfully, it's retrieved.
  • Dystopia Justifies the Means: His goal is creating a hellish, frozen world where no free will exists.
  • Easily Forgiven: After being convinced by Emmet that's everyone's special including him. It'sJustified considering he's the Lego counterpart of Finn's father.
  • Evil Is Hammy: See Large Ham below.
  • Evil Laugh: It comes with the hammy-ness.
  • Evil Overlord: Of the LEGO world. He formally upgrades to "Lord Business" when his plan is about to come to fruition.
  • The Evils of Free Will: His whole raison d'Ítre is the fact that he sees free will as a threat to a perfect world.
  • Faux Affably Evil: Even to his underlings; he threatens to throw Bad Cop out of his skyscraper in a completely conversational tone of voice.
  • Freudian Excuse: His obsession with perfection roots from him never receiving the praise he thought he deserved.
  • Generic Doomsday Villain: He has no actual motivation to freeze the world beyond being a Control Freak who wants things run a certain way. Justified as he's a metaphor for Finn's father based solely on this flaw.
  • Heel-Face Turn: Realizes his mistakes at the end of the movie, goes to join Emmett and allow freedom.
  • Hero Killer: Feared by all, and the one who wiped out Metal Beard's original crew and put him in his current predicament. He also kills Vitruvius towards the climax.
  • Ink-Suit Actor: He bears a resemblance to Will Ferrell when he's not wearing his gigantic demon helmet. Justified as Finn based him off of his father, who is also played by Will Ferrell.
  • Improbable Weapon User: He uses super glue, golf balls, and even a penny to deadly effect. It helps that these objects are proportionally larger to LEGO than ordinary people.
  • Jerkass Has a Point: At the beginning of the movie, he laughs at Vitrivius' prophecy and claims that he just made it up, and it turns out he was right.
  • Kick the Dog: He wouldn't be a Generic Doomsday Villain if he didn't do this a few times:
    • He orders Bad Cop/Good Cop to freeze his own family as punishment for his failure to capture Emmet, scrubbing off his Good Guy face to ensure he actually goes through with it.
    • Rather than dispose of Emmet along with the Piece of Resistance, he decides to give him a front-row seat to the destruction of Bricksburg.
  • Knight Templar: A character who can be both Card-Carrying Villain and Knight Templar at the same time. He believes himself to be doing the right thing by instilling order in a perceived chaotic world, despite the obvious proof of the contrary.
  • Large Ham: Although he's mostly Faux Affably Evil he does have a couple of moments of being hammy, more notably at the beginning of the movie.
    Lord Business: "Now my power will be unlimited! Can you feel me?!"
  • Laughably Evil: He can be rather hilarious at points, but still vicious.
  • Man of Wealth and Taste: As much as a LEGO figurine can be, anyway. Lord Business prides himself on being incredibly rich and believes his taste is the be all and end all of it. This foreshadows the Control Freak tendencies of the Man Upstairs.
  • The Napoleon: Technically, he's the same size as everyone else. However, he prides himself on the height he gains when wearing his platform boots, and will loudly emphasize how tall he is to any naysayers.
  • No Celebrities Were Harmed: When in his Presidential uniform, he resembles Mitt Romney. At least, that's what Fox Business argues.
  • Not So Different: Like Emmet, he never had anyone else tell him he was special, allowing Emmet to relate to him to a degree. In the end, Emmet convinces him he is special, talking him into pulling a Heel-Face Turn and undo his freezing of the world.
  • Obviously Evil: His horned helmet unleashes fire. Subtlety is clearly not his forte. Since this is in part a story that Finn is creating and he's just a kid, he probably doesn't fully understand anything other than cheesy, over the top villains.
  • The Perfectionist: He firmly believes that everything that's built should be made under strict instructions, going so far as to freeze the world to ensure this perceived perfection is preserved. At one point he even claims that all he wants is utmost perfection.
  • President Evil: Who rules the entire world. However, his "President" title is a cover for his true evil personality.
  • Red and Black and Evil All Over: His boots and helmet are both colored black-and-red, as are his robots for the most part.
  • Seinfeldian Conversation: Has one with himself on the impracticality of Emmet's double-decker couch. The fact that he asks things like "What if the guy in the top middle has to go to the bathroom?" and "Who'd want to sit on the bottom?" is one of the first signs that he and Emmet are Not So Different.
  • Vile Villain, Saccharine Show: When you think about it, pretty-much all of the "crap" part of the Crapsaccharine World setting is his fault: he set up the Orwellian government that controls the world; he wants to inflict a universe-wide Fate Worse than Death; he destroys a guy's face; and he destroys an entire society in his hunt for the Special.
  • Villain Has a Point: He might be running a conformist dystopia and plans to destroy the world, but Lord Business has built a stable civilization. In contrast, the Master Builders are so individualistic they have serious trouble working together.
  • Villain with Good Publicity: The general public, including Emmet at the start of the movie, see him as a pretty nice guy. It helps that he doesn't publicly go by "Lord" Business until the film's climax.

    Vitruvius 
"There is yet one hope... The Special has arisen!"
"We have learned that Lord Business plans to use the Kragle to end the world as we know it on Taco Tuesday!"

Voiced by: Morgan Freeman

  • Aroused by Their Voice: G-Rated version. In the "Behind the Bricks" special, he mentions that Morgan Freeman (his voice actor) could read a telephone book and make it sound interesting. He does just that, and the boom-mike guy next to him looks like he's in complete bliss.
  • Badass
    • Badass Beard: Merged with Wizard Beard, as he's more than badass.
    • Badass Grandpa: Vitruvius is on the heat of battle alongside people who look a third of his age. He proves to be much more than a match for any foe.
    • Handicapped Badass: Being blind doesn't stop him from being awesome.
  • Berserk Button: Don't call him old. He prefers the term "experienced".
  • Big Good: The major force of goodness moving around guiding the heroes, and the one who originally foretold the prophecy of the Special.
  • Blind Black Guy: To go with being voiced by Morgan Freeman, he's a bit darker than most LEGO people. He's also blind.
  • Blind Mistake: He's a walking goldmine of "blind guy" gags not unlike Mr. Magoo.
  • Blind Seer: Lord Business blinds him during their confrontation at the beginning of the movie, yet he still remains a great source of wisdom in the LEGO universe. He can also play the piano.
  • Blind Weaponmaster: Blind he may be, but when given the opportunity to build something, he will kick ass with it.
  • Bunny-Ears Lawyer: Vitruvius looks like a hopeless, blind old man at first, but he's still one of the wisest, most respected Master Builders in the LEGO universe.
  • Cool Old Guy: He's a nice and pretty awesome old man, despite his sarcasm.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Especially to Emmet. Even when he's trying to serve as a mentor, nonetheless.
  • Expy: He seems to be a mix of Gandalf and Dumbledore. Interestingly enough, both make cameos in the movie.
  • Eye Scream: He is blinded by Lord Business with a deadly laser to the face at the beginning of the movie.
  • Hipster: He claims to have liked Emmet "before it was cool" (i.e., before everyone in the LEGO universe acknowledges him as a hero).note 
  • Informed Attribute: Subverted. Vitruvius's unique building style is never explicitly shown or mentioned. The video game reveals that it's Western, likely due to his living there.
  • Instant Chucks: He splits a walker and uses the separate pieces like this.
  • Let's Get Dangerous: Single-handedly takes down Lord Business's forces in the Think Tank. Unfortunately he stops to offer his wisdom to Emmet, which Lord Business takes advantage of to chop off his head with a penny.
  • Magical Negro: Heh heh heh... shut up.
  • Magic Staff: It's actually a chewed up green lollipop.
  • Mentor Archetype: He serves as this for Emmet as he helps him learn the skills needed to become a Master Builder. He turns out to have shades of a Trickster Mentor when he confesses he made up the prophecy of the Special to retroactively fulfill that very prophecy. Unfortunately, this also comes with Mentor Occupational Hazard.
  • Named After Somebody Famous: Vitruvius was one of the most important Roman architects and engineers. A Master Builder, if you will.
  • New-Age Retro Hippie: Has shades of this, and hides a psychedelic shirt and jeans under his robe.
  • No Sense of Direction: Justified since he is blind.
  • The Obi-Wan: To Emmet, whom he helps develop the skills needed to become a Master Builder on the fly. He later has an Obi-Wan Moment in which he confesses he made up the prophecy of the Special as he dies, retroactively turning Emmet into the Special as part of a Secret Test of Character. There are some very strong parallels between the character of Obi-Wan and Vitruvius. Virtruvius is a wise leader of a group with special talents and takes on an apprentice. He is struck down by the LEGO-world counterpart of the protagonist's father, and returns as a spirit advisor and reveals a secret he had been keeping from the hero.
  • One-Man Army: Despite being blind, he can take on a hundred robotic Mooks at once using more or less a walker.
  • Pre-Asskicking One-Liner: "Did you just call me old? Well junebug, I really prefer the term experienced!"
  • Prophecies Rhyme All the Time: He claims that the prophecy is true because it rhymes.
  • Prophet Eyes: They become a permanent staple of his after he's blinded.
  • Rule of Funny: Whether or not his blindness makes him completely incompetent or a Handicapped Badass depends entirely on what's funniest at the moment.
  • Trickster Mentor: He confesses he made up the prophecy of the Special to retroactively fulfil that very prophecy, in order for Emmet to undergo a Secret Test of Character.
  • Wizard Classic: Modeled after this image, clearly.

    Batman 
"I only work in black. And sometimes, very, very, dark grey."
Voiced by: Will Arnett

  • A-Team Firing: This version of the Dark Knight is a pretty lousy shot with his batarangs in one scene.
  • Aloof Ally: He hates having his "every man for himself" approach to heroism shot down so much that he groans for a solid three seconds before helping his friends.
  • Badbutt: Not only because he's in a kids' movie but also because he really isn't that tough and skilled. He's essentially a G-rated parody of Frank Miller's Goddamn Batman, which he tries to be like but doesn't quite make it. See Pre Ass Kicking One Liner for a good example.
  • Big Damn Heroes: He makes his first appearance while swooping in on the Batwing to save our heroes from falling into a ravine.
  • Broken Pedestal: Emmet is honored to meet him at first, but is severely put off by his Bastard Boyfriend tendencies. It doesn't last too long as Batman's biggest Jerkass move is revealed as a ploy to get everyone out of trouble.
  • But He Sounds Handsome: Part of the plan to infiltrate Lord Business' office is for Bruce Wayne to show up and stall him. Batman tries to pretend that's not him.
  • Cannot Tell a Joke: "We'll wing it. (beat) That's a bat-pun."
  • The Comically Serious: His relentless brooding can be quite hilarious, especially in Cloud Cuckoo Land.
    Batman: I hate this place.
  • Darker and Edgier: Averted and Played for Laughs. Batman wants to be this and Lucy hails him as such, but his idea of being Darker and Edgier is simply to talk in a deep gravelly voice, listen to death metal and obsess over the word "darkness". Not at all like the actual Batman.
  • Expressive Mask: A subversion. The cowl piece on the minifigure head doesn't change its shape, being LEGO, but the white-on-black eyes on his minifigure head do change, giving the illusion of the entire mask emoting.
  • For Halloween, I Am Going as Myself: Emmet's plan for Batman to enter Lord Business' boardroom - go as Bruce Wayne!
  • It's All About Me: Is incredibly self-centered, which makes it convincing of him to abandon everyone in the middle of the ocean to have some alone time, only to subvert it a minute later when he pops back with the equipment he and his friends need to escape.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: He's egotistical and self-centered, and uses his dead parents as an excuse for such willful behavior, but he's still one of the good guys and lets Lucy go to be with Emmet.
  • Lighter and Softer: Despite being hailed as Darker and Edgier by Wyldstyle (and himself), he's much sillier than most depictions of him. Again, probably because an 8-year-old boy came up with his personality.
  • Metal Head: REALLY loves his surround sound systems and subwoofers, as well as composing death metal.
  • Moment Killer: He pops up twice to interrupt Emmet and Wyldstyle when they have a moment and almost touch hands. He lets it happen the second time.
  • My Parents Are Dead: He wrote a Death Metal song about it.
  • Nonstandard Character Design: One of the few skin-colored (not yellow) minifigs in the movie.
  • Offscreen Teleportation: All it takes is a cut to the next shot for Batman to be wherever he is most needed.
  • Open Secret: Everyone seems to know he's Bruce Wayne, despite his attempts to claim otherwise.
  • Romantic False Lead: For Wyldstyle, who develops feelings for Emmet over the course of the movie. She eventually dumps him for Emmet at the end; he's surprisingly cool with it.
  • Stealth Hi/Bye: He manages to exit and return to the Batwing's cockpit without visibly or audibly opening it.
  • To The Bat Noun: He says, "To the Batmobile!" only for the camera to cut to the Batmobile being destroyed by the Super Secret Police.
  • Wolverine Publicity: Has the largest role of any of the licensed characters in the movie, and gets the most screen time out of them too.

    Good Cop/Bad Cop 
Top: Good Cop. Bottom: Bad Cop
"TAKE HIM TO THE MELTING CHAMBER!"
"Hi, buddy! I'm your friendly neighborhood policeman! You want a glass of water?"

Voiced by: Liam Neeson

  • Affably Evil: Good Cop can be nice. On one hand, he doesn't do anything to stop Emmet almost being melted by torture laser. On the other hand, he is strong-willed enough to stop Bad Cop from freezing his own parents.
  • Badass: Evil or not, Bad Cop is damn awesome in combat.
  • Chairman of the Brawl: He wields a chair at numerous points, and loves taking out his frustration on it.
  • Cool Car: Has a police car that changes into a hovercraft.
  • Cool Shades/Sinister Shades: The standard cop ones.
  • Comically Serious: Bad Cop is hilarious for how dramatic he is with everything.
  • Die, Chair! Die!: A Running Gag has Bad Cop taking his frustration out on chairs to a point that after failing to catch the heroes at the city limits, a Mook brings him a chair to beat up.
  • The Dragon: He does much of the grunt work.
  • Even Evil Has Loved Ones: Bad Cop, while being more ruthless than Good Cop, still loves his family dearly. You can see how heartbroken he looks when he has to freeze them. At one point, he even addresses them as "Mummy and Daddy".
  • Evil Sounds Deep: Bad Cop, being Liam Neeson in his full glory.
  • Good Cop/Bad Cop: A rare case of the one-man variant.
  • Half-Hearted Henchman: More like Half-Headed. Which is why Lord Business wipes off his good side. He gets it back by the end of the movie, but it's doodled poorly.
  • If You're So Evil, Eat This Kitten: In order to prove his loyalty after failing to reclaim Emmet and the Piece, Lord Business orders him to fire the Kragle at his own parents. The cop can't bring himself to do it, so Lord Business erases his good side, allowing Bad Cop to freeze them unfettered.
  • Improbable Aiming Skills: During one of his chair tantrums, he manages to hit a cop running away far off in the distance with the chair he just kicked.
  • Literal Split Personality: Not entirely split, but Good Cop and Bad Cop are distinct faces on the same head. Lord Business enforces a Split Personality Takeover when he erases Good Cop's face, giving Bad Cop complete control; however, Bad Cop restores Good Cop in the finale by crudely redrawing Good Cop's face.
  • Mistreatment-Induced Betrayal: After Lord Business betrays him for no real reason other than "it's just businessnote ", Bad Cop restores his previously erased Good Cop self and helps the heroes escape.
  • Morality Chain: Good Cop may not be as assertive as Bad Cop, but he does rein in Bad Cop's sadism to some extent. Good Cop's presence stops Bad Cop from using the Kragle on his parents, but once Good Cop's gone, Bad Cop does it without question.
  • My Master, Right or Wrong: Bad Cop has this towards Lord Business. This changes when Business leaves him to die, spurring his Mistreatment-Induced Betrayal and restoration of Good Cop.
  • Mythology Gag: His entire concept is based on the double-sided minifigure heads that became popular years ago that allow you to turn the head around during play to switch the character's mood.
  • Necessarily Evil: Bad Cop sees himself as this, saying it's just his job.
  • Nice Guy: As Good Cop, though even then he isn't above lying to Emmet to get rid of him that much more swiftly.
  • Officer O'Hara: He's a police officer played by Irish actor Liam Neeson.
  • Perpetual Frowner: As Bad Cop.
  • Puppy-Dog Eyes: Good Cop, in contrast to Bad Cop's sunglasses.
  • Punch Clock Villain: He only does what he does because it's his job, and is quite caring of his parents. This gives Lord Business to keep him on the job permanently.
  • Rabid Cop: Bad Cop demonstrates these tendencies as he screams at Emmet throughout his interrogation, repeatedly clobbers his robot henchmen with chairs, and relentlessly pursues the Master Builders across the LEGO universe.
  • Real Men Wear Pink: When about to leave with Lord Business, he's seen carrying a pink suitcase with stickers.
  • Running Gag: Bad Cop always throws or kicks around a chair whenever he gets angry. He even brings the chair with him during chases.
  • Scary Shiny Glasses: A permanent feature of Bad Cop.
  • Superpowered Evil Side: Bad Cop is definitely the more competent of the duo, and seems to be the dominant personality.

    Captain Metal Beard 
"Really hard?! Wiping ye bum with a hook for a hand is really hard!"

Voiced by: Nick Offerman

  • Achilles in His Tent: Note that he doesn't even get a new crew between the first raid on Octan Tower and present day. He's been alone this whole time. Even the Pirate Parrot is fake!
  • Arm Cannon: Literal pirate cannons for the record.
  • Badass Beard: Made of metal, no less.
  • Berserk Button: "First law the sea: never place your rear end on a pirate's face."
  • Big Damn Heroes: He returns to hoist the heroes out of the ocean after their submarine explodes.
  • Captain Colorbeard: Only it's metal instead of a color.
  • Changed My Mind, Kid: He's one of the first Master Builders to leave when he sees how unqualified Emmet is as a leader, but comes back to help after the heroes evade Bad Cop's detection in Emmet's double-decker couch, realizing that Emmet's ideas are dumb enough to work.
  • Cool Airship: His boat doubles as an airship.
  • Cow Tools: Whatever that singing head form was intended for...
  • Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass: In spite of his stupid tendencies, he is awesome in combat.
  • Defiant to the End: In the climax, when all seems lost, Metalbeard solemnly declares that it's all over, but does not cease fighting.
  • Determinator: Rebuilt himself from a head and organs.
  • Exactly What It Says on the Tin: Has a beard made of metal.
  • Eyepatch of Power: Having an eyepatch does not make him any less awesome, quite the contrary.
  • Gold Tooth: Like a classic pirate, one of his teeth is this.
  • Hand Wave: How he managed to rebuild himself with only his head and organs (and presumably no surviving crew) is a mystery.
  • Jade-Colored Glasses: He once led the initial charge against Lord Business, but the overwhelming defeat he and his crew suffered not only resulted in Metal Beard losing his body, but also caused him to believe that any further attack on Business's forces, Special or no, would be a lost cause. Emmet's naivete reinforces his cynicism as much as it inspires him.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Metalbeard is a cynic and a bitter man, but most of this is down to the loss of several Master Builders in the past, and he ultimately comes back to help the heroes in spite of Emmet's naivete.
  • Man in the Machine: He's basically a lego pirate Dreadnaught
  • Mr. Exposition: He describes the inner workings of Lord Business's headquarters, including the traps in store for the heroes, based on past experience.
  • My Greatest Failure: The loss of his 'hearty crew'. And anything not his head and internal organs, but that's another matter.
  • Non-Standard Character Design: He is built similarly to a LEGO mech vehicle, despite being the character himself and not a piloted suit.
  • Ninja Pirate Zombie Robot: He's got the pirate and robot nailed down...And is also made of lego.
  • Pirate Parrot: Has a metal one built onto his shoulder.
  • Pirate Pegleg: The weird thing being that they're all Artificial Limbs...
  • Real Men Wear Pink: If his appreciation for classic Judy Garland is any indication.
  • Shapeshifter Baggage: He can somehow convert his entire body into a regular-sized scanner.
  • Sky Pirate: He's normally of the regular pirate variety, but he can turn his boat into a Cool Air Ship
  • Sword and Gun: Both giant, with cannons replacing the gun.
  • Talk Like a Pirate: Stereotypically so. Somehow it's the only way to get Lord Business's voice-activated computer to drop the laser barrier around the Kragle.
  • Transforming Mecha: Disguises himself as a working photocopier, as well as a giant singing head.
  • We Can Rebuild Him: Or rather, he rebuilt himself after escaping the Octan Tower with nothing but his head and internal organs. Somehow.

    Benny 
"SPACESHIP! SPACESHIP! SPACESHIP SPACESHIP SPACESHIP!Spaceship? "
"SPACESHIP!"

Voiced by: Charlie Day

    Princess Uni-Kitty 

    Master Builders 
The Master Builders are the elite team of super builders that keep the world in balance, per the norm.

Much like how the film Wreck-It Ralph brought us the world of video game characters in a Massive Multiplayer Crossover, this film (like Toy Story before it) is the next major "Roger Rabbit with Toys" movie. From LEGO Green Lantern to Superman, Abraham Lincoln to Han Solo and Lando Calrissian, The Lego Movie pulled out all the stops to bring some of their best (and obscure) characters spanning from over 30 years.

  • Advertised Extra: One of the first trailers was even The Long List, which for many of them was half their screentime.
  • A House Divided: The drawback to being able to create for themselves is their inability to work together since they're all only knowledgeable to their own niche LEGO sets. Emmet's Heroic Sacrifice inspires them to band together.
  • Dead Star Walking: Several Master Builders were involved in a raid on Lord Business' base, including The Flash. They all died (or captured and placed in the Think Tank, this is never made clear) except for Metalbeard, who was badly wounded.
  • Screw This, I'm Outta Here!: Their general response to learning Emmet is the least qualified Special they could have possibly hoped for is to run away. Lord Business' arrival only hastens their resolve. Subverted later when the all return after Lucy's speech about Emmet's sacrifice.

Superman

Voiced by: Channing Tatum

Green Lantern

Voiced by: Jonah Hill

  • Adaptational Badass: In the video game based on the movie he gets a chance to actually join in the fighting against the Micromanagers.
  • Adorkable: Is just so happy when he sees Superman. He even has gapped teeth which give him an endearing, childlike smile.
  • Ascended Fanboy: This version of GL is clearly a fan of Superman, so much so that it annoys him to no end.
  • Butt Monkey: Is portrayed as being really annoying, but sympathetic at the same time.
  • Composite Character: Hal Jordan appearance-wise, somewhere between Kyle Rayner and Guy Gardner personality-wise.

Wonder Woman

Voiced by: Cobie Smulders

  • Casting Gag: The fact that Cobie Smulders voices her can be considered a Discontinuity Nod as well, since she was, at one point, picked by Joss Whedon to play the character in his script for the canceled film.
  • Mythology Gag: There is focus on her being handcuffed and taken away by Lord Business's forces. In Golden Age Wonder Woman comics, having her hands tied nullified her powers.
  • To The Bat Noun: "To the invisible jet!" (It gets blown up.)
  • Women Are Wiser: Of the Justice League members who appear in the film, she doesn't have a comedic personality.

Dumbledore and Gandalf

Shaquille O'Neal

Voiced by: Shaquille O'Neal

  • Didn't See That Coming: Has his fellow basketball players build a catapult to which he plans to launch a basketball at Lord Business invading ships...and it fails because the ships were sealed with Kragle.
  • Ink-Suit Actor: Lego in this case.
  • Oh Crap: When the catapult fails and they got a whole fleet of enemy ships now pointed at them.

Robin Hood

Abraham Lincoln

Voiced by: Will Forte

The Flash

  • Red Shirt: He is seen as member of Metal Beard's crew in the flashback about his failed raid on Octan Tower.
  • The Voiceless

The Millennium Falcon Crew

Voiced by: Keith Ferguson (Han Solo), Billy Dee Williams (Lando Calrissian), and Anthony Daniels (C-3PO)

  • Unexpected Character: Their appearance in the film received virtually no publicity, and was kept under wraps by the filmmakers.

     SPOILER CHARACTERS 

Tropes applying to all of the below characters:

  • Order Versus Chaos: Finn represents chaos and the Man Upstairs represents order. Both of them initially have conflicting views, but are eventually able to put their differences aside.
  • Technician Versus Performer: The central conflict, The Man Upstairs seeks to build according to the instructions, where Finn is a performer who wants to build his own things.
  • Walking Spoiler: Again, they're tied so much to the film's plot twist that saying they exist gives away most of the ending.

Finn

Played by: Jadon Sand

The young boy to whose imagination we owe the events of the movie.

  • Bigger Good: His creativity is what allows Emmet to go on his adventures, and is meant to represent the aesop of the film.
  • Creating Life Is Awesome: You might say everything he creates is awesome.
  • Deus ex Machina: Of a sort. His intervention allows Emmet to return to and save the LEGO universe.
  • Flat "What.": His response when his father suggest they let Finn's sister play with the LEGOs as well.
  • Goo Goo Godlike: He is a child, and yet to the LEGO he holds ultimate power over their universe.
  • Mr. Imagination: In contrast to his father.
  • Real Men Wear Pink: He created and play with robots, superheroes, cowboys, and Princess Uni-Kitty.

"The Man Upstairs"

Played by: Will Ferrell

Finn's unnamed father, on whom Lord Business is based.

  • Acting for Two: The "one character reflects the other" version.
  • Adopt the Dog: He decides to let his son and daughter play with his own LEGO collection, realizing that it's more important for them to expand their minds creatively than to have all the LEGO stuck in place.
  • Archnemesis Dad/Flanderization: He's strict and likes his LEGO to be separate and untampered with, which is exaggerated in Lord Business' evilness and his desire to permanently freeze everything in the universe in place.
  • Anti-Villain: He simply wants his toys to be left organized, though he still wants his son to have fun (albeit with a much smaller set of LEGO).
  • Bigger Bad: He's the inspiration for Finn's plot about Lord Business wanting to glue together the universe, but isn't directly involved in it until the climax.
  • Chekhov's Gunman: Vitruvius mentioned him when he and Wyldstyle entered Emmet's mind.
  • Control Freak: He hates that his son messes with his orderly LEGO sets, and decides to use Krazy Glue to glue the pieces together to prevent further tampering.
  • Corrupt Corporate Executive: Invoked in-universe, but downplayed in the real world; while Finn's father definitely has a white collar job, which translated to Lord Business being an evil executive, the real guy isn't seen to be corrupt or even an executive.
  • God Is Evil: The mini-figures call him "The Man Upstairs", with a similar reverence to him as humans would to God. However, he's a much less benevolent "deity" than his son, wanting order to his LEGO sets and stifling creativity. He ceases being "evil" at the end, though, just like villain Lord Business.
  • Heel Realization: He has a change of heart when he realizes that his son based the Jerkass Lord Business on him, which also leads to Business' Heel-Face Turn.
  • Humans Are Cthulhu: His "relics" are described in horrifying terms, as is Emmet's vision of his hand. There's a definite Lovecraftian thing going on with the relationship between him and the LEGO figures.
  • Hypocrisy: The Man Upstairs is practically hypocrisy incarnate.
    • Moral Myopia: He hates it when Finn dismantles his sets, yet when he dismantles his son's creations it's justified because it's orderly.
    • Parental Hypocrisy: Judging from the presence and worn out condition of Benny, the Man Upstairs has been collecting LEGO since he himself was a boy and played with it an awful lot (enough to have dismantled Benny's original spaceship and forgotten how to reassemble it).
    • Selective Obliviousness: He expects his son to respect the instructions, yet when his son tells him that all his LEGO sets are for children under 14, he says that's "just a suggestion".
  • Jerkass: Starts off as this, going as far to ripping his son's creations apart, and gluing certain pieces so that his son would not use them.
  • Light Is Not Good: His entrance into the basement has the sun reflecting around him, making it hard to see him but for a silhouette. Certainly makes sense, seeing as how he's more or less the "God" of the LEGO universe. However, Finn isn't really thrilled when he comes down. Thankfully, he undergoes a Heel-Face Turn (of sorts) at the end.
  • Man Child: He tries to defy this, insisting that keeping his sets orderly is the "adult" way to use them. His son protests, pointing out that they're still toys and the instruction boxes say they're for ages 8-14. Ultimately his attempts to try to seem mature just further display his immaturity until the end when he's able to reconnect to his inner child.
  • Obliviously Evil: He's just having an argument with his son about the proper way of handling their toys. Down there, a universe is being destroyed because of it.
  • Periphery Demographic: In-universe. Although he's a grown adult, his LEGO sets are for ages 5-14.
  • "Stop Having Fun" Guy: He allows his son to be creative with LEGO... just as long as he sticks to the instructions exactly. Until he sees the manner in which his son expresses his dislike for that.
  • Serious Business: Is incredibly strict about wanting his LEGO model kept in perfect order and his son not playing with them, and uses Insistent Terminology to downplay that they're toys.
  • Took a Level in Kindness: Eventually allows Finn (and his sister) to play with his LEGO sets.

Finn's Sister

Finn's younger sister. She acts as a living Sequel Hook.

  • Annoying Younger Sibling: Finn sure doesn't seem happy about hearing she'll be participating.
  • Arc Villain: Considering the Duplo Aliens are from her collection, she'll be such if the hook is utilized in a sequel.
  • Diabolus Ex Nihilo: Played for Laughs, and in the context of the LEGO universe.
  • Goo Goo Godlike: With her father's permission to also play with the LEGO sets and the invasion of the Duplo Aliens (whom she deploys and speaks through), it's very likely she falls under this trope.
  • Sequel Hook: Finn's dad decides that not only is his son allowed to play with his sets now, but his daughter is too. Cue a sparkly spaceship (shaped like a LEGO flower piece) arriving over Brickburg, deploying hostile aliens made of Duplo blocks.
  • The Voice: We don't see her, but we hear her voice speaking as the voice of the aliens.

Duplo Aliens

Beamed down from a disco ball of sorts, the Duplo aliens are the creations of Finn's sister, and they don't come in peace.


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