Characters: The LEGO Movie
The cast of The LEGO Movie
Spoiler alert. It is recommended that you see the film before reading this page.
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"You are the Special. The most important, most talented, most interesting, and most extraordinary person in the universe."
- 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.
- Adaptational Badass: For gameplay reasons, he (and his various alternate forms) can kick ass much sooner in the game than in the film.
- Adorkable: Loves rainbows and awesome things, but is clumsy and not very bright.
- All-Loving Hero: In his own words, everything is awesome.
- Author Avatar: An In-Universe example, as the creative force hindered by a lawful higher power representing Finn.
- Badass: He's supposed to be, but it's subverted due to him being a general Non-Action Guy. Played straight after returning from the Real World however.
- 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 naïve, 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 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.
- The Generic Guy: Deconstructed, seeing as though nobody thinks much of him at first. Reconstructed when all the Master Builders lament that there aren't more people like Emmet, but then Lucy realizes there are.
- 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.
- Lightning Bruiser: When he becomes a Master Builder, this is his niche. His mech is just as awesome & powerful as the other Master Builders' creations, but it adheres enough to proper building code to be as durable as the Kragglized vehicles. And of course, like all other Master Builders, he can go to town on the robot mooks.
- 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.
- Messianic Archetype: Outside of the whole "The Special" thing, in the end, he's an average commoner with a group of followers who sacrifices himself to save everyone. He then Came Back Strong soon after his sacrifice.
- 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.
- Mook Promotion: A rare heroic version; formerly just a generic, faceless cog in Business's empire, soon found to the the most special person on the planet. The Man Upstairs even chastises his son for taking a generic worker minifig and trying to make it the hero.
- 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.
- Second Love: He is this for Lucy, with Batman being the first.
- 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.
- So Bad, It's Good: According to Metalbeard, Emmett is a master at this.
Metalbeard: This here bedoubled land-couch. I watched as Lord Business' forces completely overlooked it. Which is why we need more ideas like it...
Emmett: Oh, thank you -
Metalbeard: Ideas so horrible and bad, that no one could possibly think they could be useful!
- 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.
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 HumongousMecha out of ordinary construction equipment and kick ass with skill equal to Wyldstyle and Vitruvius. And if you look closely at his construct, he's built what is essentially a mix of a Master Builder's innovation and the solid know-how of a construction worker who's familiarized himself with how following instructions make for sturdier projects. The result: a mecha that is both awesome and practical.
- Touched by Vorlons: or Touched By God more like...
- Yes-Man: His co-workers describe him as this as he always agrees with everything everyone has to say, emphasizing his utterly unremarkable nature.
- 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.
- Deadpan Snarker: Maybe not quite on Vitruvious's levels, but she definitely has her moments, especially toward Emmett in the beginning.
- 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.
- Given Name Reveal: Her real name is Lucy. She reveals this to Emmett during their attempt to disarm the Kragle.
- 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.
- The Lancer: She's Emmet's closest ally and wanted to be the special in his place. She's also the one who briefly takes over as The Hero after he "dies".
- 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.
- Phrase Catcher: Everytime she introduces herself someone asks "Are you a DJ?"
- 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.
- Unresolved Sexual Tension: She's gradually getting attracted to Emmet over the course of the film, but her relationship with Batman keeps her from acting over it. Batman eventually lets her.
- 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.
- Woman in Black: She's clad in a heavily black outfit.
- Wrench Wench: As a Master Builder she can instinctively identify the pieces she needs to construct anything she wants from the environment around her.
"Let's all remember to follow the instructions oryou'llbeputtosleep
and don't forget about Taconote
Tuesday this week!"
- 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: He takes down an entire army of robots with only an improvised walker.
- 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. He did have one, but Lord Business destroys it at the very beginning.
- Man in White: Wears a large white robe and has white hair and a beard. And when he dies, he's covered with a white ghost sheet.
- 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.
- Mystical White Hair: The white hair is probably because of his age, but he's a very powerful wizard/master builder.
- 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 is able to take out a hundred robotic Mooks at once using more or less a walker like they were nothing.
- 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.
- Tranquil Fury: "I prefer 'experienced'."
- 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.
"I only work in black. And sometimes, very, very, dark grey."
Good Cop/Bad Cop
Top: Good Cop. Bottom: Bad Cop
"TAKE HIM TO THE MELTING CHAMBER!"
"Hi, buddy! I'm your friendly neighborhood police officer! You want a glass of water?"
- 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.
- The 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.
- Gosh Darn It to Heck!: As badass as Bad Cop is, he is comedically limited in his swears after Emmett escapes him, only managing to say "Darn darn darn darny DARN!".
- 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. At one point he's even singing Danny Boy quietly to himself.
- 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 the idea to erase his good half 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 so he can kick it when he gets mad.
- Scary Shiny Glasses: A permanent feature of Bad Cop.
- Sixth Ranger: His Mistreatment-Induced Betrayal happened just before the climatic battle.
- Superpowered Evil Side: Bad Cop is definitely the more competent of the duo, and seems to be the dominant personality.
- Transforming Vehicle: His cruiser transforms into an aircraft after he falls off into a canyon while chasing Emmet and the others.
Captain Metal Beard
"Really hard?! Wiping ye bum with a hook for a hand is really hard!
- 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.
- Artificial Limbs: The only normal part left of him is his head.
- 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.
- The Big Guy: Literaly and figuratively.
- 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. One a young kid like Finn would probably not think about while he's in the middle of something.
- Handicapped Badass: His entire body sans head is entirely Artificial Limbs.
- 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 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.
"SPACESHIP! SPACESHIP! SPACESHIP SPACESHIP SPACESHIP!Spaceship? "
- The All Solving Hammer: His answer to every problem is build a spaceship.
- Beware the Silly Ones: He's a goofball for most of the movie, but when he's put in the cockpit of a spaceship, he becomes a trigger-happy maniac.
- Cloudcuckoolander: Due to the crack in his helmet (see Mythology Gag), he's had a lack of oxygen while in space, making him... just a bit spacey.
- Establishing Character Moment: "I can build a spaceship! Watch!" (starts building at a much faster speed than the Master Builders we've seen)
- Fascinating Eyebrow: Does this on seeing the double-decker couch.
- Fish out of Temporal Water: He's mentally stuck in the 80's.
- Genius Ditz: An incredibly fast and talented Master Builder...of old 80's-style spaceships, and only that specific variety of vessel. Let him loose and he'll have a multi-passenger combat-ready spaceship put together in literally seven seconds. Otherwise, he's a space cadet who can't even operate a voice-activated computer system in spite of his best efforts.
- Jet Pack: He has one, which he uses to float around, mostly.
- Keet: He gets... rather excitable whenever he gets to work with 1980-something technology. Particularly when it comes to building spaceships.
- Large Ham: It is painfully, painfully clear that Charlie Day had an absolute blast playing Benny. And we love him for it.
- Mythology Gag: His very existence is one: He's one of the old LEGO Space Minifigures with a crack in his helmet's chin as commonly happened to that model of helmet.
- Nonstandard Character Design: Like Emmet, his Black Bead Eyes don't shine as a nod to old LEGO minifigs, which had eyes like this.
- Percussive Maintenance: Inverted. After going through all the effort to build his spaceships, only for the idea to be shot down, he can instantly disassemble the entire thing just by tapping it with his foot.
- Playful Hacker: He's a wiz at computers, at least from the 1980s. Any newer technology is a bit beyond him.
- Running Gag: All of his attempts to build a spaceship get shot down until near the end of the film, and he's surprised that nobody speaks up to veto his spaceship plan then.
- Survival Mantra/ Madness Mantra: "SPACESHIP!" Said insanely and energetically as he flies it throughout the LEGO worlds.
- Walking Techbane: He can't work computers very well unless they're from the 80s.
"Any idea is a good idea, except the not-happy ones."
- Animesque: Her eyes and design are this.
- Authority in Name Only: Does not appear to have any power over her "subjects" in Cloud Cuckooland, and she even openly admits that there is no actual government. This doesn't really bother her though.
- Badass Adorable: She's a cuddly, pink unicorn-feline hybrid that can fly through the air and eat robots when she's angry.
- Beware the Nice Ones: She's cheerful and hospitable to everyone she meets, but when she snaps, she takes no survivors
- Breakout Character: A majority of the fans really love this cute kitten princess. She's even in a majority of the Lego sets AND she's up close on the DVD cover.
- Break the Cutie: After Lord Business attacks Cloudcuckooland.
- Burning with Anger: "Angry Kitty" has flame motifs on her legs and tail.
- Cloudcuckoolander: In a really punny way; being from Cloud Cuckooland she technically is one, even having her head (and the majority of her body) in one for a while. However, she's quite coherent and aware of her surroundings, which makes it absolutely heartbreaking to see her sad when her home is destroyed.
- Color Coded Emotions: She turns red as "Angry Kitty" and green as "Queasy Kitty".
- Cry Cute: Which makes her even cuter.
- The Cutie: Who doesn't find Uni-Kitty adorable?
- Establishing Character Moment: Barely a minute into her first appearance, we get her Nightmare Face.
- Everything's Better with Princesses: Given her design, it's not surprising.
- Girls Need Role Models: As one fan pointed out.
For one, Uni-Kitty has no romantic relationship with any male character at all, a serious plus for a female character in a kids movie. She loses everything, but manages to stay grounded and positive. [...] She is decidedly ultra-feminine, but she is a valued and strong part of the team.
- Hidden Depths: Unikitty appears to be a happy-go-lucky cutie, but it's made clear early on that she has some anger issues to resolve. She finally drops it in the finale and goes berserk on Lord Business' Micromanagers.
- The High Princess: Word of God says she rules Cloud Cuckooland with an iron marshmallow.
- Hulking Out: The anger she tries to repress throughout the movie bursts forth after she decides "ah screw it" during the climax... and many Micro-Managers were deconstructed afterwards.
- Is This What Anger Feels Like?: Anger is a very foreign concept to the people of Cloud Cuckoo Land, so much so that she can only describe it as "the opposite of happiness".
- Mega Neko: Due to being a Mix-and-Match Critter, she is mostly a cat but has the size (and horn) of a unicorn.
- Mix-and-Match Critter: Part Cute Kitten, part Unicorn, part LEGO pieces obviously not intended for creating animals.
- Nightmare Face: Whenever her anger gets the better of her.
- Non-Standard Character Design: She's the only main character who isn't a LEGO minifig, instead being a cat/unicorn made entirely of bricks, with her face being a decal on the brick, and unlike all the other characters her parts change dramatically as she prances around, or sits, or goes berserk.
- Paper-Thin Disguise: The Master Builders draw glasses, a tie, and various financial symbols on her so she can blend in in the Octan Tower board room. She still acts just as energetic and excitable, merely peppering her speech with words like "business" and "numbers", yet the robot board members seem completely taken in by the ruse.
- The Pollyanna: She tries to be this after Cloud Cuckoo Land is destroyed, constantly needing to remind herself to "stay positive". It doesn't last.
- Princesses Prefer Pink: She's a princess, and her natural fur color is pink.
- Princesses Rule: Not actually a ruler, as she states "[There is] no government", but can be seen as the host of Cloud Cuckoo Land.
- Red Eyes, Take Warning: Her eyes (and her whole body) turn red when she goes into "Angry Kitty" mode.
- Real Men Wear Pink: Cloud Cuckoo Land is implied to be Finn's little corner of the basement where he can make whatever he wants. And he made the ruler of his land a super-cute pink kitty/unicorn thing.
- Rage Breaking Point: She does herself to push down any semblance of anger she has throughout the movie, but when Emmet is attacked by the Micromanagers, she finally decides to drop the "positive" act and goes on a rampage.
- Ridiculously Cute Critter: She's a pink fluffy unicorn kitty. Even the books acknowledge how adorable she is.
- Royals Who Actually Do Something: Not only is she one of the Master Builders, but she's also a master of disguise. Yeah, it's a Paper-Thin Disguise and it relies on The Guards Must Be Crazy, but it's too damn funny so you don't care.
Batman: I left the weird cat-thing to distract the robots.
*cut to the main meeting room*
Uni-Kitty: *attempting to distract the Business-Bots* Business, business, business, numbers, numbers, numbers! Is this working?
- Self-Demonstrating Article: Here.
- Shipper on Deck: You can hear her giggle just as Emmet and Wyldstyle are about to hold hands.
- Stepford Smiler: Type C: She clearly has anger issues, which she tries to repress every time they surface. It blends with Type A after witnessing the destruction of her home.
- Super Mode: It's probably just Unstoppable Rage, but after she snaps she Turns Red and destroyed a large number of micro-managers.
- Super Strength: She is able to flip over a half-finished submarine with ease.
- Think Happy Thoughts: She constantly thinks of cute, happy things to stay positive. Eventually she just can't contain her rage.
- Trying Not to Cry: She keeps telling herself to stay happy as she sees the remains of her home sink into the ocean.
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
, 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
Voiced by: Will Forte
- Red Shirt: He is seen as member of Metal Beard's crew in the flashback about his failed raid on Octan Tower. Also literal, given the color of Flash's outfit.
- The Voiceless
The Millennium Falcon Crew
Voiced by: Keith Ferguson (Han Solo), Billy Dee Williams (Lando Calrissian), and Anthony Daniels (C-3PO)
- Ink-Suit Actor: With the exception of Han Solo, all the Star Wars characters are voiced by their original voice actors. Chewbacca even uses his iconic vocalization sound effects!
- Unexpected Character: Their appearance in the film received virtually no publicity, and was kept under wraps by the filmmakers.
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.
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.
- Dub Name Change: "Emmet" in the Japanese dub, causing all kinds of confusion.
- Flat "What.": His response when his father suggests they let Finn's sister play with the LEGOs as well. Considering that Duplo blocks (larger, blockier, er, blocks made by LEGO for very young children) invade Bricksburg and state their intention to destroy, this is seen as a very bad thing (at least from Finn's point of view).
- God: one of two from the Lego peoples' point of view
- God Is Good: He's the nice, creative god contrasting the Lawful Jerkass god that his dad is.
- 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 plays with robots, superheroes, cowboys, and Princess Uni-Kitty.
"The Man Upstairs"
Finn's unnamed father, on whom Lord Business is based.
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.
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.