TV Tropes Warning: As a Divergence Fic for The LEGO Movie, this entry naturally contains spoilers for said movie. So please, if you haven't seen this film yet, go see it first. You Have Been Warned.Emmet was just an ordinary construction worker. A Nice Guy dutifully following all the instructions, day after day. Someone who never dreamed of disobeying all the rules President Business set up, let alone that one impulsive decision — giving in to temptation and curiousity — would see him labeled The Special and send him on an epic, life-changing journey....So what if he'd kept following the instructions?What if Bad Cop/Good Cop, President Business' most loyal officer, was the one who found the Piece of Resistance... and made one tiny mistake while securing it?Mattecat's A Piece of Rebellion explores this scenario, as the two-faced cop finds himself dragged into a wild adventure very much against his will. With Lord Business convinced he's changed sides, 'saved' by one of his mortal enemies — who's none too thrilled to see him either — can he spin this very Special misunderstanding to his advantage?
Also averted with how Wyldstyle struggles to forgive Vitruvius for lying to her. The fact that he keeps puttering around pretending to be dead sure doesn't help.
Good Cop/Bad Cop also reacts poorly upon learning that Vitruvius is their father.
The Empath: Metalbeard describes Unikitty as being the most empathic and insightful person he knows; thus, he trusts their judgement about GCBC.
Eureka Moment: While arguing among themselves, Good Cop says they'd have a better time if Bad Cop was a little nicer. This inspires Bad Cop's plan to pretend Good Cop is a beleagured good side.
Even Mooks Have Loved Ones: GCBC obviously love Ma and Pa, and Lord Business promised them that they'd be spared on Taco Tuesday and they could retire afterwards and live happily with their folks. While Good Cop has come to doubt this promise, Bad Cop remains convinced he'll keep it, although his subconscious reveals he's worried about that, too.
Friendly Address Privileges: Benny doesn't seem to mind Wyldstyle not knowing his name, and is in the middle of telling her she can call him Benny before overhearing what she's dragging him into.
From a Certain Point of View: When he gets to play Mr. Exposition for Emmet, President Business claims that he had the worlds seperated in order to protect everyone from the Master Builders, and created instructions so that everybody'd know what to do.
I Control My Minions Through...: Fear, Authority and Indoctrination are Lord Business' favorite methods. He's self-aware enough to recognize that while Emmet falls under the latter two, applying the first will probably break him.
Lord Business still orders GCBC to Kragle his parents... However, the Cops aren't where he left them.
Lord Business still gets to erase one of his lieutenants' faces off. This time, however, it's Bad Cop that gets it... willingly sacrificing himself, in fact!
The Super Secret Police still find Cloud Cuckooland and destroy it. Once again, Emmet is responsible for the event; his Rousing Speeches convince citizens to report it to the authorities.
Tragically, in Chapter 12, Vitruvius still dies, passing away before he can finish confessing the truth about the prophecy.
Emmet still gets to save the Master Builders from the Think Tank. Because Lord Business gave him full access to everything in the Octan tower, Emmet simply needs to input an access code and voice authorization to deactivate it, instead of having to force himself off the tower to disconnect the power source.
In the final confrontation, Business is still talked down and recants, although he still gets punished.
It's All My Fault: Since Good Cop was the one who mistakenly touched the Piece of Resistance, he keeps blaming himself for everything spinning out from that. Bad Cop keeps reassuring him that it's not.
Literal Split Personality: Good Cop and Bad Cop have distinct faces, and can swap control. The one who's not facing out can mentally communicate with the other, but can't see or feel anything. They can still hear, though, and the one in control often speaks aloud to fill them in.
Living Lie Detector: Bad Cop briefly wonders whether Unikitty is one of these after hearing how much the others trust their judgement.
Luke, I Am Your Father: During the Epilogue, it's revealed that Vitruvius is GCBC's father, and their mothers have the same two faces-one body condition. The news is not taken well.
Madness Mantra: Delivered by a Micromanager: "Wrong. Wrong wrong wrong wrong—"
Mistreatment-Induced Betrayal: Played With. While he's the one in control when they first find the Piece, Bad Cop cedes control to Good Cop and tells him he should be the one who brings it in, because their boss treats Good Cop worse and this could help him get back into his good graces. Good Cop then accidentally kicks off the whole plot. So if Lord Business had been a little nicer, he would've won then and there.
Mood Whiplash: While Chapter 6 is largely comedic, the Dramatic Irony is laid on thick in several places, such as the matter of which of the Master Builders trusts Good Cop the most/least and Bad Cop's blind loyalty/complete denial of all the evidence that Business has betrayed them. Good Cop seems to be on the verge of a guilt-induced breakdown, and while Emmet's scenario is sweet, Dramatic Irony lends a bitter aftertaste.
Mook Horror Show: Invoked through the eyes of Guardbot 189-2001, who's unnerved by witnessing the heroic rampage of Wyldstyle and her crew, even though they aren't targeting him.
Muse Abuse: Discussed in Chapter 15 when Good Cop meets The Author, who apologizes for using their story as a method for grappling with their own depression.
Hooray, Wyldstyle saved Good Cop/Bad Cop after he got caught again! ...Too bad that makes President Business decide to play one of his trump cards. Mainly, calling in Ma and Pa Cop...
Zig-Zagged in Chapter 9 with how Benny accidentally calls Emmet. On one hand, this makes things much more complicated for the resistance, since Emmet calls his boss about it and alerts him that something's going on. On the other hand, it has the side-effect of making Emmet start thinking of the Master Builders less as big, bad bogeymen and more like people. Buuuuut then he decides to go try and talk to Ma and Pa Cop about this, which could be a problem, given that Vitruvius is heading that way...
Not So Different: Metalbeard uses his brick-built body to intimidate and toss around Good Cop, causing him to have a PSTD-fueled Flashback to his Bad Boss using the Serious Business suit for the same reason. Notably, when Good Cop automatically responds the same way he did to Business' abuse, Metalbeard is visibly taken aback and stops.
Oblivious Guilt Slinging: When Good Cop tries to comfort Unikitty after Cloud Cuckoo Land is attacked, their attempt at comforting him in return only makes him feel worse about their plan to betray the Master Builders.
Poor Communication Kills: Wyldstyle isn't too happy when she learns that both Vitruvius and Benny knew that the Master Builders were being targeted by propaganda and hadn't brought it up before.
Wyldstyle: Why does nobody think it's important to tell people things?
Propaganda Machine: Since Emmet's such a nice, ordinary guy who always follows the instructions, President Business sets him up with one of these to warn all the worlds about the threat the Master Builders pose.
Quit Your Whining: Downplayed; Wyldstyle's a bit annoyed with how Benny's unhappiness over Batman stealing his spaceship effects how quickly he's able to build another one.
Retirony: Chapter 4 reveals that Bad Cop sincerely believes that they'll be allowed to retire after Taco Tuesday and live happily back home with their parents. Good Cop isn't so certain.
Retroactive Wish: After Batman's observation about how a safe haven isn't going to appear out of nowhere is interrupted by the Sea Cow showing up, he follows it up with this:
Batman: It's not like a whole ton of money that I can do whatever I want with is going to fall out of nowhere, right into my arms! Right? Right?
Rousing Speech: Emmet delivers these as part of President Business' propaganda:
Emmet: The Master Builders think they're more important than ordinary people, but they're not. You, me, all of us — we're important, too! So, just remember that, and, uh, remember to follow the instructions. If you do, then not even Master Builders will be able to stop us. Thank you.
Later on, he delivers an unscripted one to help rally all the citizens against Lord Business.
Talking to Themself: Whoever's in control of BCGC's body usually addresses the other out loud. Since nobody else can hear the other's thoughts, it earns them some strange looks.
Tempting Fate: Bad Cop makes the mistake of saying "At least things can't get any worse." Immediately afterwards, the spaceship shows up.
Good Cop:Oh no, what's going wrong now? Bad Cop: Everything. The entire world has decided that all it wants to do is make this the worst day of our lives. And it is darned working!
That Man Is Dead: In a variation, Wyldstyle tries to provoke Good Cop into declaring this after Bad Cop gets erased... about himself. Her response when asked if this will really help implies that this is why she keeps renaming herself.
Time Skip: The final chapters take place three months after the conclusion of the movie's main plot, illustrating what happens to the characters as life moves on.
Bad Cop honestly believes that President Business meant it when he promised to never hurt his family.
Deconstructed later, as it becomes clearer that Bad Cop needs to believe that their Bad Boss will keep this promise in order to keep going. Good Cop, on the other hand, finds it harder to cling to that blind belief in their boss — and finds it harder to trust in general. So much so that when Vitruvius promises to save his parents no matter what, he can't bring himself to believe it.
Wyldstyle wonders about this after learning the prophecy was all made up.
Good Cop has to confirm with The Author that the Piece can still stop the Kragle, since it feels like everything else was one big lie.
We ARE Struggling Together: Sometimes it seems like the only thing the Master Builders can all agree on is that they need to stop Lord Business. And even THAT isn't enough to convince them to help save The Special.
Wham Episode: Chapter 15, which reveals that Finn and The Man Upstairs don't exist in this universe. Instead, Good Cop meets an avatar of The Author, who admits writing the whole story and creating their universe as a coping mechanism for their depression.