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Shout Out: The LEGO Movie
  • "Come with me if you wanna not die." Additionally, Lord Business's Skeletrons resemble Terminators.
  • Wyldstyle's introduction, feats of skill, and role in rescuing the prophesied hero is comparable to that of Trinity of The Matrix. The Think Tank is similar in concept to the cells where the Machines put the humans to use them as living batteries. There's also Emmet finally grasping the rules of his universe in the climax.
    "I can see everything!"
  • One of the locations is called "Cloudcuckooland", a Shout-Out to Aristophanes. Cloudcuckooland's style is a shout-out to Twice Upon a Time.
  • The location for the Lego Castle theme in this world is referred to as "Middle Zealand".
  • BIONICLE, LEGO Speed Racer, Fabuland and LEGO Friends get a reference in a blink-and-you'll-miss-it montage explained by Wyldstyle. Some see it as a Take That against these lines because Wyldstyle doesn't deem them worth mentioning by name.
  • One of Octan co. security measures is laser sharks with Frickin' Laser Beams strapped onto their heads.
  • Batman fighting a two-faced character played by Liam Neeson, works with Morgan Freeman and telling Lucy that Emmet was the hero she deserved in the finale. And Batman was fighting a Dirty Cop, which were his enemies during his early years.
  • At Cloud Cuckooland, Batman is annoyed by a clown and a man in a dino suit. So the Joker and Killer Croc, essentially.
  • During the attack on Cloud Cuckooland, a unicorn runs by on fire. The same thing is witnessed during the climax of Avatar.
    • The destruction of Cloudcuckooland is also similar to the terrorist attack on the good side of Imaginationland from South Park's Imaginationland trilogy.
  • Emmet's fall down the black hole marking the edge of the universe resembles the Stargate sequence from 2001: A Space Odyssey. Additionally, Lord Business refers to his flying headquarters as a "black monolith".
  • An extremely subtle reference is slipped in during the climax, shouting out to BrickFilm community. One of the first major BrickFilms (stop-motion movies made out of Lego, no doubt a big inspiration for the film) was ''The Magic Portal'', made sometime in the late 80s. Now, look at the tube that Finn uses to send Emmet back into the Lego world at the end: what's it called? The Magic Portal.
  • Batman crashing the Batwing through the "sun" and producing a Bat-symbol is likely a Shout-Out to the 1989 Batman film, wherein the plane did the same thing to the Moon. The symbol itself is the one used in The Dark Knight Saga.
  • Johnny Thunder's cameo role includes two jokes referencing his Indiana Jones Expy status: An Indy Hat Roll through the portal when Wyldstyle explains how the Master Builders escaped Lord Business's forces and running from a golf ball during the assault on Cloud Cuckooland.
  • One of the title cards inexplicably plays a snippet of the Double Dare theme.
  • Three shout outs to Liam Neeson's famous line in the Clash of the Titans remake.
    • When chasing Wyldstyle and Emmet in the city, Bad Cop says on his radio: "Release the Copper-Chopper!"
    • Lord Business later declares: "Release the Kragle!"
    • When Metalbeard states the rules of piracy, one of the rules that can be seen is: "Never release a Kraken."
  • The "KrazyGlue" is a nod to the reveal of Voyager 6 in Star Trek: The Motion Picture.
  • A dolphin chirp is thrown in when Emmet is being booed by the Master Builders (specifically, from a shark that someone threw at him). Dolphins were a Running Gag in Clone High.
    • The Cleopatra mini-fig waves pom poms when the NBA all-stars are fighting Bad Cop and the micromanagers. Cleo in Clone High was a cheerleader.
    • The DVD-exclusive short Michelangelo and Lincoln: History Cops has definite shades of Black and Tan from the episode "Film Fest: Tears of a Clone".
  • The term "Master Builder" is a title given to employees of LEGO whose job entails helping to design new sets and also building large, complex statues out of LEGO bricks, the kind that are commonly displayed at LEGO theme parks and retail stores.
  • The 'melting chamber' device is basically the device Darth Vader used to torture Han Solo in Cloud City.
  • The favorite TV show of everyone in Bricksburg, Where are my Pants?, is a not-so-subtle reference to "I'd Buy That for a Dollar!" or "Ow My Balls!".
  • The vision Emmet receives when he touches the Piece could just as well have been delivered by a Prothean beacon.
  • In Emmet's brain, they have a vision of Finn that looks an awful lot like Crazy Hand. The premises between the two franchises are similar as well.
  • When the team infiltrates Lord Business' Tower, Wildstyle tells Emmet that they're in the clear by giving him The Signal
  • In the Old West, Emmet and co. try to escape Bad Cop with a horse-drawn DeLorean.
  • Metalbeard himself, being a Humongous Mecha that looks like a similar named bipedal robot from another series.
  • Morgan Freeman talking about The Man upstairs
  • The voice-activated computer in Lord Business's lair acts like a poorly-functioning version of Siri.
  • Vitruvius was the original architect, writing ten books on the subject that laid the foundation for building as we know it, before being voiced by Morgan Freeman.
  • Emmet starts his day with exercise and a round of TV, as mandated by the government. Also counts as a non-naughty Parental Bonus.
  • The DVD Commentary reveals that President Business' expressions during his Heel-Face Turn were partially inspired by those of the Grinch.
  • This is not the first time a character portrayed by Liam Neeson was told "Nothing personal, just business".

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