Toys: LEGO Minifigures

A LEGO theme that focuses entirely on minifigures. Each wave, or "Series," contains 16 different minifigures individually-packed in sealed opaque bags.

Not to be confused with the actual minifigures themselves that LEGO has used since 1978 - obviously minifigures are what the LEGO Minifigures line is about, but the line doesn't cover every minifigure ever made, just the 100+ collectible minifigures the line contains. Adult fans of LEGO tend to refer to the theme, and accordingly the minifigures therein, as "Collectible Minifigures" to distinguish them from normal minifigures, even though LEGO never refers to them as such.

See also LEGO Minifigures Online for the Massively Multiplayer Online Role-Playing Game based upon this theme.

Provides examples of:

  • All There in the Manual The website is the sole source of background information about each minifigure; none of the packaging even hints about characterisation, which is probably for the best given the creative nature of LEGO.
  • A Load of Bull: Series 6 features a minotaur.
  • Ascended Meme: As a nod to the "step on a LEGO" Internet meme (in which stepping on LEGO bricks is stated to be the worst pain/punishment imaginable) , the Goblin moves LEGO pieces for unfortunate humans to step on when they least expect it.
  • Awesome but Impractical: The evil minfigures still recruit the Evil Robot because he looks cool, even though he's completely useless, and more of a liability.
  • Ax-Crazy: Wiley Fusebot
  • Bacon Addiction: The only thing that makes the Piggy Guy consider dropping his porcine lifestyle and return to being a farmer.
  • Bald of Evil: The Evil Wizard.
  • Bare Your Midriff: The Hula Dancer from Series 3, Cave Woman from Series 5, Mermaid from Series 9, Medusa from Series 10, the Genie Girl from Series 12, and the Lady Cyclops from Series 13.
  • British Royal Guards: The Royal Guards description fills the trope to a degree, except... he tells you he's not allowed to speak.
  • Call Back: To loads of other LEGO Themes:
    • The Space Villain from Series 3 has the logo from the second iteration of Blacktron, LEGO's oldest villainous Space faction. His online bio contains plenty of name-drops to the other Space factions.
      • The later Evil Mech also bears the original Blacktron logo, and its description alludes to the "Future Generation" subtitle of Blacktron's second iteration.
    • Similarly, the Series 1 Spaceman and Series 6 Intergalactic Girl's outfits bear the emblem of Classic LEGO Space. Intergalactic Girl's bio also name-drops Blacktron.
    • The Elf's online bio describes him as "Hailing from deep within the mystical forests of the Elflands, to the north of the Great Western Kingdom..." This is a reference to locations on a map in LEGO Club Magazine, on which the domains of the human, troll, dwarf, and skeleton factions of the 2007-2009 LEGO Castle theme were marked along with a mysterious elf faction. Fans of the theme were very disappointed when no elf faction ever emerged.
      • The Evil Dwarf's bio also mentions the Dwarven Kingdom, which was featured on the same map.
    • The Series 3 Race Car Driver's jacket includes sponsors such as Octan and Stafford Motors. The former is LEGO City's primary oil and energy company, and the second appeared in the 2008-2009 LEGO Agents theme as a reference to one of the designers, Mark Stafford. Octan is also a sponsor on the jersey of the Series 4 Soccer/Football Player.
    • The online bio for the Series 2 Disco Dude says he "has traveled back in time to relive the days of disco dancing, bell-bottom pants, and the very first LEGO Space sets".
    • The Series 2 Traffic Cop has the LEGO City police badge on his uniform, as well as printed on his traffic ticket.
    • Considering the Robin Hood-esque theme as part of the Castle series was called Forestmen, it doesn't seem to be a coincidence that they originally went with "Forestman" over, say, "Archer" or "Forester" or "Robin Hood" for one of the figures.
    • From the Zookeeper's bio:
      "Of course, there are the usual camels and bats and colorful jungle frogs, but nobody ever warned her about dragons and rock monsters, not to mention what that one team of adventurers brought back from their expedition to Dino Island!"
    • The last paragraph of the Detective's bio is full of references to earlier themes and games:
      "You may have heard of some of the Detective’s most famous cases. He's the one who single-handedly solved the Brickster's Baffling Brick-Napping, the Sam Sinister Switcheroo, and the Mystery of Timmy's Nose. Why, he even tracked down a missing pet from the Racing Drome... and robot monkeys don't leave footprints!"
    • Scientist's bio says "Her studies of a certain outer dimension have even perfected a method for swapping body parts at will!"
    • The Pirate Captain cannot come up with a good pirate name since all the good ones, such as Ironhook and Brickbeard, have already been taken.
    • The Grandma once went digging for treasure with Johnny Thunder.
    • The Evil Knight has served under Basil the Bat Lord, Cedric the Bull, and Lord Vladek.
    • Galaxy Patrol cadets need to be able to resist the mind-control powers of Pluuvian Brain Beasts.
      • While not explicitly stated in her bio, it is also very obvious that the Alien Empress is a ruler of the alien race featured in that line.
    • The Sleepyhead dreams about colorful knights with swords that shoot lightning and time machines powered by historical hats.
    • The movie tie-in series is naturally loaded with them. Likewise for The Simpsons themed tie-in as well.
    • The Dino Tracker is based off of LEGO Dino.
    • The Space Miner's shoulder pads bear a variation of the Classic LEGO Space logo, with a drill instead of a rocket. His description states that he mined for Brickonium on Planet U and discovered the source of LEGO Arctic's meteorites during a mission to Krysto-2002.
    • The Pizza Delivery Man's description is one big tribute to LEGO Island, starting off by revealing that he is the newest employee at Papa Brickolini's Pizzeria and going on to reference the game's vehicles system and climatic chase against the Brickster.
    • The Galaxy Trooper looks very bulky and unique among the various Space characters, but his armor bears the winged-rocket emblem of the Galaxy Squad.
    • The Sheriff has a wanted poster of the Series 6 Bandit.
    • Series 14 features a werewolf version of Series 5's Lumberjack, and a zombie version of the Series 8 Pirate Captain.
  • Carpet of Virility: Series 12's Rock Star.
  • Cassandra Truth: Poor Fisherman, every story he tells is the absolute truth. Nobody ever believes him.
  • Cat Girl: Series 14 has a woman in a tiger costume, including ears and a tail.
  • Cats Are Magic: The Series 14 witch has a rather gloomy black cat.
  • The Cheerleader: This is averted, the Series 1 and Series 8 Cheerleaders are nice, but the Red Cheerleader is very competitive at performing the best cheers. We have yet to know what the Zombie Cheerleader's like...
  • Cloudcuckoolander: Seemingly everyone.
  • Companion Cube: The Zombie's turkey leg.
  • Composite Character: Mr. Good and Evil is Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde if they were both present at once in a Two-Face split-body style.
  • Compressed Hair: The Series 6 Intergalactic Girl has an almost absurdly long, billowy blonde mane... and a space helmet.
    • This is averted by the Battle Goddess. She wears a helmet, but her hair falls around her shoulders and down her back.
  • Conspiracy Theorist: The Series 6 alien has been out of touch with his kind for a while, so most of what he thinks comes from tabloids.
  • Contagious Laughter: The Jester's inherent joy makes everyone around him join in.
  • Creepy Child: The Spooky Girl from Series 12.
  • Cthulhumanoid: The Alien Trooper in Series 13 has several tentacle-like mouthparts.
  • Cyclops: The Cyclops in Series 9 and the Lady Cyclops in Series 13.
  • Deliberately Monochrome: The Mime and Sad Clown due to their costume, and the Spooky Girl as a reference to the scary black-and-white movies she loves.
  • Disco: The Series 2 Disco Dude and the Series 13 Disco Diva.
  • Disco Dan: The Disco Dude behaves as if the '70s never left. However, the Disco Diva moved on, but she finds disco spots and optimistically awaits its comeback.
  • Dreamworks Face / Fascinating Eyebrow: It's been incredibly common in minifigures in general since 2008, so much as you'd expect, almost every one of these minifigures does it. The few that don't are robots, aliens or have an obscuring beard.
  • Eerie Pale-Skinned Brunette: Once again, the Spooky Girl.
  • Elvis Has Left the Planet: Up on his species' mothership, or, at least, that's what the Classic Alien believes.
  • Everything's Deader with Zombies: In Series 1. The monster series naturally uses this, with a zombie businessman, cheerleader, and a zombified Series 8 Pirate Captain.
  • Expy: used very often:
  • Everyone Calls Him Barkeep: For the most part, minifigures are referred to only by their occupations (Cheerleader, Circus Clown, Cowboy, etc.). However, there are some exceptions.note 
  • Fembot: The Lady Robot. She's named the Fembot in the LEGO Movie: The Videogame.
  • Foreshadowing: When the Goblin's hat piece was released, many noticed its striking resemblance to the hat worn by Marvel Comics' Green Goblin, and assumed that a minifigure of said villain would reuse the piece in the near future in the Marvel theme. This guess turned out to be correct.
  • Friendly Neighborhood Vampire: The vampire, of course. Literally so, as he invites his neighbors to lovely parties he hosts for them. Once they get past the appearance he ends up being quite the popular guy.
  • Friend to All Living Things: Well, the Snake Charmer is a friend to all reptiles, but he loves his cobra most of all.
  • Genie in a Bottle: In Series 6 with an Aladdin-based Genie, and in Series 12 with an I Dream of Jeannie-based Genie Girl.
  • Get Rich Quick Scheme: The Prospector combines this with Zany Scheme to earn money. If he can't find gold, he'll search for oil, treasure, and crashed UFOs to sell.
  • Girlish Pigtails: Worn by one of the cheerleaders...who happens to be a zombie.
  • Gorgeous Gorgon: Averted. Medusa goes with the hideous interpretation, with green skin, a serpentine face, and a snake's tail instead of legs.
  • Gotta Catch Them All: There are 186 figures, as of series 11, including Team GB
  • The Greys: In Series 6.
  • Hazmat Suit: A "Hazmat Guy" is part of the fourth series, though he and his work are treated in a rather lighthearted manner.
  • Historical-Domain Character: Cleopatra, William Shakespeare, and Abraham Lincoln.
  • Historical In-Joke: The Egyptian Queen is in the middle of some. Her accessory is a snake, which is surprisingly dark, as the legend goes that Cleopatra killed herself with a self-induced asp bite. The Minifigures Visual Dictionary has some jokes about the Roman Emperor and the Pharaoh fighting over her. Cleopatra was caught in a controversial romance with Roman Marc Antony, which led to the downfall of the Egyptian kingdom.
  • Horny Vikings: In Series 4. The Hun Warrior also has superfluous horns on his helmet.
  • Hot Scientist: The female scientist in Series 11. Interestingly, they actually manage to invoke this trope while still having her dress appropriately for the job, right down to safety goggles and protective gloves.
  • Jerkass Genie: The Genie Girl doesn't want to be this, so she gives advice about the consequences of wishes people are about to make, so they can truly be satisfied.
  • The Jester: In Series 12.
  • Leprechaun: In Series 6.
  • Lighter and Softer: If a certain figure looks evil or dangerous, the worst they'll likely be is an Ineffectual Sympathetic Villain.
  • Literal Genie: The Genie Girl knows most genies are like this, but she bends the rules by making sure the wisher knows exactly what they would be getting.
  • Literal-Minded: The Rock Star eats rock-hard bread, rock candy, sleeps on a bed with no mattress, has a diamond-carved guitar, etc., all to prove he's about "hard rock".
  • Little Green Men: In Series 3.
  • Loads and Loads of Characters: Each series comes with 16 figs, and there are up to three series per year...
  • Mad Scientist: In Series 4 and 14. Mr. Good and Evil also counts, though his concept is quite different.
  • Man-Eating Plant: One of the Halloween costumes in Series 14.
  • Massively Multiplayer Online Role-Playing Game: Series 12 promotes LEGO Minifigures Online, a MMO for the theme. Appropriately, several of its characters fit the theme of an MMO, such as the Jester, Wizard and Battle Goddess.
  • Medusa: The Medusa, in Series 10.
  • My Brain Is Big: The mad scientist in Series 14 has an especially tall head to represent this.
  • Neighbourhood-Friendly Gangsters: The Series 5 gangster minifigure seems to be a nice enough guy.
  • Ninja: One of the first-series minifigs.
  • No Celebrities Were Harmed: A number of minifigures are nods to various celebrities. The Daredevil is a clear nod to Evel Knievel, the Thespian is William Shakespeare (coming with a skull to reenact the famous gravedigger scene in Hamlet), and the Hollywood Starlet from series 9 is a dead ringer for Marilyn Monroe. Series 10 also has a "Trendsetter" with a small dog who looks quite like Paris Hilton.
  • Non-Mammal Mammaries: The Lady Robot has two cemicircular meters on its chest. This is either humorous or creepy, depending on the opinion.
  • Obviously Evil: The Evil Wizard has red eyes, a black beard, a huge black flame-decorated cape, and a red robe with an embroidered skull pattern, and a flaming black staff.
  • Of Corsets Sexy: Wild West Wyldstyle
  • Only Six Faces: All the female minifigure faces in this line are very similar with only minor tweaks.
  • Our Elves Are Better: They're friendlier than usual.
  • Our Gnomes Are Weirder
  • Our Goblins Are Different: He moves LEGO pieces to be underfoot in humans' houses.
  • Our Vampires Are Different: He enjoys fruit smoothies.
  • Our Werewolves Are Different: He just acts like a dog.
  • Our Zombies Are Different: He's slow-moving and completely harmless.
  • Palette Swap: This is done several times, such as with the Robot and Evil Robot or the Battle Mech and Evil Mech. However a complete switch of colours occurs with the Cyclops couple. The Cyclops has olive green skin and a light blue garment. The Lady Cyclops is light blue with olive green garments.
  • Pimped Out Cape: The Evil Wizard's cape is extremely wide, has a giant collar, and it's completely decorated with flames. The good Wizard has a purple cape and collar that are covered with silver stars and moons on the back.
  • Platonic Life Partners: The Lady Cyclops and her male counterpart are just buddies that want to go on adventures.
  • President Evil: President Business.
  • Prospector: In Series 12.
  • Public Domain Character: Robin Hood and Medusa.
  • Raised by Wolves: The Hockey Player.
  • Raven Hair, Ivory Skin: The Spooky Girl, since she's completely monochrome.
  • Read the Fine Print: On the Series 6 Genie's online bio:
    (*wish-granting requires use of imagination)
  • Red and Black and Evil All Over: The Evil Knight and Evil Wizard.
  • Red Eyes, Take Warning: The Space Villain's robot eye, the Evil Knight, Evil Robot, Alien Avenger, and the Evil Wizard. The other red-eyed characters aren't really much of a threat.
  • Retcon: When Series 12 was added to the website, a number of figures from older series were renamed. This includes Deep Sea Diver (now named Scuba), Forestman (Robin Hood), Tribal Hunter (Indian), Kimono Girl (Geisha), Maraca Man (Mariachi), Egyptian Queen (Cleopatra), Ice Fisherman (Eskimo), Demolition Dummy (Dummy), and Calamity Drone (Calamity Droid). However, they are still referred to by their former names in their respective descriptions.
    • Thankfully, the old names have returned.
  • Requisite Royal Regalia: Naturally, this is sported by the Classic King with a new crown-and-hair piece and a new cape style with a separate piece for the ermine trim.
  • The Rock Star: The Punk Rocker and Rocker Girl of Series 4 and 7 respectively sort of represent this, but Series 12's Rock Star captures it best.
  • Shaped Like Itself: The Pizza Delivery Guy's pizza company is called "Pizza", according to his cap and the pizza box.
  • Shout-Out:
    • "The Deep Sea Diver once traveled twenty-ONE thousand leagues under the sea."
    • The Lumberjack's quote is "I'm okay!"
    • The Saxophone Player looks amazingly like Jake Blues.
    • As mentioned above, the Spooky Girl's appearance and personality are based on Wednesday Addams, and she appears to take some cues from Japanese horror culture.
  • Skele Bot 9000: The Evil Mech is a subtle example. It doesn't look particularly skeletal at first glance, but removing its helmet reveals that it has a lower jaw identical to that of a typical LEGO skeleton.
  • Skilled, but Naïve: Many of the characters are excellent at what they do, but don't quite know when to stop.
  • Snake Charmer: In Series 13.
  • Snake People: Medusa uses this interpretation, recycling the snake tail from Ninjago.
  • Something Completely Different: Most of the series are of fairly random, assorted characters that fit with various themes. The first themed series in the line was for The LEGO Movie. A Simpsons series followed, and there will be a series that contains only Halloween-themed "monster" characters. A second Simpsons series is scheduled as well, to arrive before the monsters.
  • Space Marine: The beloved Galaxy Patrol was known by this very name before the official one was confirmed. The Galaxy Trooper also falls under this, but he seems to have an affiliation with the Galaxy Squad.
  • Spiders Are Scary: The Series 14 vampiress has a dress with red spider web designs and spiders on it, and her beehive hairdo has a spiderweb on it. The Spooky Girl keeps a spider in her pocket.
  • Suspiciously Similar Substitute: Many of the monsters in Series 14 are similar to monsters in previous series or the Monster Fighters theme, though they are quite unique on their own. While the mad scientist has been done before, the Series 14 one has a wacky appearance aided by a very tall head with gigantic goggles.
  • Suspiciously Specific Denial: The Businessman is definitely not a highly-trained secret agent.
  • Tertiary Sexual Characteristics: LEGO has an obsession with giving their female characters this. Even the non-organic ones. The Alien Vilainess has lipstick, large eyebrows and lashes and a pink brain, and the Lady Robot uses a pair of semicircular meters and two pink rectangles at the waist to replicate the trademark "feminine curves". She has lipstick, eyelashes and lots of pink, too. The Lady Cyclops has a beauty mark, eyelashes, and lipstick.
  • The Good Guys Always Win: Much to the displeasure of the Evil Wizard, this principle guarantees his failure every time.
  • The Unintelligible: The Deep Sea Diver, because he never takes off his mask.
  • The Unpronounceable: The Alien Villainess's name, according to her bio.
  • Troperiffic: It's a theme full of characters based on real life and all kinds of media and pop culture. Almost every character in the theme applies to multiple tropes, and a new group of 16 Minifigures comes out about every three months...
  • Wicked Witch: Subverted. While the Series 2 Witch takes inspiration from the famous witch in Oz, she's not that bad. The Series 14 witch looks even less threatening.
  • Wizard Classic: The Merlin archetype is perfectly captured with the Series 12 Wizard.
  • Yellow Peril: The Evil Wizard has a very subtle Asian vibe, which likely comes from the Flash Gordon character he draws inspiration from.