Video Game / LEGO Dimensions

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LEGO Dimensions is a 2015 video game made by LEGO and Travellers Tales and published by Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment. Announced on April 9, 2015, and released on September 27 of the same year, it is a game that follows the same toys-to-life trend established by Skylanders and Disney Infinity.

The game uses minifigures and built vehicles and gadgets standing atop RFID chip stands which are then put into the game on a "Toy Pad" to use through multiple established LEGO franchise worlds. Together, these minifigures must band together to stop the evil Lord Vortech from causing rifts in these dimensions and achieve ultimate power over the entire multiverse. Outside the game, the minifigures, vehicles and gadgets can also be taken off their stands to be used as regular LEGO figures.note 

Many more minifigures are being released since after the Starter Pack launch on September 27, 2015 in the form of Team Packs (each containing two minifigures and two vehicles/gadgets), Level Packs (containing a minifigure, two vehicles/gadgets and a DLC level geared around the in-game abilities of the included toys), Fun Packs (containing a minifigure and a vehicle/gadget) and Story Packs (containing a minifigure, a vehicle/gadget, a DLC campaign consisting of multiple levels and a cosmetic-only buildable set design for the Toy Pad). All future expansions after May 2016 will be compatible with the same game for years to come, via WB deploying online updates.

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Playable Characters, Vehicles and Gadgets

Note: Vehicles and gadgets marked with a * are Canon Foreigners created for this game.

    Starter Pack 

    Wave 1 (September 27, 2015) 

Level Packs

Team Packs

Fun Packs

    Wave 2 (November 3, 2015) 

Level Packs

  • The Twelfth Doctornote 
    • Vehicle/Gadget: TARDISnote  and K-9
    • Level: The Dalek Extermination of Earth

Team Packs

  • Kai and Cole
    • Vehicles: Blade Bikenote  and Boulder Bombernote 

Fun Packs

    Wave 3 (January 19, 2016) 

Level Packs

  • Peter Venkmannote 
    • Vehicle/Gadget: Ecto-1 (1984), Ghost Trap
    • Level: Ghostbusters

Team Packs

Fun Packs

  • Doc Brown
    • Vehicle: Traveling Time Train
  • Sensei Wu
    • Vehicle: Flying White Dragonnote 
  • Cyberman
    • Vehicle: Dalek

    Wave 4 (March 15, 2016) 

Level Packs

Fun Packs

    Wave 5 (May 10, 2016) 

Fun Packs

    Polybag 

    Wave 6 (September 27, 2016) 

Story Packs

  • Abby Yatesnote 

Level Packs

Team Packs

Fun Packs

  • B.A. Barracusnote 
    • Vehicle: B.A.'s Van

    Wave 7 (November 18, 2016) 

Story Packs

Level Packs

Team Packs

Fun Packs

    Wave 7. 5 (February 10, 2017) 

Story Packs

  • Robin and Batgirlnote 
    • Vehicle: Batwingnote 
    • Toy Pad Gateway: Bat Computer
    • Story: The Lego Batman Movie

Fun Packs

    Wave 8 (May 9, 2017) 

Level Packs

  • Slothnote 
    • Vehicle/Gadget: One-Eyed Willy's Pirate Ship and Skeleton Organ
    • Level: The Goonies

Fun Packs

    Wave 9 (September 12, 2017) 

Team Packs

Fun Packs


This game contains the following tropes:

  • Aborted Arc: The Stinger of Story Mode didn't receive any further expansion in Year Two.
  • The Ace: As of Wave 8, Marceline and Chase McCain are tied for having the most abilities of any character, to the point where the player needs to turn off overscan in order to read their whole in-game abilities lists.
  • Ascended Extra: Wyldstyle's Relic Detector actually plays a larger role in the game rather than being a minor prop that is never mentioned again.
  • Adaptation Expansion: The Goonies Level Pack provides a delayed version of the film where Chunk and Sloth enter the caves long after the rest of the Goonies began exploring, only managing to catch up to them at the Inferno when they're being threatened by the Fratellis.
  • Adapted Out:
    • There are a few notable Midway Arcade games that do not appear, such as Ms. Pac-Man (which is currently owned by Namco Bandai), Mortal Kombat (which was considered, but ultimately dropped because TT Games would have to heavily censor the game for it to be playable, which they believed would take away much of its charm), and Tapper (still unknown, likely for the same reason as Mortal Kombat).
    • Only two of the three members of Doctor Who's Paternoster Gang appear; although she is mentioned, Jenny is absent.
    • Moe's Tavern, the Springfield Hospital, and the First Church of Springfield are all missing from the Simpsons Adventure World, along with Moe, the Lovejoys, Barney (though his bowling alley still appears), Sideshow Mel (though one of the skins for Krusty's clown bike is patterned after him) and Sideshow Bob.
    • Glinda from The Wizard of Oz is the only character from the film who is absent in the game (not counting the citizens of Kansas save for Aunt Em).
    • George McFly from Back to the Future, even though Lorraine is included as a minifigure in peril.
      • In fact, the entire subplot involving Marty's parents is excised; after Marty goes back in time, he immediately seeks out Doc, and then they jump straight to the clock tower scene. The only reference to the romance story is a secret area based on the Enchantment Under the Sea dance.
      • Also, while the Back to the Future Adventure World can have you travel to 1985, 2015, or 1885, there's access neither to 1955 nor 1985a.
    • Many characters from Lord of the Rings like Galadriel, and in some cases, entire areas like Rohan and Lothlorian.
    • A large portion of DC characters, including some who had previously appeared in the Lego Batman games.
    • Grindelwald is excluded from the Fantastic Beasts Story Pack, probably to avoid the film's plot twist. However, he is mentioned in the opening cutscene, in a letter Newt reads from his older brother Theseus.
      • Later subverted, after a patch added his reveal back into the ending.
    • All references to Super Mario Bros. are absent from this game's version of LEGO City, for obvious reasons.
    • Following the above franchise, several districts such as Auburn and Paradise Sands are cut out from the Adventure World.
    • A secret area of the Goonies level pack depicts "The Power of the Daleks", but leaves out Ben and Polly, the Doctor's companions at the time (conversely, it includes the Dalek Emperor, who wasn't in that serial at all).
    • Due to the situation of the Maitlands, their hometown; Winter River technically falls under this, but is instead replaced by Adam's town model.
  • Adam Westing: Paul Feig appears as himself in the Ghostbusters 2016 Story Pack, who constantly insults the fanbase for the backlash of the movie.
  • Adaptation Distillation / Compressed Adaptation:
    • The Back to the Future level pack, loosely based on the first movie.
    • The Ghostbusters level pack is also loosely based on its first film.
    • The Simpsons level pack is based on the episode "El Viaje Misterioso De Nuestro Homer".
    • The Mission: Impossible level pack is based on the first movie.
    • The Adventure Time level pack is based on the episodes "The Enchiridion" and "Mortal Folly".
    • The Goonies level pack is loosely based on the movie.
  • Adaptation Induced Plothole:
    • The Simpsons level pack includes Marge sabotaging Homer's attempts to reach the chili cook-off, but since Marge doesn't speak and her role from the rest of the episode is excised entirely, no explanation is given, making it look like she's just trying to prevent him just because.
    • The Ghostbusters level pack leaves out the fate of Walter Peck, so the last he's seen is all four of the Busters dogpiling on him for shutting down the ecto-containment system.
    • The Fantastic Beasts story pack never explains how Swooping Evil venom erases memories, so when Frank flies into the air with a beaker in his mouth, it's not clear why the following storm causes everyone to inexplicably forget.
    • The Lego Batman Movie Story Pack doesn't show Joker watching Superman's interview, which inspires his whole scheme. Also, the last cutscene skips over the Phantom Zone guard releasing Batman from his deal to return after capturing all of the escaped baddies.
  • Alien Sky:
    • The Vorton hub world has a massive shattered planet in full view, along with a few bit of nebula.
    • "A Dalektable Adventure" has the Cybermen base, which is orbiting a star apparently surrounded by debris, along with several nearby planets or moons.
  • All Your Bricks Are Belong To Us: The name of the Midway Arcade Level.
  • Alternate Continuity:
    • The playable Batman and Wyldstyle are NOT boyfriend and girlfriend, for one, as this Batman is from DC Comics, not the LEGO Movie version. However, the LEGO Movie Batman does show up, getting along poorly with the playable Batman.
    • Despite Ghostbusters 2016 being a reboot of the series, there are some signs that the original series actually existed in the timeline of 2016, such as various billboards advertising the original Ghostbusters, another billboard advertising Ray's Bookshop, and Jillian Holtzmann finding a heavily-malfunctioning and aged containment unit in the firehouse.
  • Anachronism Stew:
    • Occurs in the Doctor Who Adventure World once the different regions are linked together, resulting in 19th century London abutting directly with 21st century London, with the techno background music used in the modern-day section often bleeding over into the Victorian section.
    • A similar thing occurs with the characters in the Harry Potter Adventure World. For instance, Neville Longbottom mentions being a seventh-year Hogwarts student, yet Albus Dumbledore is still alive even though he died during Neville's sixth year.
    • Dr. Eggman claims that he's known (and fought) Sonic for 25 years,note  even though Sonic is canonically 15 years old.
  • And the Adventure Continues:
    • The Portal 2 level pack ends with Chell and Wheatley stepping into the gateway GLaDOS had discovered.
    • After freeing the captive citizens and trapping Ghost Abby in the Pulsebusters alternate dimension, the captive citizens and possibly all of the living citizens of the dimension attempt to take back New York from the remaining Pulsebusters.
    • The Sonic level pack ends with Amy falling through a dimensional breach, Eggman escaping through it, and Super Sonic giving chase.
  • And Your Reward Is Clothes:
    • Among the upgrades you can give your vehicles are different skins and solid/metallic colors. (Slightly averted in the case of the Batmobile as changing its skin and colors is required in order to obtain a few trophies.)
    • Several Red Bricks give additional cosmetic effects, such as comic book-style captions, Back To The Future vehicle effects, overriding the background music, or replacing all studs with rings.
  • Announcer Chatter:
    • In the Gauntlet portion of the Midway arcade level, using the same sound bytes as the original arcade game.
    • Also in the multiplayer battle arenas, courtesy of BRIAN BLESSED
  • Anti-Frustration Features:
    • In contrast to the first Portal game, the High Energy Pellets do not expire or reset.
    • The later-added Hire a Hero, in theory, is supposed to serve this function for those wishing to access gold brick and stud-farm puzzles without having to continually buy new expansion packs. There are a few restrictions to this that come close to averting the trope, however.
    • Fail multiple times at any fusebox puzzle and the fuse along with the chasing spark will slow down, making it easier to win.
  • Anticlimax: Collecting all the Gold Bricks from both years unlocks nothing, unless you count the Vorton Disco extra unlocked by collecting all the Gold Bricks from Year One.
  • Anti-Poop Socking: If you've played in the Aperture Science world for 30 minutes, GLaDOS will mention it and tells you that if you're still there 10 minutes later, she'll unleash sleeping gas. Ten minutes later, she'll come back and admits she was bluffing, since she's not allowed to use gases anymore after her previous record.
  • Apocalypse How:
    • One has clearly happened to Vorton at some point in the past. A large chunk of the planet is missing, and the core is visible.
    • Lord Vortech plans to collide all the universes together, which would kill everyone living in those universes.
    • Exploited by X-PO, who convinces the main trio on how bad Lord Vortech's plan to merge the multiverse together via compiling their version of an extreme apocalypse based on their origins.
      • This comes up later when the main trio recruit the characters they met during the story to battle against Lord Vortech, as Ray Stantz thinks Judgement Day is upon them, but Batman assures him it's like that, but Lord Vortech's plan is even worse.
  • Arc Symbol: The three Story Packs from Year Two each have a recurring Keystone that appears throughout its levels; these are the Rip Keystone for Ghostbusters 2016, the Creation Keystone for Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, and the Phase Keystone for The LEGO Batman Movie.
  • The Artifact: The hacking minigame returns from The LEGO Movie Videogame, complete with Octan-branded chips. However, while the in-game viruses have new looks, the "log-in screen" still shows the Lord Business-based ones.
  • Art Shift:
    • Levels and worlds based on 2D-animated properties like Scooby-Doo and The Simpsons have a less-shaded, cel-animation aesthetic.
    • Characters and aspects from The LEGO Movie are animated in its choppy stop-motion style, rather than the smoother style the rest of the game uses. Wyldstyle displays this frequently when using her abilities.
    • The Teen Titans Go! episode changes from 2D Flash to three-dimensional CGI when the Titans enter the LEGO Dimensions multiverse, and changes back to 2D Flash when they leave it.
  • Attack of the 50-Foot Whatever: Vortech spends the entirety of the final fight at giant size due to side-effects gained prior to the event of the game.
    • Chaos 0 in the Sonic level pack.
  • Attack! Attack! Attack!: Several boss fights introduced in Year 2 are traditional boss fights rather than being puzzle-based.
  • Background Music Override:
    • Several red brick extras allow you to change the background music to tunes from Doctor Who, The Wizard of Oz, or 8-bit themes.
    • Every adventure world has an unlockable Jukebox, letting players choose music from any world to play while exploring.
    • Getting into the TARDIS changes the background music to the Doctor Who theme.
    • When Wonder Woman flies, the theme of the Wonder Woman TV series plays in place of the usual background music, like in LEGO Batman 3. Likewise with Superman, where the 70s Superman film theme plays as he flies.
    • Vehicles can be upgraded to play music appropriate to their source material, which forces nearby enemies and other players to dance.
  • BBC Quarry: A very subtle example. The mini TARDIS model that comes with the Doctor Who level pack is landed on a rocky area very reminiscent of the quarry.
  • Big Badass Rig:
    • Goliath Returns...again.
    • Also, Rook the FLAG semi reappears and can be entered identical to the show.
    • On top of that, one of K.I.T.T.'s rebuilds turns him into a Small Badass Rig.
  • Big Bad: Lord Vortech.
  • Big Eater: Slimer, Shaggy, and Scooby-Doo.
  • Bland-Name Product:
    • "CJ Perry" in the Twin Pines Mall, standing in for JC Penney.
    • Future Hill Valley has "Bruce 19" showing at the holomax cinema.
  • Blackout Basement: A part of A Dalektable Adventure takes place inside a base with frequent blackouts. Unfortunately, the base is filled with Weeping Angels, and they use the blackouts to move around.
  • Body Horror: Sauron becomes a formless mass of bricks with one tiny arm after his defeat.
  • Bonus Stage:
    • Available after getting 20 gold bricks, and has you fighting 3 waves of each Year 1 franchise's mooksnote  atop Joel McHale's desk.
    • In addition, each Year 1 Adventure World has its own bonus mission, which requires you to get all the minikits in that world's corresponding story levelnote . Year 2 Adventure Worlds don't have specific bonus missions, but have a space to hold any completed minikit structure.
    • Part of the plot in the Sonic the Hedgehog level, based on the special stages from Sonic the Hedgehog 2.
  • Bowdlerise:
    • The Back to the Future, Simpsons, Ghostbusters, Mission: Impossible, Ghostbusters (2016), and Goonies level packs compared to their respective franchises.
    • The Ghostbusters (2016) Story Pack changes the scene of Rowan-possessed Abby attacking the proton packs to Rowan-possessed Abby attacking Jillian and Patty's sandwiches. Holtzmann still reacts with horror at her "babies" being attacked.
    • In the Fantastic Beast and Where to Find Them Story Pack, several aspects of the film were toned down such as Henry Shaw Jr's drive to eliminate speak-easy's serving alcohol to caffeine-based beverages, and the relationship between Percival Graves and Credence Barebone is shown to be more platonic.
  • Breaking the Fourth Wall:
    • The standard-issue LEGO game heads-up display shows up in the cutscenes for the Midway Arcade level's Defender portion.
    • At one point in the Adventure Time Level, you can hit a hint stone telling you how to destroy gold LEGO walls with the Ancient Psychic Tandem War Elephant, but you've already learnt how to earlier, with X-PO admitting that you probably already knew that.
    • If you die as the Twelfth Doctor either by dying before the completion of The Dalek Extermination of Earth or just by setting his regeneration cycle to stay on that incarnation, he'll berate you in case you wanted him to regenerate as the First Doctor, along with "a bow tie and some "entertaining" hair".
    • After completing TeenTitansGo!Robin's quest, he remarks that he's learnt the lesson of the benefit of there being more than one member in a team from both the "old show and the new one".
    • In the Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them Story Pack, when Tina sits on Newt's briefcase after he and Jacob enter it, an ostrich comes by and notices the camera and begins pecking it.
  • Brick Joke:note 
    • At the beginning of the game, Samwise Gamgee reacts to Gandalf and Frodo's disappearance by suggesting the Fellowship of the Ring wait for them. At the end of the game, they're still there, Sam insisting Gandalf will be back any minute....
  • Built With LEGO: At least, not the scenery, as is the case with most LEGO games. Except for locations from the LEGO Movie universe, which are.
  • Bullet Time: Some boss fights go into this to provide the player characters an opportunity to dodge an attack, including usage of Press X to Not Die.
  • But Thou Must!:
    • As any player familiar with Old Who canon knows, reactivating a dead facility filled with Cybermen is a very bad idea. Guess what you have to do in the main storyline Doctor Who level.
    • Advancing in the Adventure Time level requires you to ruin Tree Trunks' picnic. She doesn't seem that bothered about it and happily walks off to bake another apple pie.
  • Call-Back: The game is filled with them, both to previous LEGO games and to the series' continuities, as detailed in the Mythology Gag page.
  • The Cameo:
    • HAL 9000 is summoned as a distraction during GLaD to Meet You, and ends up frustrating GLaDOS by, among other things, calling her Dave. This was made possible by Warner Bros.' ownership of that movie thanks to various corporate buyouts.
    • In the Lord of the Rings level, one of the things you summon to fight the Balrog is Laval's Fire Lion, one of the few Chima appearances in the main campaign.
    • In the otherwise original level Prime Time, the minikits are clearly dimensionally displaced from Jurassic World.
    • ATLAS and P-Body make brief appearances in the Portal 2 level pack, traveling through an excursion funnel in the background. Copies of them are also used as scarecrows at the top of the Adventure World.
      • In an even MORE obscure cameo, if you're quick enough to spot him before he runs off, you can actually find Doug Rattmann wandering around Aperture Science in a few spots.note 
    • For world cameos, if you use the TARDIS at certain locations in Springfield, you can visit The Flintstones' home in Bedrock and The Jetsons' home in Orbit City.note 
    • The main trio make an appearance during the Sonic Level Pack.
    • Most of the Year 2 level packs have various characters and vehicles from other franchises appearing in the background of certain cutscenes, usually as a Freeze-Frame Bonus.
  • The Cavalry: Up to Eleven in an epic CMOA, After The End is Tri, the trio admit that they can't take on Lord Vortech on their own, but Batman suggests that they get some help from some new friends. They visit most of the dimensions they visited, getting the help of the Ghostbusters, the Defender Spaceship, Marty and Doc Brown, The Doctor and even GLaDOS. While forming a plan at Vorton, they suggest trapping him in an identical situation he put them in earlier, and finally take him head-on. That's right, an entire multiverse led a rebellion against HIM.
  • Chuck Cunningham Syndrome:
    • All the major members of The Lego Movie's cast appear in one way or another, except for Vitruvius, who's only mentioned in passing by Emmet and Wyldstyle, and only named by the latter. Players who witnessed his decapitation in The Lego Movie can probably figure out why this became the case.
    • Of the main cast of Harry Potter, most of the main characters appear in some way or another in the adventure world... except Ron Weasley, who's nowhere to be seen.
  • Clumsy Copyright Censorship: "The Goonies 'R' Good Enough" plays without vocals, unlike "The Power of Love" and the songs borrowed from the Ghostbusters soundtrack. Additionally, it doesn't sound exactly the same as an instrumental of "The Goonies 'R' Good Enough" would.
  • Collection Sidequest: As with prior LEGO Games, only with each level having its own distinctive minikit:
    • Follow the LEGO Brick Road: Dorothy's basket
    • Meltdown at Sector 7-G: Squisheesnote 
    • Elements of Surprise: Katana Shrines
    • A Dalektable Adventure: Gallifreyan hypercubes note 
    • Painting the Town Black: The LEGO Batman Minikits
    • Once Upon a Time Machine...: Mr. Fusion Home Energy Reactorsnote 
    • GLaD to See You: Personality coresnote 
    • Riddle-Earth: Wooden boxes taken straight from Lego Lord Of The Rings
    • The Phantom Zone: Ghost containment unitsnote 
    • All Your Bricks Are...: 8-bit treasure chestsnote 
    • Mystery Mansion Mash-Up: Scooby Snacks
    • Prime Time: Fossil crates marked with the Jurassic World logo
    • The End is Tri: Octan Corportation Minikitsnote 
    • The Final Dimension: Golden treasure chestsnote 
    • Ghostbusters 2016 Story Pack: 2016 version Containment Units
    • Mission: Impossible Level Pack: Cassette tapes
    • Adventure Time Level Pack: Anti-gravity tart totes
    • Sonic the Hedgehog Level Pack: Item monitors
    • Fantastic Beasts Story Pack: Newt Scamander's briefcase
    • The LEGO Batman Movie Story Pack: Yellow canisters decorated with Batarangs
    • The Goonies Level Pack: Treasure maps
  • Colour-Coded for Your Convenience:
    • The hint markers come in three colors; blue (for characters / vehicles you already have), purple (ones you do have but aren't on the pad) and gold (ones you don't have).
    • Characters and vehicles from Year 1 have blue tags, while Year 2 characters and vehicles have orange tags.
  • Colossus Climb: The first phase of The Final Dimension has you battling enemies while crawling around on Lord Vortech's body.
  • Comical Overreacting: In the Metropolis level atop Sauron's tower, Batman finds one piece of dimensional debris to be his famous bat-signal...which really ticks him off.
    Batman: The Bat-Signal? Someone stole my Bat-Signal? NOW THAT'S GOING TOO FAR!
  • Composite Character:
    • The Sauron of this game is a cross between his portrayal in the prologue of The Lord of the Rings films and in the story proper, in that while he does have a physical form (which looks exactly like how he appears within the film's prologue), the Eye of Sauron on top of Barad-dûr, which is implied within the original films as being his then-current form, can still be seen.
    • In terms of levels, the Portal level mixes and matches elements from both games, such as the second game's test chambers and GLaDOS design, and the first game's behind-the-scenes areas and door designnote .
  • Continue Your Mission, Dammit!: In the Back to the Future level pack, with Doc Brown yelling from the clock tower to urge the player to connect the power cables.
  • Console Cameo: Unsurprisingly, a SEGA Mega Drive appears in the level: Sonic Dimensions.
  • Convenient Color Change: The Chroma keystone, used to solve puzzles by matching the colors on the toy pad.
  • Cool Car: The Batmobile, the DeLorean, the Mystery Machine, the Ecto-1, the G-6155 Spy Hunter and K.I.T.T. himself are all usable vehicles.
  • Cool Starship: The TARDIS and Benny's spaceship are rideable.
  • Couch Gag: The one from The Simpsons gets crashed by Batman, Gandalf, and Wyldstyle as they fall into Springfield.
  • Counterpart Comparison: In-Universe, as several characters will sometimes comment on the similarities of other characters to characters from their franchise.
  • Creepy Cemetery: A Dalektable Adventure has the characters winding up in one. It comes complete with Cybermen bursting out of graves, and those weird, indestructible statues that seem to move whenever you aren't looking at them... As it turns outs, the cemetery is a holographic illusion. Except the statues.
  • Critical Annoyance: Heard during the Gauntlet portion of the Midway Arcade level.
  • Crossover Punchline: Cutscenes from Year Two levels, and probably also those from Year Three, have denizens of other dimensions briefly pop in for quick gags.
  • Dagwood Sandwich: Scooby's gadget, which gives Super Strength when eaten and can be upgraded to a Fire-Breathing Diner.
  • Darker and Edgier: When compared to the regular LEGO Adaptation Game series. Vortech, while not lacking comedic traits, is still a serious threat to the entire multiverse and treated as such. Foundation Prime is almost as unsettling as the End of the World from Kingdom Hearts I, and some of the worlds themselves are a bit darker than usual, most notably Lord of the Rings, Doctor Who and Harry Potter.
  • Death Is Cheap: Taken literally and averted: any active character that is killed drops coins from the player's bank, requiring the player to quickly regain as many coins as possible once the character respawns.
  • Deliberately Monochrome:
    • The interior of the First and Second Doctor's TARDIS' are monochrome, in imitation of their serials. In the same vein, a hidden area of the Goonies level pack based on the Second Doctor's first serial is also largely monochrome.
    • In the Oz Adventure World, Kansas is sepia-tone.
    • The Fantastic Beasts Adventure World has washed-out colours, which even applies to the portals.
  • Deliberate Values Dissonance: At the start of the "Once Upon a Time Machine..." level which takes place in the US West in 1885, Batman asks Mayor Hubert if he's seen anything weird. Mayor Hubert takes a look at Wyldstyle, replies that he sees a lady dressed in britches, and Wyldstyle appropriately reacts with disgust.
  • Demoted to Extra: The Back to the Future level pack does this to an important scene in the film; the Enchantment Under the Sea dance is skipped over during standard play, and can only be accessed using the Locate keystone.
    • Some of the licensed characters featured in the game have little more than cameos in the main game. Some have more substantial involvement in the Adventure Worlds or Level Packs, while some remain one- or two-line cameos (or unspeaking, period).
  • Department of Redundancy Department: Averted with Jurassic World; Each franchise comes with an adventure world, all of them ending with "world". Except in Jurassic World's case, which would be called Jurassic World World, but is simply called Jurassic World.
  • Description Cut: Since the Ghostbusters Story Pack leaves out the scene of Abby and Holtzmann being fired, the scene goes from them triumphantly saying the campus loves them to them standing outside with their stuff.
  • Developers' Foresight:
    • The three main characters each have unique bits of dialogue throughout the main storyline, some of which can only be heard if one or both of the others isn't present.
    • Lots of other characters also have unique dialogue when paired up. While some of them aren't that surprising, there are lots of more unique messages between unexpected characters, such as Sonic the Hedgehog asking Venkman if he could help him with the Tails Doll or telling Lumpy Space Princess about the last time he met a princess.
    • Yes, you can have two of the same character on the toy pad. And yes, every characternote  does react to having a double of themselves.
    • Try to fly during the second part of the boss battle with Vortech in Hill Valley, and he'll fire off homing lasers which will shoot you down.
    • Averted with certain adventure world quests, where the characters giving the quests never recognize the characters they're talking to, even when they're talking about them (Scooby's parents talking about him, Lego Movie!Batman talking about DC!Batman, Madame Vastra worrying about Cybermen) or when they're talking to themselves (Unikitty, Benny, Slimer and Doc Brown). However, this is lampshaded a bit in the main Doctor Who level where the Doctor appears in the opening cutscenes but then leaves, explicitly implying that he doesn't want to run into himself - which technically would happen if the player has the Doctor as a playable character.
    • Also averted with the Ghostbusters level pack. You can play as Ray, Egon or Winston, but several points specifically require Venkman, meaning you have to change back to him.
    • The Adventure Time Level has Jake at the beginning running off on his own. If you finished the level and have Jake on the Toy Pad during this, Finn will notice the playable Jake and ask how he got back. He responds that he's Future Jake and came back to help him.
      • This comes up later when the Jakemobile asks "Future Jake" who he is, and Jake mostly forgets everything that he and Finn did and made it out alive.
    • Finished the Adventure Time level? Play it again with Finn and the Jakemobile at the same time and they'll eventually get Deja vu.
    • Peter Venkman and the other 1980's Ghostbusters can complete certain actions in the Ghostbusters 2016 levels.
    • Characters who normally die in water get a bubble shield during the Labyrinth Zone portion of the Sonic level pack.
  • Die, Chair! Die!: As with all Lego games, breaking Lego-built scenery will reward the player with studs. GLaDOS will take note of this if you pass by her in the Portal 2 Adventure World.
  • Didn't See That Coming: Lord Vortech attempts to trap the heroes via a rift-loop. However, the Doctor exploits the fact that said loop was rather low-quality and is able to easily spirit away the heroes in the TARDIS to their next destination. He also modifies the Vorton Gateway to not only stop the rift-loops happening, but to also block off any surveillance by Lord Vortech.
  • Distressed Damsel / Distressed Dude: This time, each level has its own unique minifig in peril to rescue:
    • Follow the LEGO Brick Road: The Wizard of Oz
    • Meltdown at Sector 7-G: Hans Moleman
    • Elements of Surprise: P.I.X.A.L.
    • A Dalektable Adventure: Clara Oswaldnote 
    • Painting the Town Black: Lois Lane
    • Once Upon a Time Machine...: Clara Clayton
    • GLaD to See You: Rick the Adventure Sphere
    • Riddle-Earth: Boromir
    • The Phantom Zone: Dana Barrett
    • All Your Bricks Are...: Robotron Hero
    • Mystery Mansion Mash-Up: Velma, Fred, and Daphne
    • Prime Time: Mrs. Scratchen-Post
    • The End is Tri: Samwise Gamgee
    • The Final Dimension: Jacob Pevsner
    • Ghostbusters 2016 Story Pack: Paul Feig
    • Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them Story Pack: Modesty Barebone
    • The LEGO Batman Movie Story Pack: Menial Task Mike
    • Back to the Future Level Pack: Lorraine Baines
    • Portal 2 Level Pack: Cave Johnson Sphere
    • The Simpsons Level Pack: Ralph Wiggum
    • Ghostbusters Level Pack: Janine Melnitz
    • Midway Arcade Level Pack: The Lumberjack from Timber
    • Mission: Impossible Level Pack: Benji Dunn
    • Adventure Time Level Pack: Cinnamon Bun
    • Sonic the Hedgehog Level Pack: Big the Cat
    • The Goonies Level Pack: Rosalita
  • Doppelgänger Crossover:
    • Emmet and Owen are both playable characters who can be active at the same time.
    • It's possible for Starfire to do Princess Bubblegum's Escort Mission.
  • Double Jump: Only applies to certain acrobatic characters, such as Wyldstyle. Some characters who can't perform this may perform an Unnecessary Combat Roll instead.
  • Dramatic Irony: Justified, as every single character except Lord Vortech and X-PO had no idea that the multiverse ever existed. In contrast to the players and you, as we know more about the franchises than the characters.
  • Dynamic Loading:
    • When travelling into a level or world (through gateways and not the menu), characters go through a portal sequence where they can be moved around the screen. Characters also sometimes make comments.
    • When using the TARDIS to travel between areas, the time vortex based on the Doctor Who Series 8 opening is shown.
    • A variation of Dynamic Loading Trot happens in the Back to the Future Adventure World. When traveling between Hill Valley's time periods, the speedometer goes up slowly for a few moments, then quickly counts up to 88.
  • Early-Bird Cameo: Zuul-Dana, the library ghost and the zombie cabbie from Ghostbusters appear in the titular franchise's level. A couple of months later, a huge set of the HQ was revealed, with their minifigures included in the set.
  • Easy-Mode Mockery: The Midway games have a very light version, in which using more than one quarter per game prevents receiving of medals.
  • Easter Egg:
    • Entering the TARDIS as the Fourth Doctor on every fourth day of the month,Erm?  will show a secret "wooden" TARDIS.
    • You can find the Waving Snail virtually anywhere in the Adventure Time Adventure World or level.
    • If you're quick and know where to look, you can find Doug Rattmann in certain test chambers during the Portal-themed story level.
    • Several extra franchises are alluded to, such as at one point in the Ghostbusters 2016 Story Pack, you can find a ghost couple making pottery.
    • Interestingly, there is a hidden code in the game credits: After the on-screen lyrics "I can guess the reasons you are never coming by for me", there is a very long series of ellipses, that on closer inspection are actually a series of periods and commas.note  Translating these periods and commas to binary (the periods becoming zeroes and the commas ones), and then translating the binary gives you "1jhn1:9", or 1 John 1:9.note 
  • Einstein Hair: Doc Brown, complete with a new hairpiece that more accurately represents it.
  • Elemental Powers: Granted by the Elemental Phase keystone, allowing characters to use fire, earth, water, and electricity.
  • Epic Fail: One mission in the Mission: Impossible World requires the player to fix one of the windmills destroyed at the beginning of Mission: Impossible III. It works, up until the fan tears itself free of the mast, and manages to destroy another windmill. The locals give IMF a gold brick as a "Begone" Bribe.
  • Everybody Laughs Ending: Two missions in the Scooby-Doo adventure world end with everyone laughing, in reference to this.
  • Evolving Credits: Or Evolving Title Screen, as the case may be. Which characters appear depends on how far the player has gotten into the story. Also, the keystones on the gateway change each time.
  • Fake Shemp: Although many original actors were brought back to record new dialogue, this was not always possible due to either Actor Existence Failure or budget reasons. Examples include Tom Kane doing the voice of Gandalf (instead of Ian McKellen). In the case of The Doctor, only Peter Capaldi recorded new dialogue for his Twelfth Doctor; all other Doctors' dialogue (including for Doctors whose actors are now deceased) was lifted from episode soundtracks.
  • Fauxshadowing: The Stinger for LEGO Jurassic World showed Alan Grant excavating one of the Dimensions portal's keystones. Despite this, he doesn't appear, and Jurassic World doesn't feature in the game's plot at all.
  • Foreshadowing:
    • For anyone familiar with Doctor Who, the fact that the statues in the "cemetery" during A Dalektable Adventure don't fade away with the rest of the illusions should raise some alarm bells.
    • A random civilian in the 2016 Ghostbusters Adventure World occasionally wonders whether there's a dimension where ghosts hunt humans. Sure enough, in one of the quests, you find exactly that.
    • Any player who started in Year 1 is guaranteed to at least hear Wyldstyle announcing that she's found a new dimension on her scanner, but realizes that it's just a smudge on her screen. Looks like they weren't.
    • Sonic's debut trailer has him surprising the Doctor, who pulls out the Sonic Screwdriver at him. Yes, Sonic does comment about it ingame, thinking that the Doctor named it after him.
  • From Bad to Worse:
    • "A Dalektable Adventure", essentially. First the trio wind up in a Cybermen ship, with the occupants slowly coming back online. Then, in their pursuit of the Cyber-Controller's head, they wind up in a ship filled with Weeping Angels. They proceed to get chased, until thanks to some quick action from Batman they get away. And manage to land smack-dab in the middle of an army of Daleks.
    • In "Retro Wreckage", Gamer Kid is tasked to send the Midway Arcade characters back into the arcade machines. But at the end, despite sending at least the corrupted characters back, the rest of the characters are still running loose in reality, and he has also unknowingly destroyed several buildings in the process.
  • Fun with Subtitles: The captions for the LEGO Batman Movie Story Pack give an oddly specific description of Batman's sigh, when Alfred calls him to attend Commissioner Gordon's retirement gala, comparing it to a sigh made by "a moody teenager who has to clean his room."
  • Funny Background Event:
    • Any time a character capable of shattering translucent bricks uses their abilities, the other characters hold their ears and wince.
    • Some playable characters go into their idle animation gags when not active, if the active character isn't doing much, either. The idle animations also sometimes trigger during scripted events, too, while the character cannot be controlled.
    • At the end of The Phantom Zone, several ghosts can be seen conga dancing in the sky.
    • At the beginning of Paranormal Beginnings, you can see a burning dumpster.
  • Fusion Dance: Robin, Metalbeard, and Frodo do this unwillingly thanks to Vortech, becoming the Tri.
  • Game-Breaking Bug:
    • Between late January and early February 2016, there was a glitch that prevented many games from loading after the start menu.
    • The Ghostbusters (2016) Story Pack originally suffered from a glitch that caused the game to freeze during the last level, then reset all progress in every dimension. A less severe, but more widespread, glitch afflicted the Adventure World: An attempt to use the Ghostbusters' clock to change the World from day to night instead resulted in the clock spinning endlessly, until the player would choose to return to the hub world.
    • If you start a Story Pack level from The Shard Portal of that Universe (by selecting Continue Story), it will automatically start the next level, skipping the adventure quest/puzzle you do before the level. This process also makes the level permanently lock after completion. It will show you had clearly completed the level but when you try selecting it, the game treats it as locked. This makes it impossible to go back and get Minikits you missed, meaning getting 100% completion on that save is impossible.
    • The level "Battle for Times Square" has, on the PS3 at least, a bad habit of freezing up on the last opponent.
    • An extremely severe one with the Wave 7 updates on the PS3 and PS4, often erasing all of the player's progress on the Year 2 levels, and rendering them unable to play levels they've already unlocked, claiming the player needs to download new content to play them, only for there to be no content to download.
    • A little less drastically, parts of the Doctor Who Adventure World apparently weren't tested very well for problems. The ground around the borders of the Telos portion of the world are intangible, meaning just walking across those boundaries between Telos and a neighboring portion of the world causes the character to fall through into empty space below. Flight-capable characters can still fly out of danger, but those who can't fly can briefly get stuck respawning on "solid" ground right on the boundary...and falling through again. What's more annoying is that there is a ground race in this hub that needs to cross the Telos boundary twice; the only way around the broken ground is with a vehicle that can jump (or attempting the race with a flying character/vehicle or Sonic).
  • Gameplay and Story Segregation: An inversion of "a whole group is travelling together in the cutscenes, but there's just one playable character and the others disappear in the gameplay". No matter how many minifigs you load the toypad with, the storyline just has Wyldstyle, Batman and Gandalf. Particularly obvious if one of your characters is also an NPC, so for example, the Doctor explains he can't join you because he'd be crossing his timeline, and then does so anyway.
  • Game Within a Game:
  • Getting Crap Past the Radar:
    • The achievement/trophy for completing 25 Shift puzzles is titled "Too Old For This Shift".
    • When Batman asks Mayor Hubert if he's seen anything strange, he replies that he sees "a lady dressed in britches." Wyldstyle does a Spit Take at that.
    • The Sleep-Eazy Motel is present in the Simpsons Adventure World. Although most of the offending characteristics of it have been removed, its name is still spelled the same.
    • Although the script of the Ghostbusters 2016 is modified to avoid inappropriate jokes, they still got away with Rowan committing suicide.
    • A sidequest in the E.T.: The Extra Terrestrial Adventure World, requires you to open a crate of frogs in a science class. When you do however, the teacher decides to cancel the lesson as the kids at said lesson didn't know what they were going to do with the frogs and only hinting that "they weren't going to like the schedule".note 
    • In a literal sense and a first in the LEGO series as a whole, Stripe will call Gizmo caca.Meaning... 
    • "One-eyed willy" being slang for "penis" didn't keep the so-called character from The Goonies from being referenced by name frequently.
  • Germans Love David Hasselhoff: In-Universe and referenced subtly as part of the Running Gag of references to David Hasselhoff, as a woman in charge of the Knight Rider World jukebox restoration notes a popular song inside it that's a hit in Germany.
  • Gosh Dang It to Heck!: Happens throughout the game; one example is in the end cutscene to the Back to the Future level pack.
    • Homer does manage to get away with saying "Oh my God" a few times, and the piece of paper saying "God bless this mess" is still present in the Simpsons' kitchen during the opening of The Mysterious Voyage of Homer. While the instances of "Oh my God" were later changed through patches, "God bless this mess" still remains intact.
  • Gotta Catch Them All: Not only are Batman, Wyldstyle, and Gandalf after their sidekicks/allies in their quest to stop Vortech, they're also after the Keystones (which allow the portal to access other worlds) and the Foundation Elements (which Vortech can use to manipulate the planet at the center of the LEGO Multiverse; arguably, where all LEGO creation sprang). The heroes and Vortech also use the residents of worlds they visit to help them on their journey (or hinder, in the villains' case).
  • Gravity Screw:
    • Thanks to Lord Vortech and the Tri, when the main characters arrive in the LEGO Movie world, they land on the Octan Tower sideways. Driven home when Wyldstyle points it out, only for a passing Benny to claim he'd have noticed if something like that had happened.
    • The gravity on the Death Egg in the Sonic Adventure World can be reversed, and has to be in order to get the area's Golden Brick.
  • Great Escape: There's a tunnel leading from Arkham Asylum to a dock on the lake, guarded by several cracked "construction" walls.
  • Green Hill Zone: The Sonic the Hedgehog Level allows players to run across the Trope Namer, along with its Sonic Adventure counterpart, Emerald Coast, among others.
  • Guide Dang It!:
    • While the characters menu in the Hub does a decent job at informing you of each character's abilities, it often fails to mention certain abilities, like Kai being able to melt ice by attacking it.
    • It also hasn't updated the wave 1-5 character pages with the Year 2 abilities, despite various characters being updated with said new abilities.
    • While the game is pretty consistent with hint markers telling the player what character has what ability, it never does so with the Relic Detector (since Wyldstyle has the ability, and she comes with the Starter Pack needed to play the game).
  • Hacking Minigame: Characters such as Benny or the Doctor can utilize hacking terminals, using a similar minigame to The LEGO Movie Videogame (itself a variant of Pac-Man) with added use of the toy pad to reveal paths and make them usable.
  • Hard Light: The Lantern Corps construct spots from LEGO Batman 3 return in Year 2. Other than Supergirl, they can also be used by the Powerpuff Girls.
  • Haunted Technology: Appears in the Ghostbusters level. Also, Slimer will "possess" vehicles instead of riding them like other characters.
  • Hello, [Insert Name Here]: Used by GLaDOS in the Portal-themed main story level.
    GLaDOS: You, [subject name here], must be the apple of [subject's father's name here]'s eye.
  • Hijacking Cthulhu: This is the reason why Sauron is serving Vortech instead of trying to usurp his throne; Vortech, having access to even more powerful magic, does a Baleful Polymorph on him whenever Sauron's within Foundation Prime, which keeps him in control.
  • Idle Animation: Playable characters have animations that usually reference something from their home series.
  • Implacable Man: The Gauntlet section of "All Your Bricks Are Belong To Us" features a Grim Reaper, who will chase your characters, and cannot be killed. Unless you run it over with a car-type vehicle.
  • Incompetence, Inc.: The Adventure World IMF really comes across as such. Their mission assigner sends recruits off to find secret lists so he can get lunch, their field agents are incapable of keeping an eye on a prisoner who's right in front of them, and when a fire mysteriously starts on their premises, the agents have no idea what they're supposed to do.
  • Infinity +1 Sword: The third form of the Arcade Machine, the Pixelator, fully upgraded, will cause a Skullkin to surrender in two hits.
  • Instant Ice, Just Add Cold: When getting hit by an ice attack, or if they just touch an icy brick, a character gets caught within a mound of ice bricks and cannot move.
  • Irony: The Wicked Witch can wield the element of Water with no problems.
    • Meta: The TT Developers during showcases of Year 2 gameplay mention Fanservice a LOT. Given that Gamer Kid is an apparent troper, it's likely that he would've already looked up what Fanservice actually meant.
    • Lord Vortech's overall goal is to rule a single dimension in perfection. At the finale, he is currently trapped in a perfect prison within a different reality safely contained in a rift loop. The icing on the cake is that he gave the trio the idea of using the latter.
  • Jerkass: The Hogwarts students in the Harry Potter adventure world all, to a man, throw snowballs at your characters. Surprisingly powerful snowballs, capable of taking off a whole heart. Of course, the player can catch them and throw them back.
  • Kibbles and Bits: A variation in the models, particularly small ones. In order to have three different forms the canon, smallest variation will sometimes have an extra stand that doesn't appear in the game. This is particularly noticeable on the Back to the Future hoverboard as the base model is only three parts, so it ends up having a very elaborate stand with spotlights.
  • Killer Rabbit:
    • In "The Mysterious Voyage of Homer", a group of rats at the chili festival will swarm and kill the player character, unless distracted by Homer's TV.
    • In "Once Upon a Machine Time in the West", if you accidentally or intentionally attack any of the livestock — especially the chickens — they attack and do actual damage.
  • Lampshade Hanging:
    • The Ghostbusters (2016) Adventure World actually has someone notice how the Adventure World's geography just stops after a certain point.
    Man: Did that road always lead to nowhere, or am I just crazy?
    • Upon entering The Simpsons dimension in Meltdown in Sector 7-G, Batman immediately notices the cel-shading and asks why everything looks strange.
    • In Breaking the Barrier, rather than Slimer taking the Ecto-1 for a joyride, he briefly possesses it, then drives his own version made out of slime. Said version is actually the more-accurate and larger Ecto-1 from the real-life set, with Jillian Holtzmann commenting on the fact that it looked roomier.
    • One NPC in the Gremlins Adventure World asks what midnight you're not supposed to feed Mogwai after, such as GMT midnight, or even when the clocks go back.
  • Late-Arrival Spoiler:
    • PotatOS is one of the minikit builds in the Portal levels.
    • The fact that Wheatley came close to destroying the Aperture Science facility in Portal 2 is explicitly stated during the intro cutscene of the Portal level pack, and is often referenced as you play through the levels.
  • Late to the Tragedy: In "Riddle-earth", the characters arrive at Minas Tirith, after the orcs have gotten in. Outside of a handful of guards (who die in short order) and a captive Boromir, there's no sign of anyone still being alive.
  • Leaning on the Fourth Wall:
    • When the gang arrive in the Midway Arcade Dimension, Wyldstyle quickly guesses that they're in a video game. Batman dismisses such a possibility as ridiculous.
    • One of the Rattmann scrawls in the Portal World says "I think I found a glitch!" While this could very well refer to Aperture technology, it seems more likely to talk about the game itself.
    • Abby's response to the high rent of the firehouse, part of which might lampshade the absence of Melissa McCarthy's voice from this game:
      Real estate agent: ...the monthly rent is only a modest 99 billion studs.
      Abby: How much?! Lady, we're scientists, not millionaire movie stars or...video game developers!
    • Both Finn and Sonic get deja vu if you complete their respective levels and reach a certain point.
  • Let's Split Up, Gang: Naturally, the Scooby-Doo-based level makes use of this trope, with Fred tricking Scooby and Shaggy into investigating the nearby carnival, while he, Velma and Daphne explore the creepy mansion (before those three get split up further by circumstance).
  • Lighter and Softer:
    • In this case it's likely done to avoid spoilers. In the Portal 2 Level Pack, it's mentioned several times that Wheatley nearly destroyed Aperture Science. Given his bumbling characterization, one would assume that it was an extreme accident. If you've played the game, you'll know that Wheatley was corrupted and trying to take control of Aperture.
    • The Ghostbusters level leaves out the smoking, Peter Venkman's more unsavory behavior, Dana being dragged forcibly into Gozer's dimension (Instead, she's tempted in by a pizza), and the gags about Walter Peck.
  • Logo Joke: The exclusive Teen Titans Go! episode begins with an Establishing Shot of Titans Tower. A gateway dispenses a lowercase t next to it, forming the Traveler's Tales logo. During the epilogue, the gateway sucks the lowercase t back up.
  • MacGuffin: Besides the gateway's keystones, we have the Foundation Elements, which represent most of the universes from year 1:
    • DC Comics: A shard of Kryptonite
    • The LEGO Movie: Metalbeard's treasure
    • Lord of the Rings: The One Ring/The Palantirnote 
    • Wizard of Oz: Dorothy's ruby slippers
    • The Simpsons: The Inanimate Carbon Rod
    • Ninjago: The Staff of Elements
    • Back to the Future: The flux capacitor
    • Portal: The black forest cake
    • Ghostbusters: The PKE meter
    • Midway Arcade: An arcade token
    • Scooby-Doo!: The Diamond Scarab
  • Manipulative Editing: Used with archived voice clips from Ghostbusters in its Level Pack to change the context of lines and some scenes.
  • Mega Crossover: Not just on the surface, but every individual level contains bits and pieces of the other franchises. It's just like your bedroom floor.
  • Merchandise-Driven: You're still buying LEGO, but with expensive technology that goes into a game.
  • Mind Screw: In-Universe, as Jake notes that riding the Jakemobile doesn't feel right.
  • Money for Nothing: Due to the extreme requirements for getting "rule breaker" status on most levels, the Adventure Worlds especially, it's not impossible for a player to wind up with more studs than they could possibly need.
  • Mr. Exposition: X-PO, a robot that was once Lord Vortech's mook, who now monitors the heroes' portal and provides them with extremely valuable information throughout their journey. He's also a pretty good Deadpan Snarker.
  • Musical Spoiler: For any Doctor Who fans who didn't figure out where they were based on their surroundings (like the giant "c" on the wall), within a few seconds of beginning "A Dalektable Adventure", the refrain of the Cybermen's theme can be heard, giving away the enemy for that part of the level a few minutes ahead of time.
  • Mythology Gag: Lots.
  • Negative Space Wedgie:
    • The Rip Keystone creates one, which then sucks the player characters into another dimension. Once the player has acquired what they need from inside, it collapses.
    • The Phase Keystone acts similarly, but instead of sucking players into another dimension, it instead pulls things out of them.
  • Nerf:
    • The stealth feature, compared to handlings in previous LEGO Adaptation Games. There, invisible characters could still move about at regular speeds. Here, invisible characters walk at a crawl.
    • Normally invincible characters used in Battle Arena Mode will take 8 hits as standard like other characters, eventually respawning as normal.
  • Never Say "Die":
    • Zig-zagged. GLaDOS makes plenty of implications about death and killing, but never explicitly uses the words "die" and "kill" (outside of her credits song). Gamer Kid, however, mentions Perma Death by name when he respawns.
    • Averted completely in certain Year 2 elements, such as a battle against Bellatrix LeStrange in the Harry Potter Adventure World uses an archived audio clip of her taunting the player: "You've could've killed me!"
    • Naturally, this is part of The Goonies' motto.
  • Nice Job Breaking It, Hero!:
    • Batman's quick thinking and technical know-how prevent himself, Wyldstyle and Gandalf ending up in Vortech's fortress on Foundation Prime, but as a result scatter the keystones across the dimensions.
    • The exclusive Teen Titans Go! episode basically amounts to the Titans accidentally causing havoc across the LEGO multiverse, most severely when Raven allows Betelgeuse to help her learn how to build a LEGO gargoyle, which he then hijacks for a rampage.
  • Nice Job Fixing It, Villain!: During the fight with Two-Face, Sauron's use of the Locate Keystone summons up a terminal for the Elemental Keystone, which the heroes use to break the technology affixed to Two-Face's Oliphant.
  • Nintendo Hard: Some areas are this to new players, because the game is very unforgiving to those who aren't familiar with how LEGO video games work.
    • Averted with regards to the actual physical construction. Not everyone has the aptitude to build Lego; fortunately the game is set up in such a way that you can still play the main game and the expansion packs without actually having to build anything (though it's helpful to at least build the characters as it's easier to keep track).
  • No Campaign for the Wicked: Despite several villains and antagonists being playable, and in some cases giving out quests, there's no level focusing singularly on them.
  • No OSHA Compliance:
    • Springfield's Nuclear Plant, once again, though there is some justification in the form of a Micro-Manager crashing right into Sector 7-G and making a mess.
    • Aperture Science, as well. In the Adventure World, one of the tests in Old Aperture is touching a button which may or may not be connected to the mains (figuring that out is the test). Not to mention all those gaping pits with not so much as a handrail.
  • Not Quite the Right Thing: One of the repair jobs in the Mission: Impossible world requires rebuilding a windmill. Unfortunately, it's an actual windmill windmill, not a wind-farm windmill.
  • Not So Different: Robo Sonic's POV shows a chili dog in the top-left corner.
  • Oddball in the Series: The Goonies Level Pack marked the first Level Pack adapted from a movie that never received an official sequel.
  • Opening the Sandbox:
    • Real-world money can be used to purchase packs of characters to access new Adventure Worlds and levels.
    • Studs are used to unlock scenery in the Adventure Worlds.
    • The Doctor Who World needs to have its parts united under one map.
  • Outside-Context Problem: Pretty much all of the villains showing up in other worlds count. For example, the Flying Brick General Zod showing up in the New York of the Ghostbusters, or GLaDOS in Minas Tirith.
  • Out of Focus: Despite having their own adventure worlds and character packs, Legends of Chima and Jurassic World are interestingly absent from the main campaign, beyond the Fire Lion running over the Balrog, and Jurassic World crates being found on Foundation Prime.
    • Averted in Jurassic World's case, as Owen and Blue make a cameo in the Ghostbusting! level during the Ghostbusters 2016 Story Pack.
  • Palette Swap: The Doctor can change to any of his prior regenerations, and Peter Venkman can swap places with Stantz, Spengler, or Zeddemore. In both cases, this is purely cosmetic.
  • Paper-Thin Disguise:
    • The IMF agents in the Level Pack seem to love disguising themselves via glasses and fake mustaches, even when they're women.
    • Discussed by Supergirl in the Meet That Hero: E.T sketch; She points out that E.T can disguise himself as Misses E.T, but notes that a pair of glasses will just do. She then proceeds to show Wyldstyle a picture of Superman, who guesses right off the bat. Supergirl then pulls out a near-identical photo of Superman as Clark Kent, who Wyldstyle doesn't recognise. Cue E.T groaning at the camera.
  • Pass Through the Rings: Some gold bricks in the open worlds are obtainable through races that task the player to drive, swim or fly through rings under strict time limits.
    • Gamer Kid lampshades this during the loading screens, as he can't see any.
  • Peninsula of Power Leveling: Getting medals in the Midway games give enormous amounts of studs.
  • Power Creep: The characters released in year 2 generally have more abilities than the year 1 characters. Marceline and Chase in particular have so many abilities that the overscan has to be turned off to see the full list.
  • Reality Warper: Using the keystones, one can slightly alter reality to their will. Lord Vortech plans to use the foundation elements to do this on a multiversal scale.
  • Recurring Element: Being a beefed-up version of the LEGO Adaptation Games, Dimensions does use various aspects from the other games.
    • Aside from the franchise-mainstay of silver LEGO pieces which require explosives to be destroyed, gold pieces that need to be melted return as well.
    • The ball-activated switches (which date back to LEGO Batman 2) make a return, as do the switches that need to be sprayed with water to activate.
    • Piles of dirt which can be scratched away to reveal something, glowing walls that need super-strength to smash, throwing something at switches designed for it like shields, hidden elements which require a gadget or super-sense to locate, areas where certain characters can use their weapon to deflect lasers and characters Hulking Out into bigfigs return from LEGO Marvel Super Heroes.
    • Translucent blue Lego pieces which require sonic attacks to be smashed, dating back to LEGO Indiana Jones, appear as well.
    • Hatches requiring smaller characters to crawl through them, dating all the way back to LEGO Star Wars, still feature.
    • As is the way with the adaptation games, there is a section involving disco, in this instance it's unlocked when the player acquires all of the gold bricks. Vorton is covered with disco lights, and the characters start dancing along to the music.
    • The Lego City Adventure World uses the Crime in Progress feature, previously featured in LEGO Marvel Super Heroes and Marvel Avengers.
  • Recycled Premise: The Simpsons level pack is entirely based on "El Viaje Mysterioso de Nuestro Homer", the main difference being that Homer is the only speaking character while everyone else is a Heroic Mime. In fact, the level is the episode itself, using the original voices for Homer and the space coyote.
  • Required Party Member:
    • In regards to being able to enter a particular franchise's Adventure World, as well as using certain character abilities in game levels.
    • Any character who unlocks a Level Pack's level, or a Story Pack, has to be on the pad in order to access them.
  • Rewarding Vandalism: As always, smashing anything that's in LEGO form provides studs that can be collected for upgrading vehicles and unlocking scenery in the Adventure Worlds.
  • Robot Buddy: X-PO. You will want to destroy him after about five minutes, guaranteed.
  • Rogues-Gallery Transplant: A key plot point: thanks to Vortech's rift abuse, all sorts of villains have shown up where they logically wouldn't be. Like Sauron landing his tower in the middle of Metropolis.
  • Role Reprisal:
    • Many characters from the original properties retain their actors/voices, such as Ellen McLain as GLaDOS and Christopher Lloyd as Doc Brown.
    • Michael J. Fox returned as Marty McFly — a role he hasn't played for 25 years unless you count the Telltale episodic games.
    • Alison Brie reprises her role as Unikitty, And... don't... make... her... feel... the... OPPOSITE... of... HAPPY!
    • Heck, there are dozens of these. Michelle Gomez as Missy, Nolan North as the Space Core, the list goes on and on. Very few sound-alikes were used, with most of the voices being the original actors, either through reprisal or Fake Shemp.
    • Apart from Peter Capaldi, all the other Doctors use archive audio in the game, allowing the first three actors who played the role to reprise their parts years after they passed away.
  • Scarab Power: One of the Foundation Elements is a Diamond Scarab, representing the world of Scooby-Doo. The Diamond Scarab on its own at seems to grant a mummy powers like summoning creatures, though in reality, the "mummy" was actually Lord Vortech, who was using his own powers as a part of a "Scooby-Doo" Hoax.
  • Scavenger Hunt: How the Locate keystone works. By searching for a small area in a level, it can pull in elements from other universes to assist you.
  • Scenery as You Go: Foundation Prime, where platforms appear as characters approach the edges.
  • Secret Character: While LEGO Batman is represented by Excalibur Batman in the game, the standard LEGO Batman is playable by entry into The LEGO Batman Movie gameplay; upon doing so, the DC Comics Batman will transform into LEGO Batman, and that Red Brick of that Adventure World allows this to be the case anywhere and anytime.
  • Self-Deprecation: SEGA gets in on this via several references in the included Sonic the Hedgehog franchise. See Take That! below.
  • Sequel Hook: We see from someone's viewpoint as they explore Foundation Prime, where their red-sleeved arm gets corrupted by a piece of Vortech, followed by his cackling laugh.
  • Shout-Out:
    • To many of the original franchises, described here.
    • On an out-of-universe note, a mission in the DC World where you have to find lost divers is called "Rolling in the Deep".
    • Talking to the Arcade Master after completing Spy Hunter in "Retro Wreckage" will prompt him to tell you that Spy Hunter was originally going to be be based on a "popular spy movie franchise", but didn't come to light due to not being able to get the licence.
    • In the Adventure Time World, Magic Man asks if you "wanna build a snowhouse.
      • This shows up again in the description for the "Arctic Animal Habitats" Battle Arena description, which states that's there's "no time to build a snowman".
    • Gamer Kid can become invincible for a short period with some music playing in the background and can kill virtually any enemy by walking into them. Now where have we seen that before?
    • After "Breaking the Barrier", a citizen will note that ghosts aren't "cute or friendly", and that cartoons lied.
    • Doesn't Gamer Kid's Super Strength t-shirt look familiar?
    • At one point while helping Dr. Eggman gather chili dogs, he'll rant about Orbot unfriending him on Eggbook.
    • During the concert of the second level of the Ghostbusters story pack, the player is required to assemble a badly undersized Stonehenge to get a minikit piece.
  • Shown Their Work: A gameplay presentation at E3 2017 mentions that one of the lead artists personally constructed all of the non-LEGO props in Adam Maitland's town model in the Beetlejuice Adventure World in real-life to get as much detail as possible applied ingame.
  • Ship Tease:
    • Lumpy Space Princess takes a liking to Slimer.
      • Jake even suggests introducing him to Slime Princess.
      • She also gushes over B.A. Baracus in the first Meet That Hero sketch.
  • Silliness Switch: Several of the red brick extras have effects like adding comic-book-style captions, giving characters disguises or dinosaur hats, or giving vehicles electrical effects out of Back to the Future.
  • Sizeshifter:
    • The Scale keystone, which makes characters grow or shrink on demand.
    • Certain characters also have the power to become giant to smash broken walls, like Homer, CHI'd up characters, or Stay Puft.
  • Spared by the Adaptation: Claire Phelps from Mission: Impossible: in the original film, she gets killed by Jim Phelps after Ethan Hunt outs him as the mole to Eugene Kittridge; here, Jim nearly shoots her, but Ethan knocks the gun out of his hand before he can pull the trigger.
  • Special Edition Title:
    • Due to it following the format of an actual episode, the Doctor Who Level Pack uses LEGO-fied opening titles.
    • The Adventure Time Level uses a slightly toned-down version of the intro, the only main difference is the intro missing the vocals by Pendleton Ward.
    • The Mission: Impossible level uses a LEGO-fied intro.
    • The Sonic the Hedgehog level parodies the Sonic 1 opening, with a bonus of Sonic dashing back and forth past the Sega logo a la Sonic 2.
  • Special Effects Failure: In-Universe: When Eggman raids Tails' workshop for the Chaos Emeralds, the dark, thundering background behind him packs away, revealing it to be a projector screen.
  • Spiritual Successor:
    • The idea of the game is similar to LEGO Time Cruisers, which had the premise of traveling between universes. The game even features the license that was the inspiration for at least one of the sets, Back to the Future.
    • In terms of video games, it's somewhat like LEGO Island 2: The Brickster's Revenge, which also had travelling between different worlds through portals to stop a power-hungry foe.
    • Taken literally with a puzzle shown in the Ghostbusters Level Pack, which featured a haunted computer replicating Peter Venkman's ESP experiment. This is similar to the new Intelligence Panel ability introduced in Year 2, albeit without hurting you when you choose the wrong cards, which instead has you miss out on a stud prize on getting a perfect match.
  • Stable Time Loop: The Doctor Who level has one. The Doctor who rescues the main trio from being stuck in a rift loop has already met them, which enabled him to lock onto Wyldstyle's scanner and pull all of them into his TARDIS using a second grappling hook, which he then gives to Batman. At the level's end, he tells them that he now has to rescue their past selves and is given the grappling hook by Batman.
  • Stealth Pun:
    • In the Year 2 trailer, Wyldstyle goes on a rampage by riding on a motorbike. The first person she tries to run over is Harley Quinn.Give up? 
    • In the Harry Potter adventure world, the Chamber of Secrets has a few Portal elements sprinkled in, making it a Test Chamber of Secrets.
  • Stylistic Suck:
    • The newly-recorded audio in the Scooby-Doo level scratches and hisses to intentionally sound like it was Archive Audio taken right out of the original 60's show.
    • Anything shot by The Pixelator like enemies, the player or even bosses will have their animations slowed down to resemble 8-bit graphics.
    • Characters from The LEGO Movie are animated in the film's faux stop-motion style, barring some cutscenes. They also don't have "elbows" or "knees" like the other characters do. Lampshaded by LEGO Movie Batman:
    I mean, who does that other "Batman" think he IS, showing up with his fancy-pants maneuverable limbs like some kind of... maneuvering guy.
    • The Defender astronauts, and other Midway Arcade NPCs, move as jerkily as they did in sprite form.
  • Summon Bigger Fish: During the first Story Pack, the Ghostbusters get attacked by a Dr. Eggman balloon. In order to fight it, they find and inflate a Sonic balloon.
  • Take That!:
    • Should you have Sonic interact with Lumpy Space Princess:
    Sonic the Hedgehog: Lumpy Space Princess, huh? Last time I met a princess, I....we... you know, I don't quite remember, never mind.
    • In one of the cutscenes for Sonic's levels, Knuckles, Big, and Shadow arrive, the last one with a gun. Knuckles, after throwing a snarky comment in Sonic's direction, then casually takes off one of his gloves, and throws away Shadow's gun.
    • If you have the LEGO Batman Movie Batman interact with Superman, this comes up:
    LEGO Movie!Batman: Oh great, another awkward conversation about how amazing it is that both our moms are called Martha...
  • Team Spirit: Although there is a trophy available for completing a level with only one active character, in truth many levels, adventure worlds and level packs have at least one puzzle that requires more than one character to solve.
  • Teleportation: The Shift keystone allows characters to move between nearby areas.
  • Tempting Fate:
    • In "A Dalektable Adventure", should Gandalf be active when the characters chase the Cyber-Leader's head into the graveyard, he'll hope that in this universe the dead don't rise from the grave. A few minutes later, several Cybermen do in fact spring out of the grave.
    • A man in the Ghostbusters 2016 world likes talking about his brand new security system, and hopes no-one tries stealing from him at night, when he won't be there...
  • That's No Moon!: The Sonic Adventure World has Eggman's Death Egg hovering in the sky above it.
  • The Little Detecto: Wyldstyle's Relic Detector, which can be used on clouds of purple spots to unveil something. The only other characters with the feature are Bad Cop and Chase McCain.
  • The Theme Park Version: The adventure world hubs in comparison with their original counterparts, while the levels featuring them imply that they are just about as large as the originals.
    • Lampshaded by Chase McCain, who recalls the LEGO City Adventure World as not as big as he remembered.
  • Theme Tune Cameo: Each franchise with a recognizable theme has it play at least once, but subtler examples are in Oz's Kansas, whose music takes cues from "Over the Rainbow", and female NPCs in the Scooby-Doo world who will hum the classic tune.
  • There Are No Rules: The game's tagline, which it follows up on. For instance, Gollum can drive the Batmobile through the streets of New Ninjago City.
  • This Looks Like a Job for Aquaman: The Trope Namer himself is the only character capable of interacting with water pools and talking to fish for certain puzzles.
  • Throw It In: In-Universe: When helping Hannibal film The Aquamaniac, the entire take gets crashed by criminals, which causes the crew to simply write it off as "The Aquamaniac's mind-controlled henchmen".
  • Time Crash:
    • The completed Doctor Who adventure world gives off this impression, seeing as it combines 4 planets (Mars, Telos, Trenzalore, and Skaro) with two versions of London (Modern day and 19th century).
    • To a lesser extent the DC Comics adventure world gives off a similar effect by mashing up Gotham, Metropolis, and Atlantis.
    • The Midway Arcade adventure world has this effect as well, with aesthetics from various Midway Arcade games clashing and overlapping with each other.
    • The Sonic adventure world has levels from all four main Genesis games being connected to one another, though most of the areas were originally part of a single landmass anyway (namely, Angel Island).
  • Title Drop:
    • Downplayed in the main story, as the word LEGO, (aside from the Toy Pad on Vorton and on Joel McHale's desk) is only mentioned verbally ONCE per save file; Unikitty runs off to "pack some rainbow-colored LEGO bricks" in the prologue, which can never be replayed unless the player starts another save file.
    • Casually invoked in the Adventure Time Level.
    • Knuckles' sidequest in the Sonic the Hedgehog Adventure World is called LEGO Dimensions & Knuckles.
  • Tournament Arc: While this game doesn't have one, it crosses over with the one from season 4 of Ninjago.
  • Too Dumb to Live: A Lexbot in "Painting the Town Black" will flat-out walk into an obviously dangerous LexCorp barrier.
  • Uncanny Valley: Invoked by the Autons, with their strange and jerky movements and basic colors.
  • Un-person: The game tried doing this with the Midway Arcade levels before it was released. It was kind of meaningless, since the Level Pack was already advertised, and the gateway remained on the hub level.
  • Unusually Uninteresting Sight:
    • No matter where the three main characters go, no-one who doesn't recognize them ever seems to comment on their appearance, despite that no matter where they go at least one of them will inevitably stand out. The sole exception is the Mayor of 1885 Hill Valley being confused by "a lady wearing britches", saying nothing of the wizard or man dressed like a bat.
    • Likewise, none of the characters are at all perturbed by the visibly broken planet in full view of Vorton, or comment on where the gateways came from, or why Vorton appears to be abandoned.
  • Useless Useful Stealth: Although vehicles like the Invisible Jet and the TARDIS have a stealth cloaking ability, most stealth areas with laser cameras in the Adventure Worlds are intended for characters who have Stealth abilities by themselves, like Batman. A character may need to pull a lever within range of the laser cameras, and it's impossible to do that while driving/flying a vehicle.
  • Video Game Cruelty Punishment: In the opening part of "Once Upon A Time Machine In The West", some farm animals are milling about. If you attack them (or hit them by accident), they will gang up and attack you. This is in contrast with non-player human characters who will either run away or just let you destroy them (usually to reappear moments later).
  • Violation of Common Sense:
    • Kansas is a secret area in the Wizard of Oz dimension, with some quests and tasks necessary for completion. The way to get there is through a mini hatch in Dorothy's crashed house, but there's an easier, perhaps more startling way to get there- jump off the floating Oz landmass.
    • In-Universe: Ethan Hunt carries an endless supply of explosive chewing gum and pulls it out from his mouth, despite Jack specifically telling him not to chew it.
  • Visual Pun: In the LEGO Batman Movie Story Pack, Batman admits to Joker (like in the movie) from atop a minifigure ladder that foiling his schemes helps him realize how "connected" he is to the people of Gotham.
  • Weird Sun: Appears in The LEGO Movie World, and turns over to reveal a Weird Moon when a jet switch is powered.
  • What Happened to the Mouse?:
    • Not a person, but rather Gandalf's sword Glamdring, which he's seen wielding in the beginning, in his fight with the Balrog, and carrying after Batman rescues him. Then it just disappears entirely, without comment.
    • There is no mention of what happens to Dorothy Gale after Vortech's defeat. Considering she shows up in the Ghostbusters 2016 Story Pack, it's implied that Lord Vortech let her go at some point or was freed.
    • In-Universe: In "Sonic Dimensions", after Sonic saves all of his friends from Eggman early in the level, he realises that Amy isn't here despite her also being captured. She went into hiding and ended up on the Death Egg, allowing her to take the final Chaos Emerald from Eggman and give it to Sonic.
  • Wham Episode: "Prime Time". Lord Vortech finally gathers all the Foundation Elements to create the Foundation of all Dimensions, and he also combines Robin, Frodo and MetalBeard to create The Tri.
  • Wham Shot: In each Story Pack, you are introduced to a new keystone, which when powered-up, shows what it is.
  • Wizard Needs Food Badly: While the trope itself doesn't apply, the original quote, in all of its arcade-esque glory, appears as part of the Gauntlet section.
  • Wimp Fight: How the two Batmen fight each other, slapping at each other lightly while wincing away.
  • World of Weirdness: According to Wyldstyle, the land of Oz manages to make Cloud Cuckoo Land seem normal.
  • Writing Around Trademarks:
    • Jillian Holtzmann is STILL eating Pringles, even though the can she pulls out doesn't say Pringles.
    • Due to Snow White being a Disney property, you instead treat the Gremlins in the Kingston Falls Cinema with Stud Silver and the Seven Microfigures.
  • X-Ray Sparks:
    • Caused by being shot by the Daleks, although not as fatal this time.
    • This can also happen when getting hit by an electric attack. The element of electricity doesn't seem to cause this, though.
  • You Mean "Xmas": The Gremlins adventure world is decorated with snow, colorful lights, and decorated trees, yet no actual mention of Christmas is made. Lampshaded by one NPC who proclaims one of the world's restorations to be a "non-specific holiday miracle". Subverted by Pete Fountaine, who states that he needs a "Christmas miracle", being the only character to refer to the holiday by name.

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