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  • "Come with me if you wanna not die." Additionally, Lord Business's Skeletrons resemble Terminators.
  • Wyldstyle's introduction, feats of skill, and role in rescuing the prophesied hero is comparable to that of Trinity of The Matrix. The Think Tank is similar in concept to the cells where the Machines put the humans to use them as living batteries. There's also Emmet finally grasping the rules of his universe in the climax.
    "I can see everything!"
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  • One of the locations is called "Cloudcuckooland", a Shout-Out to Aristophanes. Cloudcuckooland's style is a shout-out to Twice Upon a Time.
  • Bad Cop announces, "Ruh-roh!" when he arrives to attack Cloudcuckooland.
  • The location for the Lego Castle theme in this world is referred to as "Middle Zealand".
  • BIONICLE, LEGO Speed Racer, Fabuland and LEGO Friends get a reference in a blink-and-you'll-miss-it montage explained by Wyldstyle. Some see it as a Take That! against these lines because Wyldstyle doesn't deem them worth mentioning by name.
    • The map of the LEGO universe can be seen in another part of Wyldstyle's Expospeak, containing further references to LEGO themes, such as Atlantis, Pharaoh's Quest, Technic Mecha Cave and Vladek's Realm.
  • One of Octan co. security measures is laser sharks with Frickin' Laser Beams strapped onto their heads.
  • Batman fighting a two-faced character played by Liam Neeson, works with Morgan Freeman and telling Lucy that Emmet was the hero she deserved in the finale. And Batman was fighting a Dirty Cop, which were his enemies during his early years.
    • On the other hand, Bruce Wayne looks a little psychotic, but he fits right in with the rest of the corporate robots.
  • At Cloud Cuckooland, Batman is annoyed by a clown and a man in a dino suit. So the Joker and Killer Croc, essentially.
    • Conversely, the dino suit could be a Shout Out to the T. rex Batman keeps in his Batcave.
  • During the attack on Cloud Cuckooland, a unicorn runs by on fire. The same thing is witnessed during the climax of Avatar.
    • The destruction of Cloudcuckooland is also similar to the terrorist attack on the good side of Imaginationland from South Park's Imaginationland trilogy.
  • Emmet's fall down the black hole marking the edge of the universe resembles the Stargate sequence from 2001: A Space Odyssey. Additionally, Lord Business refers to his flying headquarters as a "black monolith".
    • The flying monolith also resembles the square ships used by the Vogons when they destroy earth. The Vogons similarly cause panic when they take over communication channels
  • An extremely subtle reference is slipped in during the climax, shouting out to BrickFilm community. One of the first major BrickFilms (stop-motion movies made out of Lego, no doubt a big inspiration for the film) was ''The Magic Portal'', made sometime in the late 80s. Now, look at the tube that Finn uses to send Emmet back into the Lego world at the end: what's it called? The Magic Portal.
  • Batman crashing the Batwing through the "sun" and producing a Bat-symbol is likely a Shout-Out to the 1989 Batman film, wherein the plane did the same thing to the Moon. The symbol itself is the one used in The Dark Knight Trilogy.
  • Johnny Thunder's cameo role includes two jokes referencing his Indiana Jones Expy status: An Indy Hat Roll through the portal when Wyldstyle explains how the Master Builders escaped Lord Business's forces and running from a golf ball during the assault on Cloud Cuckooland.
  • One of the title cards inexplicably plays a snippet of the Double Dare theme.
  • Three shout outs to Liam Neeson's famous line in the Clash of the Titans remake.
    • When chasing Wyldstyle and Emmet in the city, Bad Cop says on his radio: "Release the Copper-Chopper!"
    • Lord Business later declares: "Release the Kragle!"
    • When Metalbeard states the rules of piracy, one of the rules that can be seen is: "Never release a Kraken."
  • The "KrazyGlue" is a nod to the reveal of Voyager 6 in Star Trek: The Motion Picture.
  • A dolphin chirp is thrown in when Emmet is being booed by the Master Builders (specifically, from a shark that someone threw at him). Dolphins were a Running Gag in Clone High.
    • The Cleopatra mini-fig waves pom poms when the NBA all-stars are fighting Bad Cop and the micromanagers. Cleo in Clone High was a cheerleader.
    • The DVD-exclusive short Michelangelo and Lincoln: History Cops has definite shades of Black and Tan from the episode "Film Fest: Tears of a Clone".
  • The term "Master Builder" is a title given to employees of LEGO whose job entails helping to design new sets and also building large, complex statues out of LEGO bricks, the kind that are commonly displayed at LEGO theme parks and retail stores.
  • The 'melting chamber' device is basically the device Darth Vader used to torture Han Solo in Cloud City.
  • The melting chamber is also very reminiscent of the famous laser scene in Goldfinger.
  • The favorite TV show of everyone in Bricksburg, Where are my Pants?, is a not-so-subtle reference to "I'd Buy That for a Dollar!" or "Ow My Balls!".
    • When Wyldstyle yells "I found your pants, series is over!", it seems like a reference to How I Met Your Mother, a series that ends when the title of the show is answered. Specifically, because directors Lord and Miller wrote for that show.
  • The vision Emmet receives when he touches the Piece could just as well have been delivered by a Prothean beacon.
  • In Emmet's brain, they have a vision of Finn that looks an awful lot like Crazy Hand. The premises between the two franchises are similar as well.
  • When the team infiltrates Lord Business' Tower, Wildstyle tells Emmet that they're in the clear by giving him The Signal
  • In the Old West, Emmet and co. try to escape Bad Cop with a horse-drawn DeLorean.
  • Metalbeard himself, being a Humongous Mecha that looks like a similar named bipedal robot from another series.
  • Morgan Freeman talking about The Man upstairs
  • The voice-activated computer in Lord Business's lair acts like a poorly-functioning version of Siri.
  • Vitruvius was the original architect, writing ten books on the subject that laid the foundation for building as we know it, before being voiced by Morgan Freeman.
  • Emmet starts his day with exercise and a round of TV, as mandated by the government. Also counts as a non-naughty Parental Bonus.
  • The DVD Commentary reveals that President Business' expressions during his Heel–Face Turn were partially inspired by those of the Grinch.
  • This is not the first time a character portrayed by Liam Neeson was told "Nothing personal, just business".
  • Business uses an army of Robot police, as well as Bad Cop's entire character arc. He starts out with a kind side, only to have it erased by a Corrupt Corporate Executive so that he can be his loyal stooge, before realising that he was being used and dispatched. He then overrides his lawful duties, changes his face to a more benign (albeit a unsettling) one and helps the heroes stop his cruel master.
  • When Bad Cop rides in on a horse in the Old West, is it a Bad Horse?
  • The climatic battle bears an extremely strong resemblance to the final climatic battle of the Phineas and Ferb movie (down to having villains extremely obsessed with order taking over the city/Tri-State Area with a horde of flying robots, only to be taken down by an equally large and awesome horde of creations made from people's imaginations).
    • The video game also has a giant mechanical spider as the Final Boss, which you finish off by severing its arms and throwing them back at its body. This is similar to Metal Gear EXCELSUS in Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance.
  • The large LEGO brick balancing on its corner in Bricksburg is a reference to the Alamo Cube, a piece of public art in New York City.
  • Even though they were mocking Star Wars with that Millennium Falcon bit, Emmet stopping the bad guy by talking him into making a Heel–Face Turn and believing that he can be good instead of fighting him is comparable to Luke and Vader in Return of the Jedi. Even more so when you know that it is actually representing a son talking to his father.
  • The tie-in video game and Lego Dimensions show that Unikitty has telekinetic powers that come from her horn.
  • The bit where Emmet drives the motorcycle through a house that fell on its side is a nod to a scene in the 1996 movie Twister.


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